American Pharoah is one win away from becoming the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the horse racing Triple Crown.
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Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah has drawn the 5 post for the Belmont Stakes this Saturday as he pursues the final jewel of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.
Just over 72 hours ahead of the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes, the eight contenders had their posts drawn by random lottery
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American Pharoah is the third horse in the last four years to win the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and contend for the elusive Triple Crown at Belmont Park. It is also the second year in a row that jockey Victor Espinoza will race for the Triple Crown after finishing fourth with California Chrome in 2014.
The Belmont is easily the longest race of the three Triple Crown jewels, which has a length of 12 furlongs (1.5 miles) whereas the Kentucky Derby and Preakness have lengths of 10 and 9 furlongs respectively.
American Pharoah’s toughest opponents will be Frosted (post 6) and Materiality (post 8), both of whom finished in the top six at the Kentucky Derby but skipped the Preakness so as to have several weeks of extra rest. The other five opponents are Mubtaahij (post 1) which placed 8th at the Derby, Tale of Verve (post 2) which finished 2nd at the Preakness, Madefromlucky (post 3) which won the Peter Pan stakes, Frammento (post 4) which finished 11th at the Derby, and Keen Ice (post 7) which finished 7th at the Kentucky Derby.
The last horse to win the Triple Crown was Affirmed in 1978. Since then there have been 13 other horses that won the first two jewels of the Triple Crown before either losing or not participating in the Belmont.