Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, Horse Racing, Triple Crown, Belmont Stakes
Horse Racing; Triple Crown (U.S. horse racing); Belmont Stakes
A few decades ago when a powerful team played a very weak team in any sport and the result was lopsided there was a phrase to describe the event: "They beat the Little Sisters of the Poor." On Saturday the Little Sisters of the Poor got beat again but it was the powerful team, or in this case horse, that lost. "Smarty Jones" was supported by an entire nation, including the Philadelphia convent of The Little Sisters of the Poor where the sister of Smarty's jockey had parlayed the power of prayer and the two-dollar bets of the God Squad.
Sport and Society for Arete
College of Arts and Humanities
Crepeau, Richard C., "The Belmont Stakes" (2004). On Sport and Society. 651.