The Tested vs. the Rested: American Pharoah Runs against 7 Horses & 37 Years of History for Triple Crown

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American Pharoah runs against seven horses and 37 years of history at Belmont Park today.

Since Affirmed captured the Belmont Stakes in 1978 following victories at Churchill Downs and Pimlico, thirteen horses have posted at Belmont Park with a chance to win the Triple Crown. American Pharoah, lucky number 14, seeks to break the bad-luck streak shortly before 7 p.m. Eastern and become the twelfth Triple Crown winner.

Victor Espinoza’s four-legged racing partner enjoys better than even odds of 3-5. But, in an even worse situation than California Chrome, he faces a field that didn’t face the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness (Ride On Curlin and General a Rod raced California Chrome in all three legs last year).

American Pharoah bested five of Saturday’s competitors at the Kentucky Derby. One, Tale of Verve, placed second at the Preakness but didn’t run the earlier leg of the Triple Crown. Madefromlucky, 12-1 at Belmont, raced in neither event.

It’s the rested versus the tested. It didn’t work out so well last year for Steve Coburn’s tested horse.

Posting time is 6:50 Eastern. Here are the ever-fluctuating odds for the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes:

1. Mubtaahij 10-1
2. Tale of Verve 15-1
3. Madefromlucky 12-1
4. Frammento 30-1
5. American Pharoah 3-5
6. Frosted 5-1
7. Keen Ice 20-1
8. Materiality 6-1