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Numbers and more numbers for the Belmont

11:48 AM 22 May 2015 NZST
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The Triple Crown
The Triple Crown
Three jockeys have won the Belmont twice in the new Millennium - John Velazquez, Edgar Prado and Mike Smith.
 
102 years between FILLIES winning the Belmont 1905 Tanya, 2007 Rags To Riches.
 
5 - Five Straight Belmonts for Woody Stephens-1982-1986 NONE before NONE after.
 
678 horses have lined up and started in the Kentucky Derby SINCE Affirmed last won the Triple Crown in 1978.
 
1997-2009 "Sidewalks Of New York" the Theme song.
 
2010 "Empire State Of Mind.
 
2011-2015 "New York New York".
 
70-1 was the price on Sarava who ended Bob Bafferts's LAST Triple Crown bid-2002-with War Emblem.
 
Three-time eclipse winning jockey Braulio Baeza's hat trick - he won the Belmont three times on three DIFFERENT Surfaces. 1961 and 1969 at Belmont the second time on a revamped track-1963 at Aquedect.
 
Mike Tabor is the ONLY owner since 1986 to win the Belmont TWICE!  2007 Rags To Riches, 1995 Thunder Gulch.
 
6 of the last 7 Triple Crown winners were also the defending 2 YO CHAMPION - (Assault the only one who wasn't).
 
6 of the last 7 Triple Crown winners in harness racing - were NOT the 2 YO CHAMPION (Niatross the only one who was).
 
42 YEARS since the record of 2:24 set - Secretariat. His stablemate Riva Ridge also won the Belmont - the year before in 1972 - in 2:28 flat.
 
Count Fleet owns the SECOND Highest Belmont Margin of 25 lengths (Secretariat's 31 lengths in 1973 the standard).
 
May 16, 1979, 11 months AFTER Affirmed won the last Triple Crown, Gary Stevens won his FIRST ever race-for his father who trained.
 
The Highest ever BEYER NUMBER for a Belmont winner went to Easy Goer -1 22 in 1989 (Beyer established in 1987).
 
The Belmont was held at AQUEDUCT from 1963-1967 while the track was under restoration and renovation.
 
FIVE of the ELEVEN Triple Crown winners were chestnuts-including Affirmed and Secretariat.
 
1931 was the year the order was established for the Triple Crown.
 
120,139 came to see Smarty Jones in 2004 just miss in his attempt for the Triple Crown. It was to be his final career race - he wound up 8 for 9 with a second. All nine of his races were competed at DIFFERENT Distances.
 
37 and 25 - the two largest GAPS between Triple Crown winners. 1978-2015 ???? and 1948-1973.
 
Many would argue that Secretariat winning the 1973 Belmont by 31 lengths in a time that STILL stands as a North America Dirt record and the margin that STILL stands as the largest Grade One effort ever-you'd have thought THAT would be the cover of Sports Illustrated,THAT WEEK Right? WRONG! The cover featured George Foreman - who - by the way - did NOT fight that week or even in the last six months. Secretariat only made pages 9-13. Think somebody missed the boat here? (Don't anyone even THINK to say he'd been on the cover just recently - Jeremy Lin made it two STRAIGHT weeks a couple of years ago for the Knicks).
 
In 1977 - Jean Cruguet was an astounding 9 for 14 during the week at Belmont - but would not even chance riding on Thursday or Friday while awaiting Seattle Slews Belmont on Saturday - and his own Triple Crown try. SLEW would win it - and remains the only horse ever to make it through the Triple Crown UNDEFEATED! Seattle Slew is also the only one of the eleven Triple Crown winners to have sold at public auction - $17.500 - 90 seconds in the ring and into the record books.
 
Triple Crown wins - total 11 - Bob Baffert  12 - Jimmy Takter  14 D Wayne Lukas (Note that Jimmy Takter AND D Wayne Lukas have each won the Triple Crown -with two DIFFERENT horses - Takter last year and Lukas in 1995).
 
The Belmont Stakes was NOT held in 1911 and 1912.
 
Conquistador Cielo won the 1982 Belmont - the first of five in a ROW for Woody Stephens - on 4 DAYS REST! (METROPOLITAN MILE winner at Belmont on Memorial Day).
 
IF 10 or more enter and go to the gate for the 2015 Belmont - it marks the first time EVER that for seven STRAIGHT years, there has been a DOUBLE - digit sized field for the Belmont.
 
Chrysler offered their $5 Million bonus from 1988-1995 NO WINNERS; Visa then the same from 1996 - 2005 NO WINNERS.
 
It's been 35 YEARS since Harness Racing had a Triple Crown winner (Niatross) who was also the 2 YO champ; 37 years for thoroughbred racing (Affirmed 1978).
 
Bill Shoemaker won the Belmont 4 times in an 11 year span. 1957, 1969, 1962, 1967 (Also won it in 1975).
 
If the restriction to hold the crowd to 90,000 does hold this year, then the Belmont cannot have it's SIXTH 100,000 plus crowd in its history.
 
***************** NEVER has a horse finished the Triple Crown - the Belmont-with larger than an 8 horse field!! ************************
 
Here are the field sizes for the Eleven Triple Crown winners: (Chronologically backwards) 5-8-5-8-7-3-4-8-5-4-3.
 
Affirmed and Secretariat each won in a five horse field.
 
The average sized field for the ELEVEN Triple Crown winners is 5.5 horses.
 
BUT - since Affirmed last won the Triple Crown in 1978, the average BELMONT FIELD SIZE has been 10.2 Horses!
 
The COMBINED 3 YO earnings of the 11 other Triple Crown winners in history is $4,708,701
 
Times Have changed dept? In 2008 Big Brown fell short in the Belmont and finished 6-7 career and never raced again. Smarty Jones got beat in the Belmont of 2004 for a career slate of 9 8-1-0 and he too never competed again. In 2012 - I'll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and scratched from the Belmont never to race again.
 
BUT - in 1941 - Whirlaway won the Triple Crown - raced 89 TIMES CAREER!, won the Kentucky Derby PREVIEW in addition to the Derby, and - get this - won an allowance race IN BETWEEN the Preakness and the Belmont - thus wrapping up the Triple Crown.
 
Let's hope there's some action in the Belmont this year - remember the Kentucky Derby had the top three finishers go 1-2-3 all the way - in an 18 horse field, none of the top three finishers was worse than third at any point! How rare was that? The LAST time that had happened was in 1915, when Regret won  -in a 16 horse field. 100 YEARS to be exact!
 
Robert Heyden
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