Tickets have been snatched up in a matter of minutes for the June 9 Belmont Stakes, where I'll Have Another will seek to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
According to the Thoroughbred Times, it took only three minutes for the New York Racing Association to go through its ticket allotment in an online sale Monday morning.
The face values ranged from $120 for a seat at or near the finish line to $20 at the end of the grandstand, but prices quickly soared on Stubhub, with re-sellers asking $1,000 down to $130.
The sprawling Elmont, N.Y., track seats more than 32,000 but the crowd usually swells to about 100,000 when a chance at history is on the line.
A record crowd of more than 120,000 were left devastated in 2004 when Smarty Jones' bid for a Triple Crown was denied by long shot Birdstone in the final strides of the mile-and-a-half contest.
The last Triple Crown try -- which resulted in a disastrous last place finish for Big Brown -- drew a crowd of 94,476 to the track. Since 1978, 11 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, only to fall short at the Belmont.
I’ll Have Another, with jockey Mario Gutiérrez, went from 15-to-1 shot to Kentucky Derby winner over two weeks ago.
No longer under the radar, he entered the Preakness one of the favorites at 3-to-1.
I'll Have Another arrived at Belmont Park Sunday, 24 hours after his scintillating triumph over Bodemeister in the Preakness. In a near replay of the Kentucky Derby, Bodemeister was caught by the determined I'll Have Another in the shadow of the wire.
In New York, the main opposition for the son of Flower Alley will come from Derby favorite Union Rags, who finished seventh at Churchill Downs after a troubled trip, and Derby third-place finisher Dullahan.
Bodemeister's trainer, Bob Baffert, has said the colt will not go on to the Belmont.