This next June 6 at the Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. will be run for the 141st time the Belmont Stakes. Sometimes called “The Test of the Champion”, this race is the last part of the Triple Crown and is one of the hardest to win and also the longest to race with 1 and a half miles.
Even though many of the Triple Crown contenders presume to have what it takes, just a select few will be up to the challenge that this race represents.
The Belmont Stakes is called the "Run for the Carnations" because of the blanket of white carnations that are draped over the winner's neck. This year's race was held on Saturday June 9th, 2007 and won by Rags to Riches, the first filly to win the race since 1905 (and the third filly ever). Because of its length (one lap around the enormous Belmont main track), and because it is the final race of the Triple Crown, it is called the "Test of the Champion". Most three-year-olds are unaccustomed to the distance, and lack the experience, if not the ability, to maintain a winning speed for so long. In a long race such as the Belmont, positioning of the horse and the timing of the move to chase for the lead can be critical.
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Belmont Park is a major thoroughbred horse-racing facility located just outside New York City, in the adjacent Nassau County suburb of Elmont, Long Island. Its mile-and-a-half (2.4 km) main track is the largest dirt course in Thoroughbred racing. It first opened May 4, 1905.
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