Flashback Friday: The 1998 Belmont Stakes

Flashback Friday: The 1998 Belmont Stakes

Since Affirmed became the eleventh and most recent Triple Crown winner in 1978, many horses have come close to sweeping the elusive three-race series, but none have come closer than Real Quiet. Trained by Bob Baffert, the unheralded son of Quiet American won the Kentucky Derby at odds of 8.40-1, but wasn’t even favored in the Preakness Stakes, which he won by 2 1/4 lengths over Derby runner-up Victory Gallop. He finally gained the respect of bettors in the Belmont Stakes, being sent off as the odds-on favorite at 4-5, but after opening up a decisive lead at the top of the stretch, he was caught right at the wire by the late-running Victory Gallop. The margin of victory? Only a nose.

Relive the 1998 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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