The Sports Scoff With @SmooveGuyO, Vol. 6


147th Belmont Stakes (The Test Of The Champion)

The 147th running of the Belmont Stakes was one of those epic events where it has the makings to be turned into a classic Disney movie. It’s been 37 years since the world was able to witness a “Triple-Crown” winner. The last horse to ever accomplish the feat was Affirmed in 1978. Now the drought has officially ended thanks to the new head honcho known as American Pharoah. Pharoah won it in historical fashion, winning it in 5.5 lengths of the track in a time of 2:26.65. This was the 6th-fastest in Belmont history and the 2nd fastest for a Triple Crown winner. Even though Pharoah joins a exclusive club his first try, the trainer and jockey of the horse aren’t strangers of coming close of tasting Triple Crown history. Owner Bob Baffert and jockey Victor Espinoza almost successfully became apart of history in 1997 when Silver Charm won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes but came in 2nd at the “Test Of The Champion”. Baffert and Espinoza got another shot at greatness in 2002 with the horse War Emblem. They came short by finishing 8th after a terrible start of the race. But now, in 2015, their fight and push to be apart of horse racing greatness finally ended. This goes to show you fans that if you keep pushing, keep shooting your shot, you bound to score one way or another. In this case, run your own race even if you have to start over again.