Witnessing History at the Belmont Stakes


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ELMONT, NEW YORK—In the minutes before the Belmont Park starting gates clamored open Saturday, thousands of general admission ticket-holders craned their necks away from the track toward the stately grandstands. There, in an eloquent gray sport coat and powder blue tie, was former president Bill Clinton, waving and grinning ear-to-ear like Teddy Roosevelt on the back of a train car. The air at Belmont surged with electricity Saturday. All day and all week, we kept hearing that it could be a historic day, though we had also become so accustomed to saying “Maybe next year.” Like in 2014, when Belmont’s mile-and-a-half loop got the best of California Chrome. But something about Saturday afternoon felt different. (more…)