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Bill Clinton tops celebrity 'A' list at Belmont Stakes

Former President Bill Clinton attends the Belmont Stakes

Former President Bill Clinton attends the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Belmont Park in Elmont. Credit: Candice Ruud

American Pharoah and an American president were at the Belmont Stakes Saturday.

Former President Bill Clinton showed up at the North Shore Terrace area of Belmont Park in Elmont to cheer on American Pharoah's Triple Crown victory.

Clinton entered the private area about an hour before post time and posed for photos with some of the VIPs there.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is seeking a third White House win for the Clinton family, did not join him.

Earlier in the day, both of the Clintons attended Beau Biden's funeral in Delaware.

Clinton wasn't the only celebrity in view at the Belmont. Carson Daly, host of NBC's "The Voice," was also excited about being at the race.

"I got to say hello to President Clinton, which is always a pleasure," he said. "And I bought a ticket on American Pharoah for my office as a piece of history."

"Today Show" host Willie Geist also was more concerned about getting a souvenir of the Belmont than having a big payday at the wagering window. "I have a bet on American Pharoah, but it was only so I could frame the ticket if he wins," Geist said.

Earlier, a pair of sporting kings enjoyed the sport of kings: former Yankees manager Joe Torre and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones were spotted dining with separate groups at The Belmont Room.

If celeb watching wasn't enough to entertain race fans, there was also a performance by the cast of "Jersey Boys" before the race. The Goo Goo Dolls were on tap to perform later.

One celeb no-show was Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was scheduled to present the winner's trophy to the Belmont winner. He canceled to appear in a news conference tied to the escape of two convicted murderers from maximum security prison Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate Dannemora.

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