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Online Triple Crown Betting - Test Of Champions

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 5/23/2012 4:04:08 PM

The mile and a half Belmont Stakes is referred to as the Test of Champions but each of the stops on the Triple Crown trail brings a unique perspective for the online betting sites enthusiast.

Preakness and Derby winner I’ll Have Another will surely be tested.

The hype going to the Derby is like no other, and there is kind of a let down after the ceremony, but the next stop in Baltimore has it’s very own intricacies. First the runners that come back in the Preakness after running in the Derby have to be super fit to rebound in two weeks off the toughest test of their young lives. They have to ship north and have to negotiate a shorter trip, in new climate surroundings, and under varying circumstances.

By the time the strong get to New York 3 weeks later, it becomes evident that only the fittest survive.

One thing fans have to understand is that these horses are not machines, that there is blood running through those veins and not just octane. And just like when something freaky happens on the track, like a horse that breaks down and causes a spill, it has a mental as well as physical response.

Tradition is steep when the best sportsbook online starts talking about the Belmont Stakes. The filly Ruthless won the first running in 1867 at Jerome Park. Count Fleet completed his Triple Crown quest taking the 1943 edition winning by 25 lengths. It was the largest margin of victory until Secretariat set the record of 2:24 winning off by 31 in 1973.

What makes the 1973 timing so incredible is that it was a full 2 seconds faster than the next fastest set by New York’s own Easy Goer in 1989. Risen Star, A.P. Indy and Point Given posted the 3 next fastest Belmonts.

And Affirmed has the sixth fastest Belmont Stakes at 2:26 4/5.

Humble is a word not often used with professional athletes but don’t tell that to I’ll Have Another’s rider Mario Gutierrez after the Preakness, Super Mario: “This is not about me. We talked about it with Mr. Reddam and Mr. O’Neill. We wanted to be a little closer to Bodemeister this time because normally that horse runs a huge race. My horse has a tremendous kick in the end. He has been proving that in the last three races. He didn’t disappoint again today. I want to put the pressure a little bit on the side because the credit he earned all this. He has proven a lot of people wrong. I just have to prepare because I want to be at the same level as him. He’s an amazing horse.”

You don’t hear anything about a ‘I did this or I moved at the right time, or like Dwight Howard would have said, ‘I want to be traded.’

No you hear a young man that is showing maturity beyond his years and trainer O’Neill will give him the opportunity to get several races over the Belmont strip before the Belmont.

Expect Mario to come to New York days and maybe weeks ahead to get a feel of the tricky Belmont surface, which is huge and often confusing. By the time race day comes, Mario will know every inch on the track.

Stay tuned to the sports betting sites.

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