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Posted by on 5/20/2015 3:50:22 AM

Despite the game win in the Kentucky Derby and despite the impressive run away in the slop in the Preakness American Pharoah will not likely scare anybody away in the Belmont Stakes.

A full field is in prospect with some serious runners that skipped the middle Jewel.

The brilliant runner will be trying to thwart a 37-year drought since Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978.American Pharoah is the 14th horse to win the Derby and Preakness. A dozen made it to theBelmont Stakes, I’ll Have Another did not make that race and all failed to complete the ‘Golden Trifecta’.

As a testament and indication of how the breeding and racing industry in America is at this point, American Pharoah, who is trained by Bob Baffert, will be the only horse that year to run in all three Triple Crown races.

Frosted and Materiality, who both had bad trips in the Kentucky Derby are pointing to the Belmont Stakes. Last year Tonalist skipped the first 2 legs but then won the Peter Pan Stakes and then upset California Chrome in the Belmont.

This year, Madefromlucky will be trying to duplicate that feat.

Mark Casse trains Danzig Moon, who had a rough trip in the Preakness and Conquest Curlinate, who recently ran second in the Peter Pan, will represent him.

Conquest Curlinate was not nominated for this race so he will have to be supplemented to the race, as the owners must come up with $75,000 to start.

Carpe Diem, Frammento, Keen Ice, Mubtaahij and War Story will also make the trip to the Big Apple.

Tale of Verve , the Preakness second, will try American Pharoah again in New York.

If all of these mentioned runners go in the Belmont Stakes, American Pharoah will be attempting to beat 34 total rivals in the 3 races.

War Admiral beat 32 before turning the Triple Crown, Affirmed beat 20, Secretariat beat 21 and Count Fleet beat the fewest foes, 14 in 1943.

For trainer Baffert, this is the fourth time he will be trying to win the Triple Crown. He brought Silver Charm, War Emblem and Real Quiet to the Belmont Stakes seeking the Crown but all failed and in 2001 his student Point Given won the Belmont after losing in the Kentucky Derby and winning the Preakness.

Todd Pletcher will likely saddled 3 runners in the Belmont Stakes, Carpe Diem, Materiality and Madefromlucky. Of those three, Materiality could very well be the most potent.


He tasted defeat for the first time in the Kentucky Derby but he showed courage in the process. Materiality hesitated at the break in the Derby, and was away dead last. He dropped far off the pace, lost ground when 4 wide down the backstretch, continued 4 wide to the top of the lane, kept to his task and showed considerable interest when a less talented runner would have thrown in the towel.

In his prior three races, Materiality had everything pretty much his own way. He learned in the Derby to compete and survive under adverse circumstances.

Doing historic things are not supposed to be easy and for American Pharoah it won’t be either.

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