Much at stake Saturday at Belmont Park
Much of the suspense was sucked out of the Belmont Stakes when Oxbow won the Preakness Stakes three weeks ago and threw a wrench into Kentucky Derby winner Orb and trainer Shug McGaughey's plans to win the Triple Crown. The bettors will still watch Saturday's race around 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Belmont Park on Long Island, but casual fans may need more incentive. Winning two of the three Triple Crown races doesn't happen every year, and here are some rare and interesting scenarios for viewers to consider if they end up spending a few minutes watching the race.
Orb can become the third horse since 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed to win the Derby and the Belmont. The last horse to do so was D. Wayne Lukas-trained Thunder Gulch in 1995, but a third-place finish in Baltimore cost him the Triple Crown. Orb was fourth in the Preakness.
Oxbow has a chance to become the sixth horse since Affirmed to win the final two Triple Crown races. The feat was last accomplished in 2005 by Afleet Alex, trainer Tim Ritchey’s colt who finished third in that year’s Kentucky Derby. Oxbow was sixth at Churchill Downs last month.