It's fascinating to read about all of the thoroughbreds who have needed a win at the Belmont Stakes to complete the Triple Crown, only to fall short. Are there any that stick out in your mind as being exceptionally heart-breaking? Here are three that strike me as memorable.
1. Spectacular Bid, 1979. All accounts of Spectacular Bid attest to his greatness. He didn't just win races - he set track records while doing so. But he was in an almost no-win situation. He would have been the third straight Triple Crown winner, so even if he had won he wouldn't have gotten the same level of adulation that would come after a 36 year drought.
2. Real Quiet, 1996. Lost a photo finish to Victory Gallop after leading by five lengths going into the home stretch. Real Quiet was the best horse that day over 1.49 miles, but not, unfortunately, over the full 1.5 mile track.
3. Charismatic, 1999. Was leading in the final furlong, only to break his leg in two places. He still manged to finish third, and luckily the injury wasn't life threatening.
Triple Crown: The dozen who failed 'Race of a Champion'