|American Pharoah via|
In case it isn't obvious, I strongly think American Pharoah can win this race. He is up against only 7 competitors, and though these horses skipped the Preakness and have had more recent rest, he's beaten the majority of them before. More than any other horse race in the Triple Crown, bloodlines seem to matter in the Belmont. It's the longest of the races at 1.5 miles, and the long stretch has bested many a phenomenal race horse. Distance shouldn't be a problem for Pharoah --his grandsire, Empire Maker, won the Belmont Stakes back in 2003, so he's got the pedigree to get this distance.
|Pharoah and his trainer Bob Baffert via|
In the spirit of all things horse racing I've been collecting a lot of horsey inspiration from books to read to home decor.
If you are looking for excellent horse racing summer reads, I just bought Stay The Distance and you should too! The writing is superb and if you ever loved reading horse stories growing up (The Black Stallion, the Thoroughbred series), you'll appreciate a novel about horses that's grown up with you.