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As American Pharoah carries weight of sport into Belmont, Triple Crown series again lives up to hype

As American Pharoah carries weight of sport into Belmont, Triple Crown series again lives up to hype

When American Pharoah breaks from the gate at Belmont Park on Saturday, he'll be carrying more than jockey Victor Espinoza on his broad shoulders. He'll also have to lug 37 years worth of baggage around the track on his 1 ½-mile run for horse racing's elusive Triple Crown. Everybody knows no 3-year-old has won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes since Affirmed outdueled Alydar in all three races in 1978. But the quest has become a lot more complicated since that wonderful rivalry captured the imagination of the sports world during the Jimmy Carter administration. Take nothing away from the three Triple Crown winners of the 1970s, but Secretariat,...

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