The Belmont Stakes

Saturday June 6, 2015: Belmont Park



Thursday June 4 and Friday June 5: the contenders prepare

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah will have to outrun seven other three year olds in order to win the Belmont and, with it, the Triple Crown. He's faced–and beaten–each of them before.
Keen Ice, a son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, returns to his stall after a post-gallop bath. Trained by Dale Romans, Keen Ice was seventh in the Kentucky Derby.
Tale of Verve (by Tale of Ekati), who was second to American Pharoah in the Preakness Stakes, is trained by Dallas Stewart.

Madefromlucky, one of two Todd Pletcher-trained entries in the race, finished second to American Pharoah in the grade II Rebel Stakes. His sire is Lookin At Lucky, who was the Eclipse champion colt at both 2 and 3.
Irish-bred Mubtaahij (by Dubawi) is based in Dubai and trained by Michael de Kock. His only previous U.S. race was the Kentucky Derby.
Frosted was 4th in the Kentucky Derby. His sire is Tapit and Kiaran McLaughlin is his trainer.

Frammento, who also ran in the Derby, is Nick Zito's entry in the Belmont. His sire is Midshipman.
Materiality, a colt by Preakness and Belmont winner Afleet Alex, is Todd Pletcher's second entrant in Saturday's race. He finished 6th in the Kentucky Derby.
American Pharoah, Jorge Alvarez aboard, heads to the track for his Friday morning gallop.
Ahmed Zayat, who owns the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, watches.
Bob Baffert, on stable pony Smokey, entertains members of the media who have gathered to witness American Pharoah's post-exercise bath.
Much-photographed and well-washed, American Pharoah returns to his stall.

Race Day

Pony riders enter the track just ahead of the eight Belmont contenders.

American Pharoah will break from post number 5.
His jockey, Victor Espinoza, chews gum and blows bubbles as he joins the post parade.
Start of the race, from left: Frosted, American Pharoah, Frammento, Madefromlucky, Tale of Verve, Mubtaahij.
The horses race to the first turn.

Heading down the stretch, American Pharoah distances himself from the pack.
American Pharoah wins the Belmont Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths, and with it the Triple Crown.
Fans celebrate the victory and the end of a 37-year wait for a Triple Crown, last won by Affirmed in 1978.
Victor Espinoza came close to winning the Triple Crown twice before, with War Emblem in 2002 and California Chrome in 2014.
Ahmed Zayat leads his colt down Victory Lane to the winner's circle.

Shortly after the end of the race, a sign bearing American Pharoah's name was added to those honoring the eleven previous winners of the Triple Crown.
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