The 2013 BelmontStakes is still a few weeks away, but the outcome of the second leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday unfortunately diminishes the significance of one of horse racing's marquee showcases.
A picture-perfect morning at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore will soon give way to anticipation as Orb attempts to back up his Kentucky Derby victory in the Preakness Stakes. A win would move him within one triumph of the elusive Triple Crown.
The 2013 Preakness Stakes is like many others in the last 35 years. With Orb’s win at the Kentucky Derby, the colt is now in line for a historic Triple Crown bid—an accomplishment not completed since Affirmed won thoroughbred racing’s ultimate prize in 1978.