None of the pageantry, none of the hundreds of thousands of fans betting on a horse to later cash in on or walk home with less money than when they showed up. However, the Triple Crown goes on and the 152nd annual Belmont Stakes kicked off the three-race battle for one of the most elusive titles in sports.
Race favorite and Florida Derby winner Tiz The Law cruised to the victory in a dominant performance by the three-year-old.
Dr. Post placed second and Max Player rounded out the podium.
The race was shortened from its normal 1 1/2-mile length to 1 1/8 miles, which is the first change in the race distance since 1925.
The top four finishers Saturday afternoon earned qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby (winner receives 150).
Usually, the Belmont Stakes closes the Triple Crown races, but schedule changes have moved the Kentucky Derby to Sept. 5 and the Preakness will wrap up the Triple Crown on Oct. 3.