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Fifty years ago, Brooklyn native Walter Blum won his lone American Classic in front of a record Belm
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Jun 4, 2021
Fifty years ago, Brooklyn native Walter Blum won his lone American Classic in front of a record Belmont Stakes Day crowd

Brian Bohl

Much has changed in a half century at Belmont Park, from the amount of real-time information available digitally to increased purse money to the way most fans place wagers. But the draw of a potential Triple Crown holds the same appeal as it did in 1971, when a then-record crowd of 81,036 came out to Elmont to witness Venezuelan champion Canonero II’s quest to add the third jewel of the 3-year-old season to his collection in the Belmont Stakes.

Each and every win matters: Pletcher closing in on 5,000th career victory
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Oct 22, 2020
Each and every win matters: Pletcher closing in on 5,000th career victory

Ryan Martin

​Some victories for a trainer always stand out. From triumphs in American Classic engagements to Breeders' Cup scores to prestigious Grade 1 wins, trips to the winner's circle leave indelible impressions. But the wins that bring less fanfare - allowance, optional claimers and maiden races - are still the backbone of any long-time conditioner's ledger, and trainer Todd Pletcher can claim a body of work on par with some of the sport's all-time greats as he approaches career win No. 5,000.

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