Chris Kay on a Belmont with no Triple Crown contender: “It’s about various forms of entertainment.”

For the first time in three years, the New York Racing Association will host a Belmont Stakes without a Triple Crown on the line. Preparations at Belmont Park have proceeded much more quietly, with none of the national and little of the local coverage of the last two years, when TV crews descended on the track in Elmont, New York the week before the race to follow California Chrome and American Pharoah along their bid at making horse racing history.

This year, for the first time since 2010, NYRA is marketing a race in which the Kentucky Derby winner won’t run. (In 2012, I’ll Have Another, winner of the Derby and the Preakness, scratched the day before the race.) And unlike last year, when Kay put a cap of 90,000 on the number of tickets sold, there will be plenty of room at Belmont Park on Saturday if past performances are any indication.

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