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The “Bet”

Luck is often defined as when preparation meets opportunity.  So it was on June 10th when thoroughbred racehorse Arcangelo won the 155th running of the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, amongst the most famous annual races in the sport.

Not (yet) a household name, Arcangelo, a gray colt, was surely prepared for the greatest race day of his 3-year-old life.  As reported by The Daily Racing Form publication, he was sired by Arrogate out of the Tapit mare Modeling. His great-grandparents included Unbridled (winner of the 1990 Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic) and Storm Cat (a stallion whose breeding fee during the peak of his stud career was $500,000, the highest in North America at the time – now that’s a nice night’s work!).  Arcangelo, a Kentucky bred, is trained by Jena M. Antonucci.   He has improved his time, speed rating and placement in each of his races, culminating in this Belmont Stakes win.  But he had few races under his belt and was, therefore, perhaps overlooked in the betting.

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