Beyond the significant mark he could have made in the record book by becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years, California Chrome Saturday was in a position to literally reshape the landscape at Belmont Park.

Among the physical features at the 109-year-old track are 11 Top of the Stretch sets of picnic tables on the track apron, all requiring special tickets, and each labeled with the name of a Triple Crown champion: Sir Barton, Gallant Fox, Omaha, War Admiral, Whirlaway, Count Fleet, Assault, Citation, Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed.

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Of those equine action heroes, of course, Secretariat landmarks are the most plentiful. Besides the large Secretariat display just inside the grandstand entrance -- with Secretariat souvenirs, including small stuffed toys of Big Red in his blue-and-white Meadow Stable colors -- there is the Secretariat statue in the paddock area.

And 31 lengths from the finish line, which is how far back runner-up Twice A Prince finished behind Secretariat in 1973 -- the largest margin of victory in any of the Triple Crown events -- is a pole in the blue-and-white of Secretariat's jockey silks.

All around Belmont Park, among the countless betting windows and ATMs and TV monitors and souvenirs-including a "We Want a Triplechrome" T-shirt, racing history is lovingly preserved. On the second floor of the clubhouse are rows of framed photos of every Belmont winner, back to American Flag in 1925.

There also is a wall of celebrity photos dating back years: Olympic skating champion Tara Lipinski. Former Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella. Tennis champion Martina Hingis with two-time horse of the year Cigar. Saudi Arabian princes.

And a shot of Go For Gin -- the 1994 Kentucky Derby champ who finished second in both the Preakness and Belmont -- drinking from the Stanley Cup while Eddie Olczyk, a member of the Rangers' '94 Cup champions, steadies the trophy.