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American Pharoah draws fifth position in Belmont Stakes
American Pharoah draws fifth position in Belmont Stakes

As the sun beamed down on Rockefeller Center and racing officials called out the post positions for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, Todd Pletcher knew plenty of people viewed him as the black cloud over a potentially historic celebration. The story of the week is American Pharoah’s attempt to become the 12th Triple Crown winner in history and the first since Affirmed in 1978. But if the graceful colt is to pull it off, he’ll have to run past a field of seven fresher horses. Two of those, Materiality and Madefromlucky, are trained by Pletcher. With debate raging hotter than ever over the fairness of the Triple Crown schedule, Pletcher knows he’s a poster child for...

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