Belmont Stakes day, 2010

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:

Beautiful Belmont Park

The crowd near the paddock

Super turf miler Proviso with Mike Smith aboard before the Just a Game

The field parades before the Just a Game

Court Vision gets cooled down in the paddock before the Manhattan

Grand Couturier before the Manhattan

Champion Gio Ponti in the walking ring before finishing a tough-luck second in the Manhattan

The field enters the track for the 2010 Belmont Stakes

Into the gate...

Back to the history next week…


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5 Responses to “Belmont Stakes day, 2010”

  1. Valerie says:

    Great photos, Kev!

  2. Kevin says:

    Thanks Val! It’s a new camera that i’m still trying to figure out. Most of my good shots come from sheer volume — I take enough that i’m even money to get a few keepers. Kevin

  3. Nancyb says:

    Thanks for the pics. Very nice for someone who lives 350 miles from a racetrack.

  4. Helene Conway says:

    loved this – especially the pic of Gio Ponti
    Helene Conway

  5. PETE SENA says:

    I Missed the Bel –I Begged Virgin Atlantic to hook me up—-Almost–

    Talk about bad timing to get a great rate ;( I Leave The Derby-in England—I miss The Blmont @ home—-Its eazy to see I did not book the flight home—–3 Bookmakers were actually going to let me (lay) Pick one horse to lose-also—well I never made it–

    Great story-pics–This waz as close as I got sadly this year–