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Belmont Stakes: Will American Pharoah make history?

American Pharoah, winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, comes to the 1 1/2-mile race with a shot at immortality if he can sweep to the first Triple Crown since Affirmed triumphed in 1978.Robert Sabo/New York Daily News

American Pharoah, winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, comes to the 1 1/2-mile race with a shot at immortality if he can sweep to the first Triple Crown since Affirmed triumphed in 1978.

The 147th Belmont Stakes arrives Saturday with two possible outcomes: History, or same old story.

American Pharoah, winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, comes to the 1 1/2-mile race with a shot at immortality if he can sweep to the first Triple Crown since Affirmed triumphed in 1978.

The race, scheduled for a 6:50 p.m. post time, features Pharoah as the overwhelming favorite in a field of eight horses before a sellout crowd of 90,000 fans.

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Recalling how the track was overrun by an announced crowd of 102,199 last year when California Chrome made his Triple Crown bid, officials have announced no tickets will be sold on race day.

Those with tickets in hand can expect a beautiful June afternoon, with clouds giving way to sunshine and high temperatures in the mid-70s.

The winner of this year’s race makes a lot of hay: First place comes with a $ 1.5 million prize and the traditional blanket of white carnations.

Fans, while hoping to see Pharoah become just the 12th 3-year-old to win the crown, are just as eager to avoid a repeat of last year’s race day travel disaster.

Tens of thousands of Belmont attendees were stuck for hours in their cars or waiting for long-delayed LIRR trains as officials were overwhelmed and underprepared for the massive crowd.

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To ease the crush of post-Belmont departures, fans can stick around Saturday for two more races after the big one. Goo Goo Dolls, the hit-making Buffalo rock band, will perform once the racing is over.

The Long Island Rail Road also announced $ 5 million in improvements at the Belmont station to improve service.

Expanded platforms will allow 10-car trains, a 25% bump in capacity over the old eight-car trains. New service patterns will also increase the number of trains headed back toward Penn Station.

Despite the upgrades, officials warned the wait for trains could still last up to two hours. Last year, the delay was even longer as the lines extended halfway around the track.

“We are working hard to do better,” said LIRR President Patrick Nowakowski. “All we can request of customers is their understanding and patience.”

Former New York FBI head George Venizelos was brought in by the New York Racing Association to improve race-day operations, including moving cars out of the vast parking lot.

Last year, roughly 36,000 people took the LIRR while more than 65,000 arrived by car.

“It’s still going to take some time to get out,” warned Venizelos. “People are going to have to be patient.”

lmcshane@nydailynews.com

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