"You're alone on the ocean with another 200 people,'' Richie Vega remembered. "You're holding on for dear life…You saw people burning. It was really bad…I was hoping it didn't happen to us."
Two children later, Rosie Napravnik was in the winner's circle at Monmouth Park early Sunday evening with her husband Joe Sharp and the horse she calls as good as any she's ever been on.
The elite trainer won the Belmont with Tapwrit and the Kentucky Derby with Always Dreaming.
Trainer Todd Pletcher got his third win in the race.
Four writers each pick their top four finishers.
Dick Jerardi writes that he also liked Irish War Cry in the Kentucky Derby, but the colt had the misfortune of running wide, the slower part of the track.
There is only one horse in the Belmont field that also ran the Kentucky Derby and Preakness
Cloud Computing took advantage of having six weeks between races instead of two.
Famed trainer Todd Pletcher knows Always Dreaming has a real chance to get to the Belmont Stakes with a chance at the Triple Crown.
How two guys from Brooklyn became partners and selected the right trainer and right jockey at the right time.
Unlike past years, there is no clear frontrunner among the 20-horse field.
The top four choices in Saturday's Kentucky Derby drew favorable post positions.
Arazi was wildly hyped entering the race 25 years ago, but a Pennsylvania-bred long shot stole the show.
The colt, son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, has won the Holy Bulls Stakes and the Wood Memorial.