That’s a long long time.
I was 8 years old when Affirmed beat Alydar for the third consecutive time to become the 11th Triple Crown winner in history. Since then, 13 horses have stared down
and the mile and a half Belmont Stakes with a chance at becoming number 12. All 13 have failed. I’ve watched every single one of them and, to be honest, I’ve rooted against most of them. For a variety of reasons, the others didn’t feel right to me. None of the others had the power of
or the brilliance of
or the class of Citation.
This Saturday, American Pharoah takes his turn at horse racing immortality. He comes into the race of smashing, convincing victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Although he will be an overwhelming favorite to win on Saturday in New York and become the 12th Triple Crown winner in history, most pundits have enough history on their side to believe Pharoah will lose in the same manner as California Chrome, Big Brown, Spectacular Bid and the others who have tried and failed.
Listed below are the top three reasons American Pharoah will win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday and become number 12.