In honor of Saturday's 146th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, Steve Coburn, co-owner of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, jockey Victor Espinoza, and NYRA CEO & President Chris Kay rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange Thursday morning, just two days before the colt attempts to become the first horse in 36 years to sweep the Triple Crown.
Coburn, wearing his signature cowboy hat and flanked by Kay and Espinoza, signalled the start of the day on the world's most prestigious trading floor at 9:30 a.m.
The 1 ½-mile Belmont Stakes, also known as the "Test of the Champion," is the oldest and longest leg of the Triple Crown. Only 11 horses have swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, most recently Affirmed in 1978. Since then, 12 horses have come to New York with a chance to sweep the series, and none have succeeded. California Chrome is the 3-5 favorite to win the Belmont over 10 others.