10. Underog Slew Tizzy is trained by a veterinarian, Greg Fox DVM.
9. Rags to Riches, the filly who will undoubtably be compared to the great Ruffian, is a daughter of 1992 Belmont winner A.P. Indy and a half sister to 2006 Belmont winner Jazil.
8. The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the three Triple Crown races for three-year-old Thoroughbreds. At 1.5 miles, it is also the longest.
7. Secretariat won the Belmont by 31 lengths. (That is not a typo.)
6. The great filly Ruffian is buried near the finish line, in the infield, at Belmont Park, just a few feet from where she broke down in her match race against Foolish Pleasure in 1975.
5. Only 21 fillies have ever run in the Belmont. Only one won; that was Tanya…in 1905.
4. As a filly, Rags to Riches will carry 121 pounds to her male counterparts’ 126.
3. After the Belmont Stakes winner leaves the Winners Circle on Saturday, the NTRA will hand out checks for $100,000 and $50,000 to the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania’s Laminitis Research Initiative, respectively, in memory of Barbaro.
2. Belmont Park is the longest racetrack in the USA. It really is 1.5 miles, the length of Saturday’s big race, all the way around it. That’s .25 miles farther than the Kentucky Derby!
1. No matter who wins on Saturday, the horse will have to have the stamina and heart and condition to run that far. There are no accidental winners of the Belmont Stakes and it is one of the greatest tests for American racehorses.
PS Take a break after the race and then turn your TV back on to watch Sam Shepherd in the movie about the great filly Ruffian and the tragic Barbaro-esque ending of her exciting life.