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Belmont is fun but anti-climatic

Posted by Betonline Team on 6/9/2016 2:24:22 AM
Belmont is fun but anti-climatic

The Triple Crown is not on the line for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park.

And you can forget the rivalry theme. Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist is not running against Preakness winner Exaggerator. It is an anti-climactic finish to the third race of America’s premier horse racing series.

A year ago, 90,000 fans packed the house to see American Pharaoh win the Belmont and claim the first Triple Crown in 37 years. This year you can expect a smaller crowd and smaller television audience as 10 three-year olds try to upset Exaggerator.

“That’s the only bad thing, and I’m a big fan too, about beating the Derby winner in the Preakness,” Exaggerator trainer Keith Desormeaux said during a conference call with reporters this week. “You lose a lot of mainstream media and maybe the casual fans that might turn on the TV to watch a potential Triple Crown event. I’d think we lost a few fans.”

The goal is to beat Exaggerator who won the Santa Anita. He came from 15 lengths back to finish second in the Derby and rallied to beat Nyquist running away at the Derby. He has three second-place finishes and has banked almost $3 million.

There could be an exciting finish. Exaggerator is a good finisher but so is Cherry Wine, Brody’s Cause, Lani, Creator, and Suddenbreakingnews. The race is 1.5 miles long, which is the longest of the Triple Crown races. Strategy will play a key role for the winner.

You cannot host a Triple Crown every year. That’s why the New York Racing Association hosts a three-day festival leading up to the race. It runs Thursday through Saturday and runs several big money races with concerts and food trucks.

“We knew we weren’t going to have a Triple Crown every year,” NYRA president Chris Kay said. “That’s why we put in so many Grade 1 races on the card; so this is the place to be whether there’s a Triple Crown or not.”

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