GOOD NEWS Janice Dean Visits Belmont Stakes, Gets Inspiration From Fellow MS Patient
American Pharoah will attempt to become the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since 1978 at the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes today.
Janice Dean was on the scene this morning at Belmont Park, where she spoke to Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer of perhaps American Pharoah's biggest competition, Frosted.
"We hope people are booing me after the race," McLaughlin joked. "We want to win. He's doing really well, training great. So, we're excited."
McLaughlin explained that they held Frosted out of the 2015 Preakness to give him five weeks of rest for today's race.
"The five weeks is to our advantage. American Pharoah has run three times in five weeks, four races in eight weeks, so we hope that tires him out," McLaughlin said.
Janice revealed that Frosted has a special place in her heart because, like her, McLaughlin was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
"I've had MS since 1998, but I like to say I have MS, but it doesn't have me," McLaughlin said. "We have to get up and fight our battles every day, and I'm doing well."
"It's tough on me every day, but like I said, I'm able to do my job and have two grown kids, now 21 and 24, and a great wife. We've been together 32 years. So, we battle it every day together, but everything is going great."
Janice said that McLaughlin is an inspiration for her, and she may even have to place a bet on Frosted!
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