The 2012 Belmont Stakes will be one of the most anticipated horse races in recent history as the world tunes in to see whether I'll Have Another can pull of the nearly impossible—winning the Triple Crown.
After taking the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness this year, the Doug O'Neill-trained colt must achieve one more victory to immortalize himself in the history books. There hasn't been a Triple Crown winner since 1978, but given the competition in the rest of the field at this year's race, we might just have another one on our hands.
In each of the last two legs of the Triple Crown, no other horse has been able to compete with I'll Have Another's late-breaking strategy and blazing speed except Bodemeister, who won't be running the Belmont.
The 1.5-mile track in Elmont, N.Y. is the longest of the three Triple Crown races and seems to perfectly play to I'll Have Another's strengths, so if anyone can end the 34-year drought, it would seem to be him.
In accordance with the excitement surrounding I'll Have Another's journey to success, NBC announced earlier this month that it would extend its coverage of the Belmont beyond its usual 6.5 hours.
Here's how you can make sure you don't miss any of the action, from the post drawing to the moment the victor crosses the finish line on June 9.
TV Schedule and Channel Listings
June 7, 7:30 p.m. ET: I'll Have Another—Charging Toward History, NBCSN
June 7, 8 p.m. ET: Rebroadcast of the Kentucky Derby, NBCSN
June 7, 10 p.m. ET: Rebroadcast of the Preakness Stakes, NBCSN
June 8, 4 p.m. ET: Belmont Classics, NBCSN
June 8, 5 p.m. ET: Live from the Belmont, NBCSN
June 9, 3 p.m. ET: Belmont Stakes Saturday, NBCSN
June 9, 4:30 p.m.: From Belmont Park (Live), NBC
June 9, 6:30 p.m.: Post time, NBC
June 9, 7 p.m.: Post-show analysis, NBCSN