Belmont Stakes: Nine Great Horses That Had a Shot Headed to Belmont Park

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Belmont Stakes: Nine Great Horses That Had a Shot Headed to Belmont Park

Animal Kingdom failed in his attempt to become the 22nd horse in Triple Crown history to win the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.

The last horse to do was Big Brown in 2008. Affirmed, with Stevie Cauthen (pictured above) aboard was the last Triple Crown winner in 1978.

Cauthen, and Affirmed nosed out Alydar at the Belmont Stakes to give horse racing its third Triple Crown winner of the 1970's.

Since Cauthen's magical ride in the late 70's, 11 horses have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, giving them a chance to win the Triple Crown.

All 11 failed in their quest to become the ultimate champion in the sport of kings. Ironically, there have only been 11 Triple Crown winners in the history of the three-race event.

Forty-five horses have won two of the three Triple Crown races. Only Animal Kingdom or Shackelford can become the 46th.

Many of the Triple Crown hopefuls that won the first two legs came close at Belmont Park, and as you will read and watch in the slides ahead, painstakingly close.

Eight of the horses that completed the Derby/Preakness double finished second in New York. Another five of them finished third.

Three went on to finish fourth, while two, Burgoo King (1932) and Bold Venture (1936) never started the race at Belmont. The rest finished out of the money altogether.

These are all great race horses and are ranked in no particular order. All were great champions that contributed much to a great sport. Enjoy and please feel free to comment. 

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