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.
On June 9th, 2018, Justify raced into history when he won the 2018 Belmont Stakes. He became the 13th Triple Crown™ winner and the second horse to achieve this while being undefeated. Not only did he win the true “Test of the Champion,” but he performed this in wire-to-wire fashion, making it look so easy, which we all know it is not.
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.
Belmont Stakes is the oldest, longest and final leg of the Triple Crown™ races making it the one of the most exciting horse races. Originating in 1867, it has been held at various racetracks during its time but moved to Belmont Park in Elmont, New York in 1905 and has been held there ever since.
It all started on May 5th at the 144th Kentucky Derby®, then escalated at the Preakness Stakes this past Saturday the 19th, now, it all comes down to the 150th Belmont Stakes on June 9th. Justify has won two of the three legs of the Triple Crown™. The question on every horse racing fans mind is, can he win it all and become the 13th Triple Crown™ winner?