If there has been one thing proven throughout history in the Belmont Stakes, it is that there is no such thing as a sure thing. Even some of the most invincible-looking favorites have suffered defeat at Belmont Park.
Since Affirmed claimed the Triple Crown in 1978, horse racing has been in a drought. Twelve horses have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, only to falter in the final and most elusive jewel, the Belmont Stakes. To win the Belmont, a horse must posses a rare combination of speed, stamina and strength—and even with those three things, the horse also needs a little luck.
Here is a look at the top contenders for Saturday's Belmont Stakes and the flaw that could prove to be their undoing.