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Belmont Ratings Highest in Decade

June 9, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ War Emblem’s attempt at the Triple Crown on Saturday drew the highest overnight ratings for any horse race since 1992.

Sarava’s improbable win in the Belmont Stakes was seen in more than 9 million homes and had a 9.2 rating and 21 share for NBC. The previous high for a horse race was the 1992 Kentucky Derby, which earned a 9.5 rating.

It was also the highest rating for a Belmont since at least 1990, according to NBC Sports. The highest overnight rating for a Belmont Stakes was a 6.6 and 17 for ABC’s telecast of Charismatic’s Triple Crown bid in 1999.

The rating is the percentage of all homes with TVs, whether or not they are in use. Each rating point represents a little more than 1 million households. Share is the percentage of homes with TVs in use.

War Emblem was trying to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. Sarava, a 70-1 long shot, returned a record $142.50 for a $2 bet.

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