Alex one length away from Triple Crown
NEW YORK - On the morning after the Belmont Stakes, reality set in: Preakness and Belmont winner Afleet Alex came within 8 feet of winning the Triple Crown.
Unlike the past three years, when the Belmont was the undoing of Triple Crown hopefuls Smarty Jones, Funny Cide and War Emblem, Afleet Alex was tripped up by the first race in the series, the Kentucky Derby.
After losing by a length -- about 8 feet -- to a pair of long
shots, Afleet Alex won the Preakness by 4 3/4 ...
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