06/03/2015 4:17PM

Watchmaker: Belmont Stakes analysis


This will be AMERICAN PHAROAH’s fourth race in only eight weeks, and that’s a real concern. So, too, is knowing that every Triple Crown winner started at least twice previously at Belmont Park, while Saturday will mark his first race over this unique track. And though I have zero business telling his Hall of Fame trainer where his horses should train, I wish he came straight to Belmont after winning the Preakness to prepare for his Triple Crown attempt, as he did when he went straight to Churchill Downs after winning the Arkansas Derby to ready for his successful Kentucky Derby run.