I got the horse right here

Updated: June 23, 2006, 2:53 PM ET

This week, many people will watch the 138th running of the Belmont Stakes. In the past, those in the owner's boxes typically have been millionaires who have a solid stable and plenty of cash. That's no longer the rule, however, thanks in part to the horses purchased for cheap who have had success in the biggest races and a growing number of syndicates. Real Quiet, who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness in 1998, was bought for $17,000. Funny Cide, who accomplished the same feat in 2003, was bought for a bargain $75,000 and Smarty Jones, winner of the 2004 Derby and Preakness, was a $17,500 bargain horse.