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Belmont Expecting Sell-Out Crowd
Approximately 8,000 general admission tickets are still available for American Pharoah's Triple Crown bid in Saturday's Gr1 Belmont Stakes in New York, reports Blood Horse. The New York Racing Association has implemented a new policy this year, with the crowd to be capped at 90,000 - well below the record of 120,139 that turned out to watch Smarty Jones 's failed Triple Crown bid in 2004. "Interest has skyrocketed in the event since American Pharoah's arrival here this week," NYRA director of communications and public affairs John Durso said. "We anticipate a sellout." In another departure from tradition, no tickets will be sold at the track on race day. "If you do not already have a ticket, please do not come to Belmont Park on Saturday," Durso said. American Pharoah will line up against seven rivals as he bids to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978, and the 12th of all time, to win the elusive Triple Crown.