No longer though must we rely on getting to a television set in order to not miss one of the biggest races of the year. Advances in technology means live streaming is available now on all major sporting events, including the Belmont.
As well as live TV coverage there will be a chance to watch the Belmont Stakes via live online streaming. The race can be streamed through NBC Sports Live Extra or by using the NCB Sports Live Extra App for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
NBC’s online coverage mirrors their live televised coverage for the most part, taking in all the atmosphere and tradition of the day as well as just the racing. You may simply be asked for your TV provider and a password to access the online coverage.
There have been some amazing Belmont Stakes moments [link to BS ‘History’ page] over the years beamed live to millions via TV and now online streaming. Some of the highlights are:
Having won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, American Pharoah came into this as the 3/4 favorite and duly landed the Triple Crown to become only the 12th such champion and the first since Affirmed in 1978.
He won this race in a time of 2:26.65 which made him the second fasted Triple Crown winner to do so (after Secretariat) and the sixth fastest overall. Over 90,000 were in attendance.
Smarty Jones came into this race as another potential Triple Crown winner and went off at very skinny odds indeed. Birdstone though came home best of all to win an enthralling contest by a length and spoil the party, his owner shouting “sorry, sorry, sorry” in the ring afterwards!
A record crowd of 120,000 saw this event, Smart Jones for the record finishing a find second on his bid for glory.
Although a disappointing fifth in the Kentucky Derby, one of the best three-year-olds of his time, Point Given, won the Preakness Stakes three weeks before this race then scorched home here in a quick time of 2:26.56 to beat A P Valentine by an amazing 12¼ lengths.
Point Given was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010 and his jockey, Gary Stevens, says he was one of the best horses if this entire decade.
Ridden by Rene Douglas who stepped in after an injury to Gary Stevens, Editor’s Note had a massive stretch battle with Skip Away here which is long remembered. The win was also trainer D. Wayne Lukas’ third Belmont Stakes win in a row.
Ridden home by Steve Cauthen in a time of 2:26.80, Affirmed took part in the third slowest start in Belmont history only to run the fastest last mile in the race ever. Affirmed came home ahead of big rival Alydar to become the 3rd Triple Crown winner in six years.
Having already taken the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, Seattle Slew came into this race under huge expectation but duly obliged and in style.
Slew won this by four lengths in front of a massive crowd, becoming the 10th Triple Crown winner in history at the time and increasing his unbeaten record to nine races – the first Triple Crown winner to finish the series undefeated.
This one needs no introduction really; one of the greatest performances in racing from one of the greatest horses to grace a race track.
Will there be another Secretariat? Who knows! But you can find out what each contender has to offer by checking back with our racing experts who will be offering an in-depth analysis leading up to post time at Belmont.
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