The brilliant colt, who seemingly runs without effort, won the Kentucky Derby and then the Preakness stakes. Now Belmont Stakes. Can American Pharoah win it and become only the 12th horse to win the illusive Triple Crown?
Join us at Turf Paradise this Saturday to be part of potential history-making sport’s event when American Pharoah carries the hopes of so many to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.
At Turf Paradise doors will open at 8:00 am on Belmont Day Saturday.
The first Belmont simulcast is at 8:35 am.
The Belmont Stakes is scheduled for 3:50 pm
OTB’s will open at 9:30 am.
Advanced wagering for Belmont Day’s entire card will take place at approximately 4:00 pm Friday.
The air-conditioned Clubhouse, Turf Club and Players’ Club will be open at Turf Paradise. There is no admission charge or seat charge.
The Grandstand will be closed.
The Turf Club will offer an all-day buffet for $25 per person.
The Clubhouse will offer a limited A La Carte menu.
A field of eight was drawn for the Belmont Stakes with American Pharoah drawing the five post with regular rider Victor Espinoza aboard for trainer Bob Baffert for the 1 ½ miles test.
Since the last Triple Crown winner, Affirmed in 1978, there have been 14 horses, which just like American Pharoah had won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness but failed to win the Belmont Stakes and claim the Triple Crown.
Nor is it the first time for Baffert to be in this position, with three of his horses (Silver Charm, 1997, Real Quiet, 1998 and War Emblem, 2002) winning the first two legs of the Triple Crown, but failing to capture the last jewel in the crown, the Belmont Stakes..
Goes to show just how tough an athletic achievement winning the Triple Crown really is.
PP Horse Jockey Odds
1 Mubtaahij Irad Ortiz 10-1
2 Tale of Verve Gary Stevens 15-1
3 Madefromlucky Javier Castellano 12-1
4 Frammento Mike Smith 30-1
5 American Pharoah Victor Espinoza 3-5
6 Frosted Joel Rosario 5-1
7 Keen Ice Kent Desormeaux 20-1
8 Materiality John Velazquez 6-1
In addition to the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, the following stakes will be part of Saturday’s Belmont card:
$500,000 Woody Stephens, $300,000 Jaipur, $1,000,000 Ogden Phipps, $400,000 Brooklyn, $750,000 Acorn, $1,250,000 Metropolitan, and the $1,000,000 Manhattan.