Belmont Stakes Day, 2009

Jun 10th 2009 11:19 pm |

View of Belmont Park, Section 2v, June 6, 2009View of Belmont Park, Section 2v, June 6, 2009

We had a perfect day of racing at Belmont this past Saturday. Summer Bird capped off an intriguing Triple Crown season that included a 50/1 shot in the Derby, a filly in the Preakness, and a couple of previously unknown trainers sharing the spotlight. Add to that, Hall of Famer Kent Desormeaux finally winning the race that brought him more agony then any other.

Racing doesn’t need a Triple Crown, it needs more stories like those of Tim Ice, Chip Wooley, and Calvin Borel. Let’s hope the summer racing season has as much drama as we had over the past five weeks.

I couldn’t have asked for a better day at the races for Belmont Stakes Day. We had excellent seats and perfect weather; I cashed a few tickets; ate some good food (thank you Carolina BBQ); and had one of the cleanest trips out of New York I have ever had (Geno at Equispace would have been proud).

I am putting my summer itinerary together now — looks like trips to Saratoga and Colonial are in the cards for this year. And, of course, many weekends at Delaware Park.

Check out these Belmont Stakes reports and pictures from Green But Game, Equispace, The Bug Boys, Left at the Gate, Brooklyn Backstrectch, and Throughbred Zone. I don’t know about you, but I really love reading the blogs after the big days — especially when so many bloggers were in the house on Saturday. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Belmont Stakes coverage and tweets by Jessica at Raceday360 this year.

And don’t miss this interesting post by Dana at Green But Game featuring Super8 footage of Belmont Stakes past.

Here are a few of my snapshots from the day:

Edgar Prado aboard Benny the Bull, June 6, 2009
Edgar Prado aboard Benny the Bull
Fabulous Strike before his win in the True North, June 6, 2009
The always game Fabulous Strike before the True North
Post parade for the Manhattan and the Belmont crowd, June 6, 2009
Post parade for the Manhattan and the Belmont crowd
Mine that Bird checks out the crowd before the big race
Ready to load for the 2009 Belmont Stakes

Back to the history next week!


Filed in Belmont Park,Belmont Stakes, 2009,Fabulous Strike,Mine that Bird,Prado, Edgar

4 Responses to “Belmont Stakes Day, 2009”

  1. EquiSpace says:

    Nice pics and kudos for the Batman-like escape route. Thanks for the links. Sorry I missed you Saturday.

  2. The_Knight_Sky says:

    Colin's Ghost wrote:

    Racing doesn't need a Triple Crown, it needs more stories like those of Tim Ice, Chip Wooley, and Calvin Borel.

    I commented about this elsewhere. Too many media members and bloggers are ignoring the owners of Summer Bird, Kalarikal and Vilasini Jayaraman.

    They're not Jess Jackson, but I'm sure if one looks harder I'm sure these veteran horse owners have a story to tell also. 😉

  3. Jessica says:

    Thanks for the link, Kevin! Sorry I missed seeing you on Saturday. That was the one bad thing about what was a terrific day of racing — it went by so quickly, before I had a chance to catch up with everyone.

  4. Superfecta says:

    Great stuff! Sorry I missed you there, but I'm sure we will see each other at the Del Cap.