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Belmont Stakes Day 2015

There’s only one question today: Can American Pharoah win the Triple Crown?

The numbers are in his favor, Gary West writes:

The 11 Triple Crown winners emerged from crops that averaged 10,922 foals. The 13 horses since 1978 whose bids failed in New York came from crops that averaged 36,418 foals, and among so many, nobody’s talent was so superior that he could overcome circumstances and vicissitudes, as well as rivals. In 1970, on the other hand, 24,361 racehorses were foaled, and one of them was Secretariat. In 1974, Seattle Slew was in a crop of 27,586; and in 1975, Affirmed in a crop of 28,271.

Steve Haskin says he fits the profile of a Triple Crown winner.

Jon White has 10 reasons he will win (and five concerns).

Seven are lining up against American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes gate. If he wins, he’ll have defeated 31 challengers, one fewer than War Admiral in 1937.

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