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    Sun to Shine on 2014 Belmont Stakes With Triple Crown on the Line

    By by Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist.
    June 08, 2014, 2:13:01 AM EDT

    The sun is forecast to shine on the 2014 Belmont Stakes, in Elmont, Long Island, New York, Saturday, June 7, 2014.

    The horse from the West Coast, California Chrome, is the latest contender to threaten to end the Triple Crown drought.

    According to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, there have been 10 Triple Crown winners since Sir Barton won the title in 1919. However, the 11th and last horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes was Affirmed in 1978, after Seattle Slew in 1977 and Secretariat in 1973. Since Affirmed's victories in '78, there have been 12 horses that won both the Derby and Preakness but failed to win or did not venture on to Belmont.

    Secretariat broke a 25-year Triple Crown drought by setting a track record at all three races, as well as world record at Belmont, according to Secretariat.com.


    The weather at this year's Belmont States and the 1.5-mile-long track will feature plenty of sunshine, low humidity and race time temperatures in the upper 70s with light winds.


    The weather will be similar to racing conditions the Derby and Preakness earlier this season, though it will be warmer. Temperatures peaked in the lower 70s at Louisville, Kentucky, on May 3 and in the upper 60s at Baltimore on May 17.

    Fans heading to the race will want to dress for warm weather and have a pair of sunglasses handy.

    The Belmont is typically the warmest of the three Triple Crown races with a normal average high in the middle 70s.

    The weather was partly sunny, hot and humid with scattered thunderstorms on the day Secretariat won the Belmont on June 9, 1973. Temperatures peaked near 90 F.

    Seattle Slew won on June 11, 1977, with temperatures near average in the mid-70s, low humidity and cloudy intervals.

    On June 10, 1978, when the crown was won for the last time, temperatures peaked near 80 F with low humidity and bright sunshine.

    AccuWeather.com Forecast for Elmont, N.Y.
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    AccuWeather.com MinuteCast™ for Elmont, N.Y.

    Between 0.50 and 1.00 inch of rain is forecast to fall on Belmont Park late Wednesday night into Thursday morning and come to an end during Thursday midday.

    Sunshine on Saturday will allow good drying conditions up through race time for the 2014 Belmont Stakes and the "Test of a Champion."

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