KUSA - It's mid-day on a Friday and Colorado's only horse racing track is buzzing. The potential of a Triple crown for California Chrome on Saturday has elevated the sport across the country.
"As a matter of fact it does," says jockey Dennis Collins who will be racing on Saturday at Arapahoe Park, but will be keenly watching the Belmont Stakes after his races. "Kentucky Derby Day, Preakness Day, and Belmont Day, the racetracks across the country get the biggest crowds because they want to see history be made. I get goose bumps just thinking about it."
"It's a big deal, there hasn't been a Triple Crown since 1978," says another Arapahoe Park jockey Travis Wales.
Arapahoe Park in Aurora expects a huge crowd for Belmont Day. Fans can watch and bet on the local races, as well as the big one in New York.
"Racing goes way back," explains Wales. "It was one of the first sports, so it has a little bit of nostalgia to that, so I'm thinking if there's one thing (people) can say they did is 'I witnessed the Triple Crown, where were you?'"
The Triple Crown possibility is exciting for fans, and also for jockeys. Some know Belmont well from racing there.
"It's a huge crown, it's a long lane, very long stretch," says Kelly Bridges who has won a race at Belmont. "It's a deeper track than the other two tracks. It takes a special horse to get a hold of that track and do it. We're just all excited, we really think this horse can do it."
Races at Arapahoe Park start at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon with the 9th and final race starting at 4:20 p.m. The park will show the Belmont Stakes running at 4:52 p.m.
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