The Belmont Stakes are finally here and with them the possibility of a Triple Crown. The odds that another horse joins this elite club are long, but it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement. Read the rest of this entry
No need to adjust your computer, smart phone, tablet, or any other electronic screen. You also haven’t gone crazy, what you’re seeing is real. In honor of the third and final race in the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, it’s my first ever back-to-back posts.
Considering I provided all of your race day 2WC coverage for the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, it seemed only right that I should wrap things up as well. Especially since this race could see the first Triple Crown champion in over 30 years.
Apologies to all the horse racing fans out there, for skipping over the Preakness. It’s been a busy spring at 2WC, and well, sometimes things fall through the cracks.
However, to make up for it. I thought I’d do a pre-race preview for the Belmont Stakes. Yes, racing aficionados, it’s not until next Saturday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start getting excited this week.
But first, a quick recap of the past two Triple Crown races–I’ll Have Another wins (x2)!
If there was ever a year to feign interest in the Belmont Stakes, this is it. After all, it’s not every year that there’s still a Triple Crown contender in the running.
For those of you not in the racing loop, it’s been 34 years since the last Triple Crown winner, and this year’s dark horse–I’ll Have Another–seems as likely as any past contenders to take the crown.
So, there you have it, with one week to go consider yourself officially caught up and pumped up on this year’s exciting, final Triple Crown race.
More on the Story: NY Times – “Ode to I’ll Have Another”
…just for fun:
Those of you thinking that just because the dream of a Triple Crown winner is several weeks gone now means this isn’t just as exciting…shame on you.
We still have a showdown ahead of us. It’s Shackleford v. Animal Kingdom in an epic battle of speed and awesome names.
Of course the real victory today happened off the track (and several days ago). I am of course referring to the return of ‘ol blue eyes and the classic Kander and Ebb tune: “New York, New York.”
From 1997 until 2009 the song had been played as the horses paraded on the track. Last year it was replaced by a more modern tune “Empire State of Mind” by Alicia Keys.
Why? Perhaps an attempt to bring in a younger hipper crowd to the horse racing scene.
Personally I think a Facebook event may have been more impactful, or perhaps and iPhone app?
But really, if Frank Sinatra is what is keeping them away, do you really want their interest?
Of course while this may be a victory for the classics, we mustn’t forget those left behind. Sorry Miss Keys but the incredibly brief reign of your hit has ended.
Just remember, you’ll always have the 2010 Belmont Stakes (and a few Grammy’s).
“Sinatra’s Voice Returns to Belmont Stakes”: Boston Globe