Flashback Friday: Sarava Wins the 2002 Belmont Stakes

Flashback Friday: Sarava Wins the 2002 Belmont Stakes

With trainer Kenny McPeek’s recent allowance winner The Truth Or Else joining the expected field for the June 6th Belmont Stakes (gr. I), now seems like a fitting time recall the 2002 Belmont Stakes, in which McPeek’s 70-1 shot Sarava scored the biggest upset in the history of the race while winning by a half-length. Finishing eighth that day was War Emblem, who was favored at odds of 1.25-1 to sweep the Triple Crown for trainer Bob Baffert, but who stumbled at the start and later tired to be beaten 19 1/2 lengths.. Thus, thirteen years after Sarava’s victory, Bob Baffert and Kenny McPeek will be squaring off once again in the Belmont Stakes with a Triple Crown on the line. Will Baffert’s American Pharoah achieve what War Emblem could not? Or will The Truth Or Else give McPeek another upset victory? We find out on June 6th!

Relive the 2002 Belmont Stakes by watching the replay of the race!


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J. Keeler Johnson is a writer, blogger, videographer, and all-around horse racing enthusiast who was drawn to the sport by Curlin's quest to become North America's richest racehorse. A great fan of racing history, he considers Dr. Fager to be the greatest racehorse ever produced in America, but counts Zenyatta as his all-time favorite. He lives in Wisconsin and also writes for the Bloodhorse.com blog Unlocking Winners.

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