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History of the Belmont: On the 150th anniversary of the Stakes, we look back through the years

This weekend, they’ll race the Belmont Stakes for the 150th time and after all these years, the actual stakes remain high with yet another horse, Justify, arriving in Elmont with Triple Crown dreams. That’s the essence of Belmont lore, the longest and oldest of the racing majors, the final, finicky leg of the Triple Crown that’s coronated racing kings the likes of Whirlaway, Citation, Secretariat and Affirmed, but with even more frequency, Belmont’s mammoth, sandy track has swallowed the stalled bids of so many other would-be champions.

Evan Grossman

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