This week’s Sports Illustrated cover features dozens of amateur photographers snapping photos of the 147th Belmont Stakes finish that saw American Pharoah secure the first triple crown since 1978. Were you one of them?

By SI Wire
June 09, 2015

This week’s Sports Illustrated cover features dozens of amateur photographers snapping photos of Saturday’s 147th Belmont Stakes finish that saw American Pharoah secure the first triple crown since 1978. Were you one of them?

If so, we’d love to see and share any photos you took! Send them our way at SItriplecrown@gmail.com.

The current issue, out now, features Tim Layden’s incredible story from Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. After wins at the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby, American Pharoah entered as a favorite for the Belmont. But with 37 years having passed since the last Triple Crown was completed, skepticism abounded entering Saturday.

SI’s Scooby Axson also has an interview with the magazine’s deputy picture editor, Erick Rasco, who captured the image for the cover.

“In order to get any kind of shot, Rasco attached his Canon EOS 1D X with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens to the end of a monopod, creating a pole cam reaching several feet above his head,” Axson writes. “With his remote trigger attached, which locked down the focus and focal length, Rasco and his fellow spectators, many armed with smartphones, fixed their eyes on the track.”

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