It may be unseen to the public eye, but the hours that a trainer puts in with a horse are what separates contenders from champions.
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.