Watching and Attending the Belmont Stakes

June 05, 2008 03:37 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
On Saturday Big Brown tries to become horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 30 years.

30-Second Summary

Post positions were drawn on Wednesday to set the field for Saturday’s 140th running of the Belmont Stakes.

Heavy favorite Big Brown will break from the rail position in a field of 10. Big Brown, winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, has a chance to become the sport’s first Triple Crown winner in 30 years. In that time, 10 horses, including Smarty Jones and Funny Cide, won the first two legs but fell short at Belmont.

Big Brown’s most threatening opponent is Casino Drive, who is a half-brother to the last two Belmont Stakes winners, Rags to Riches and Jazil. Casino Drive won his career debut in Japan in February and then easily won the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park, in fast time, a month ago.

Television coverage of Belmont’s 13-race card begins at noon on ESPN. At 5:00, coverage shifts to ABC for the Belmont Stakes. Scheduled post time is 6:25 p.m. EDT.

The Belmont Stakes has provided the stage for some of horseracing’s most dramatic moments, particularly when it has featured a Triple Crown candidate.

Headline Link: Big Brown draws rail post, set as heavy favorite

Background: Big Brown wins Derby and Preakness; Triple Crown history

Reference: Attending the Belmont Stakes

Related Topics: Further reading on the Triple Crown and Belmont Stakes


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