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The 153rd Belmont Stakes is this afternoon and the last leg of the American Triple Crown is expected to have at least 11,000 fans in attendance — here’s everything you need to know heading into the day.
The second leg of the triple crown, the Preakness Stakes, had a limited attendance of 10,000 on May 15. The first of the three, the Kentucky Derby, had an attendance of 51,838 at the beginning of May, NBC Sports reported.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert announced his winner Medina Spirit had failed a post-race drug test after winning the 147th Kentucky Derby. This led to Churchill Downs to immediately suspend Baffert and his horses from their tracks but he was allowed to race in the second leg after granting “full access” to medical and testing results.
The New York Racing Association suspended him pending an investigation, and just days ahead of the 2021 Belmont Stakes, Medina Spirit’s second test was confirmed positive for the steroid betamethasone, NBC Sports reported.
Churchill Downs issued a two-year suspension for Baffert and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission could disqualify Medina Spirit, which would elevate the second-place finisher Mandaloun to first.
For today’s race, NBC Sports will broadcast live from Belmont Park starting at 3 p.m. ET and post time is set for approximately 6:49 p.m. All coverage is available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app as well.
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