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Belmont Stakes 2012 Schedule: The Upcoming Week

The 144th running of the Belmont Stakes will take place on Saturday, June 9 where I'll Have Another will seek the elusive glory of becoming the first triple crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

It's a remarkable story: a horse that has virtually come out of nowhere to become the headline leading into horse racing's biggest event of the year.

Belmont Triple Crown Preview: I'll Have Another Has Injury-Free Week of Training (via sbnation)

However before we get to Saturday, there's a lot of other action taking place on Long Island.

Monday - Fire and Ice to benefit the Little Baby Foundation

Tuesday - NONE

Wednesday - B.E.S.T. Reception and exhibit Hofstra University of Hempstead

Thursday - A big day at the Belmont Racetrack: First, the jockeys will be visiting the Ronald McDonald House on Long Island. Then, the Belmont Stakes Charity Event to benefit B.E.S.T. (Backstretch Employee Services Team).

Friday - Garden City Belmont Festival and the honoring of Michael Dubb.

For more on the Belmont Stakes, please visit our blog And Down The Stretch They Come and SB Nation Philly for all the latest news and updates.