For many years I had the same reserved seats in the clubhouse on Belmont Day. Attending the wedding ceremony of a niece did not prevent me from being in my seat on the first Saturday in June. (I made it to the reception.)
Affirmed was the last Triple Crown winner I witnessed, and one of the last Belmont’s I attended.
1978 – Affirmed
1977 – Seattle Slew
1973 – Secretariat
FOREGO by Richard Stone Reeves
NOTE: Forgo finished fourth in Secretariat’s Kentucky Derby when he was locked inside. Later in his racing career his trainers knew he had to have racing room. I still believe that he would have beat Secretariat in that small field: