After one of the craziest Triple Crown trails in thoroughbred racing history, all eyes are pointed to the Belmont Stakes for the grand finale.
Even after a century-and-a-half of racing, the Kentucky Derby® can still produce moments that we've never seen before.
We've already discussed why you should attend the Belmont Stakes, but we still have yet to drive home what really makes this race different from its Triple Crown™ counterparts. While it's often grouped together with the other treble sprints, the Belmont Stakes has unique merit and value that helps differentiate it from the rest. While it is seen as one of three, it carries enough weight to stand truly on its own.
American Pharoah and Justify have both left an eternal mark on horse racing history.
Winning the Belmont Stakes ensures a horse's place in the history books, but completing the "Test of Champions" faster than any other competitors puts them into another stratosphere.
As I've said before when we looked at the top Belmont Stakes winners of all-time, this race is more than just a 1 1/2-mile sprint. The Belmont Stakes carries the weight of the entire Triple Crown™ on its back, even in non-treble years.
The Belmont Stakes will forever be intrinsically linked to the Triple Crown™, but the race also has the legs to stand on its own. While it's known as the third, and final, jewel of the Triple Crown™, the Belmont Stakes should be better remembered for its century-and-a-half history that out-spans both the Kentucky Derby® and the Preakness Stakes.
The 150th running of the Belmont Stakes is just days away, as is the potential to see horse racing history. After claiming first place finishes in the 2018 Kentucky Derby® and Preakness Stakes, Justify is looking to secure the final jewel of the coveted Triple Crown™ at Belmont Park on Saturday. Justify would be the 13th horse ever to accomplish the feat, and the first since American Pharaoh broke a 37-year long drought in 2015.