Jockey Club Gold Cup, 2010

Oct 6th 2010 09:01 pm |

This past Saturday’s trip to Belmont was one of those whirlwind days at the track where I didn’t realize how much fun I had until I was sitting in traffic on the Belt Parkway on the way home. My Saratoga sidekick and good buddy Chad was along for the ride and his take on Belmont: Crowd wasn’t nearly as pretty as the one in Saratoga but they were far more entertaining. I told him it was the difference between a vacation crowd and a hard core horse playing crowd, and, if he thought the Belmont crowd is entertaining, we would have to visit Aqueduct this winter.

I only make it to the New York tracks a few times a year, and yet I always seem to find people that I know. This can all be attributed to social media. I doubt fans of other major sports have used sites like Twitter and Facebook to turn online communities into actual meet-ups at venues the way race fans have (maybe I am wrong about this?). I met people from Ohio, Virginia, Massachusetts, California, and, of course, New York and New Jersey on Saturday — all people, who I met via Twitter. It’s a pretty amazing thing when you think about it. Sid Fernando wrote a detailed post about this phenomena on his site.

Besides all the socializing, Saturday was a great day of racing. While the day might have lacked a “superstar” (many hoped that Rachel Alexandra would have raced in the Beldame), it’s always special to see five grade one races in a single day.

Here a couple of photos from Jockey Club Gold Cup day:

Forever Togther heads to the track for the final time. She finished a disappointing sixth in the Flower Bowl. It was announced after the race that she would be retired.

Beldame winner Life at Ten.

Paddy o' Prado in the paddock prior to the Joe Hirsch. He finished a game second to Winchester in his first try against older horses.

Cornelio Velasquez in the winner's circle aboard Winchester after winning the Joe Hirsch.

Jockey Club Gold Cup favorite Blame with Garret Gomez aboard.

Haynesfield crosses the wire first in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Jockey Ramon Dominguez showed why he has been dominating the New York scene with his masterful front running ride on the winner.

Second and third place finishers Blame and Fly Down return after the Gold Cup.

And, the winner is readied for his picture -- Haynesfield also won this year's Suburban, an historic New York stakes double...

Let the countdown begin for Breeders’ Cup — I will be there this year and am really looking forward to it.

The Breeders’ Cup means the off-season for me as I usually take a bit of a break from this site after the big weekend. Of course, i’ll still do a few posts before the end of the year but won’t be posting as regularly. I have some things in the works for next year that I hope will add a new dimension to the site. More to come on that in the next few months. Let me know if you have any ideas about things you’d like to see at Colin’s Ghost.

As always, thanks for reading and good luck!

Filed in Jockey Club Gold Cup,thoroughbred racing history

3 Responses to “Jockey Club Gold Cup, 2010”

  1. Teresa says:

    Wonderful to see you as always; the day definitely felt like it had an extra frisson of fun in it.

    @NHLtweetup is specifically geared toward hockey tweeps meeting up to watch games. I’ve never participated, but I follow, and it seems a pretty active group.

  2. Robert says:

    Social Media has been great in bringing together Horse racing fans.

    It is also used effectively for other fans to get together. Some of my friends are hard core NFL fans and have meet ups with fellow fans and in baseball my brother who resides in NYC has social media meet ups all the time at CitiField and Yankee Stadium to meet other baseball fans.

    ..and Twitter use was off the charts during this past summers Soccer World Cup.

  3. Sid Fernando says:

    Good meeting, Kevin.