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Secretariat dominance in the Belmont Stakes 45 years ago today

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  1. g8orbill

    g8orbill Old Gator VIP Member

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  2. ArtVandelay

    ArtVandelay GC Hall of Fame

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    I kept rooting for a horse to win the Triple Crown since it hadn't been done in forever. Now I am rooting for it not to happen.
     
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  3. vaxcardinal

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    only 5 horses in the race...not much competition
     
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    Hofburg 9-2. Book it!
     
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  5. g8orbill

    g8orbill Old Gator VIP Member

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    there are 2 reason s for this

    1- it is a mile and a half and the Belmont usually has the smallest field of the triple crown races for this reason
    2- Secretariat's dominance in the other 2 races(1973 Preakness only had 6 entries as well)
     
  6. G8rNkoko

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    The most amazing thing about Big Red is in the 45 years since he ran in the triple crown races that he still to this day has the fastest times for each of the races.
     
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  7. Juggernautz

    Juggernautz Don't tread on me! VIP Member

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    Affirmed, FL bred horse winning the Belmont:

     
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  8. WhattaGator

    WhattaGator All Along The Watchtower Moderator VIP Member

    There are 10 horses in the Belmont field. (Man, how I miss hanging out at Belmont all the time, playing the ponies)

    Justify won the Preakness by 1/2 a length, with several horses closing fast, including Bravazo. I have a feeling that, having not being run as a 2 tear old, and having run so many races so quickly, that Justify isn't going to have enough to go a full mile and a half.

    I'm gonna make my picks... anyone else?

    WPS..8
    Exacta Box 4-8
    Trifecta Box 3-4-8
    Superfecta Box 1-3-4-8

    NOTE.. #8; Vino Rossi
    #4; Hofburg
    #3; Bravazo
    #1; Justify
     
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  9. WhattaGator

    WhattaGator All Along The Watchtower Moderator VIP Member

    It was done 3 years ago, when American Pharaoh did it. (2015)
     
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  10. ArtVandelay

    ArtVandelay GC Hall of Fame

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    I know. I meant that I kept rooting until that happened. Not that it’s been done recently, I am hoping it’s awhile since it happens again.
     
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    This just in -- New Triple Crown Winner!
     
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  12. ArtVandelay

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    I had Gronk. Took a little too long to get going. Congrats to Justify! Incredible accomplishment
     
  13. mutz87

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    Late great Chic Anderson's call of the 1973 Belmont was almost as sublime as Secretariat crushing it.

    Way to go Justify! Wire to wire. Still undefeated.
     
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  14. lacuna

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    This is a video of the last horse race I ever watched. The 2006 Preakness when Barbaro broke his right rear leg.

     
  15. Juggernautz

    Juggernautz Don't tread on me! VIP Member

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  16. buckeyegator

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    alydar was born a year too early, has to be the greatest not to win the triple crown, each race with affirmed was closer.
     
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  17. GatorNavy

    GatorNavy Damn the torpedoes! Moderator Premium Member

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    I am not a fan of horse racing, because it is an industry that has the welfare of racing horses is not at the top of the list. For every pampered top of the heap racing horse, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of horses that are being pushed, breaking down and then dumped on the 'off the track' market. I have been to auctions for off the track thoroughbreds and it is a really sad sight.

    There is no national standard for footing at race tracks. Look at the sloppy track conditions at the Preakness and Derby this year. These horses are raced under conditions where money is the deciding factor and not the welfare of the horse. Mud? So what, the race must go on. Bowed tendon be damned. Barbaro is an example of what can go wrong, even in good conditions.

    I will give credit to the owners of Justify for campaigning him as a rare, more physically mature three year old.
     
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  18. vaxcardinal

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    there was nothing wrong with the track when Barbaro was injured.
     
  19. GatorNavy

    GatorNavy Damn the torpedoes! Moderator Premium Member

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    I meant Barbaro was just an example of what can go wrong at any time. I edited ti reflect that.
     
  20. wygator

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    And the all-time record for the Belmont distance.