Jun 16th 2012 10:30 am |
Another Triple Crown season is over. The glass half empty crowd will define this year based on the announcement of I’ll Have Another’s scratch last Friday. I’m not among those who feel the 2012 Belmont Stakes was ruined by the defection of the dual classic winner. Maybe I’m overly optimistic but even though I couldn’t pick a winner for the past five weeks and the Triple Crown try ended in the most anti-climatic way possible I still think 2012 will be a memorable year. All three of the big races had exciting finishes, the undercards were fantastic, and Union Rags, my hometown horse, won the Belmont Stakes.
Anyone who was in the house at Belmont last Saturday would agree that few tears were shed about the scratch of I’ll Have Another. A large and enthusiastic crowd packed one of America’s greatest racing facilities to witness some unbelievable finishes and redemption for one of the best colts of his generation. I have said this before but Belmont Stakes day is one of the greatest bargains in big event sports. It only takes $10 to get you in the door to witness one of the classiest racing days of the calendar year.
Here are a couple of photographs I snapped during Belmont Stakes day 2012:
I am relocating Colin’s Ghost headquarters to Media, Pennsylvania, the hometown of Man o’ War and War Admiral, this week. My plan is to get back with a history post next week. Summer racing is upon us and I have some great stuff planned over the next few months. Thanks as always and let me know if you have any ideas or suggestion for the site. I love hearing from readers so please keep the comments coming!