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Following are metrics from the 2016 Triple Crown races that depict business performance.

Kentucky Derby.  On-track attendance was the second highest in history, 167,227 compared to 170,513 in 2015.  Betting handle on the Kentucky Derby card was also the second highest ever at $192.6 million.

The entire Derby telecast averaged 15.5 million viewers with 17.9 million tuning in for the actual race portion of the telecast.  The Nielsen rating was 9.0 during the race, down from 9.6 in 2015.  This was the fourth consecutive year that the race attracted over 15 million viewers.

Preakness Stakes.  Despite heavy rain in Baltimore, the Preakness had record attendance of 135,256 and betting handle for the entire card was $94.1 million, the most bet since 2005.

The overall Preakness telecast averaged a rating of 6.2, compared to 5.8 last year, and the race portion garnered a rating of 8.0.

Belmont Stakes.  Attendance at Belmont Park depends to a large extent on whether a horse has a chance to complete the Triple Crown.  Nyquist’s loss in the Preakness ended that possibility.  His absence from the Belmont due to spiking a fever also meant that the race could not be billed as a rubber match with Exaggerator.

The Belmont Stakes brought on-track attendance of 60,114.  Betting handle on the card was $99.4 million.  The last time there was no chance for a Triple Crown winner was in 2013, when attendance was 47,562 and handle was $88.5 million.  The Belmont telecast averaged a rating of 4.3 and the rating for the race portion was 5.1.  American Pharoah’s Triple Crown win in 2015 had a rating of 12.3 for the race.


In 2013, a journalist published an article titled “Top 10 Diminished Sporting Events,” which listed the Kentucky Derby and the Indianapolis 500.  Diminished?  Consider that an astounding 1 in every 873 American residents attended the 2016 Indianapolis 500 (369,000 people) and 1 in every 1,905 U. S. residents were at Churchill Downs on 2016 Kentucky Derby day.  Kentucky Oaks day on Friday also drew a huge crowd of about 125,000, a record, and betting handle was a record as well.

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Test your knowledge of the history of the Belmont Stakes by answering ten questions plus an obscure bonus question.  The answers are provided at the end of this post.  No cheating by doing an Internet search.

1. The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the Triple Crown races, first run in?

a. 1858
b. 1867
c. 1872
d. 1875
e. 1908

2. How many colts won the Belmont Stakes and thus became Triple Crown champions?

a. 8
b. 9
c. 10
d. 11
e. 12

3. The record margin between the winner and the second place horse in the Belmont Stakes is 31 lengths.  What colt set this record?

a. Secretariat
b. Citation
c. War Admiral
d. Man o’ War
e. Count Fleet

4. Geldings were prohibited from running in the Belmont Stakes from 1918-1957.  Who was the first gelding to win the Belmont?

a. Crème Fraiche
b. Forego
c. Funny Cide
d. Kelso
e. Mine That Bird

5. Three fillies won the Belmont Stakes.  Who was the last filly to do so?

a. Silver Spoon
b. Ruffian
c. Zenyatta
d. Rags to Riches
e. Rachel Alexandra

6. Who holds the record for running the fastest Belmont Stakes?

a. Man o’ War
b. Citation
c. Secretariat
d. War Admiral
e. Whirlaway

7. What trainer won five consecutive Belmont Stakes?

a. James Rowe Sr.
b. Sam Hildreth
c. Woody Stephens
d. Jim Fitzsimmons
e. Elliott Burch

8. Who was the first female jockey to win a Triple Crown race in the Belmont Stakes?

a. Julie Krone
b. Donna Barton
c. Robyn Smith
d. Kathy Kusner
e. Rosie Napravnik

9. Two jockeys rode a record-setting six Belmont winners.  Who were they?

a. Johnny Longden and Bill Hartack
b. Earle Sande and Bill Shoemaker
c. Charles Kurtsinger and Angel Cordero
d. Ron Turcotte and Jerry Bailey
e. James McLaughlin and Eddie Arcaro

10. A jockey rode three Belmont Stakes winners and did so at three different racetracks—the old Belmont, Aqueduct, and the present-day Belmont.  Who was he?

a. Eric Guerin
b. Dave Erb
c. Angel Cordero
d. Braulio Baeza
e. Bill Shoemaker


The inaugural Belmont Stakes was held at Jerome Park in the Bronx.  Jerome Park was named after Leonard Jerome, a wealthy New York City businessman.  Who was Leonard Jerome’s famous grandson?

a. Franklin Roosevelt
b. Nelson Rockefeller
c. Winston Churchill
d. Dwight Eisenhower
e. Charles Lindbergh

9-10 questions correct and correctly answered the bonus question= Belmont Stakes Scholar Summa Cum Laude

9-10 questions correct and missed the bonus question = A
8 questions correct and correctly answered the bonus question = B+
8 questions correct and missed the bonus question = B
7 questions correct and correctly answered the bonus question = C+
7 questions correct and missed the bonus question = C
6 questions correct and correctly answered the bonus question = Ladies’ or Gentlemen’s C-
6 or fewer questions correct and missed the bonus question = Remedial study required

Answers: 1b, 2e, 3a, 4a, 5d, 6c, 7c, 8a, 9e, 10d, bonus c

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