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…Raise the Stakes

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


…Raise the Stakes

BelmontStakesLogo2014_298No 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.

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…Smell the Roses


Happy Derby Day!

Today marks the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby, and the first race in the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.

Today is all about outrageous hats, mint juleps, and pretending to be an expert in thoroughbred racing. If your a little behind on your research of this year’s field, here’s what you need to know:

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…Up the Ante

It’s time for second jewel in the Triple Crown series—the Preakness Stakes.

Once again, the Crusade is here to walk you through the highlights of this thoroughbred racing event.

While not as glamorous as the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness makes up for this with its level of excitement.

The Preakness is known not just for the 1-3/16 mile race around the Pimlico dirt track, but also the action on the inside of the track.

The overly rowdy infield crowd got themselves a stern reprimanding a few years ago when the Porta-Potties races (I’ll let you use your imagination for what that entails) became a bigger draw than the thoroughbreds races.

In 2009, fans were banned from bringing in their own alcoholic beverages, and attendance plummeted (shocking).

This year, an olive branch, known as Kegasus, is being extended by race coordinators.  The half-human, half-horse mascot (yes, you’re correct that is technically a centaur) will be distributing bottomless mugs of beer (that should help with the rowdiness).

On the periphery of all this, of course, there is also a race.

This year, Animal Kingdom will be racing for a shot at a Triple Crown title, a feat that has not been accomplished since 1978.

Today’s race essentially determines whether or not the majority of the viewing public will care about the Belmont Stakes.

So here’s to a good race (assuming that the rapture doesn’t occur before), and a legitimate run at the Triple Crown by Animal Kingdom.


More on the Race: Preakness 136

More on the Story: Kegasus

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