Jun 8th 2010 08:30 pm |
The 2010 Triple Crown season came to a close on Saturday. While this year’s crop of three-year-olds didn’t exactly set the world on fire, racing fans have plenty to be excited about this summer with horses like Quality Road, Rachel Alexandra, Blame, Zenyatta, Gio Ponti, and Presious Passion still in training. And, who knows, it might be too early to make a final judgement on the colts, Trappe Shot’s win on Saturday shows that three-year-olds can emerge and improve at any time during the year.
I was in the house at Belmont Park on Saturday. We have certainly seen better Belmont Stakes days, but as always, I had a great time at Big Sandy. The implausible results of the Acorn, Manhattan, and Belmont put a damper on my wagering but I wasn’t alone in that regard. The performances by Proviso and allowance-winner Trappe Shot proved the best of the day. I am really interested to see how Proviso campaigns this summer — a showdown with her and Golidikova in the Breeders Cup Mile would be epic.
While the big race lacked a Triple Crown try, and attracted what might prove to be a forgettable field, that didn’t matter to the 45,000 fans as Drosselmyer passed the front-running First Dude in the stretch — the crowd still roared and the stands shook under my feet.
I had the pleasure of sitting next to a group of four friends who had attended every Belmont Stakes since 1968. They have been sitting in the same seats since the early 1970s. Tradition runs deep in New York racing — from the track to the grandstand.
Here are a few photographs from Belmont Stakes day 2010:
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