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Track Talk: The Belmont Stakes

14422838395_56e0211407_bThe final race of the Triple Crown is here and excitement is buzzing at Belmont as people place their bets with anticipation weighing on their minds—Will American Pharaoh win the next Triple Crown? There have only been 11 horses to successfully win the Triple Crown, the last winner, Affirmed, was in 1978, roughly 37 years ago.

The Belmont, like all the other crown races, has its very own signature flower—the white carnation—a seemingly simple flower for such an extravagant event. Of all the crown races it is deemed the most grueling with a running distance of 1 ½ miles naming it the oldest and longest race. Winners receive the Belmont Stakes trophy, a beautifully crafted, Tiffany-made, silver bowl. The winning owner is given the option to keep the trophy for the year that their horse reigns as the Belmont champion.
There is great potential for American Pharaoh to be the 12th Triple Crown winner, but only time will tell how he handles this demanding test.

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Belmont Remembers and Pays Tribute

Before races, the horses circle the walking ring inside Belmont Park around a statue of Secretariat. The statue honors the record setting horse that has still, to this day, never been beaten. Secretariat was a truly remarkable athlete and many horses are still compared to him today.

Ruffian was an impressive black filly that died in a match race against Foolish Pleasure on the Belmont grounds. After suffering a bad break during the match race her jockey tried desperately to pull her up but she pushed through and continued running. This filly is the epitome of the heart and dedication both jockeys and horses have to this sport. She will forever be remembered as having the heart of a lion; a horse that had what it took to win a triple crown, but unfortunately will never have the chance to show us. She is buried in the infield of Belmont with her nose pointed toward the finish line.                                                      

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Good Luck and safest of rides to both horses and jockeys. See you at the post at 6:50 pm.

So, my confession you ask? These horses give us the chills.

May there always be a hoof print next to your foot print,
Cait&Kimmy
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Pimlicos’ Preakness

“A horse gallops with his lungs, preserves with his heart and wins with his character”

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Two short weeks ago we all watched as American Pharaoh defeated Dortmund and Firing Line in the home stretch of the Kentucky Derby to secure victory. We dedicated a whole blog to the Kentucky Derby and now it’s time to shine some light on the Preakness.

The Preakness is the second race in the Triple Crown series. The series works its way up the coast from Churchill Downs in Kentucky, to Pimlico in Maryland, and ends with the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York. The Preakness is often referred to as the race for the Black Eyed Susan’s because the winner is draped in a blanket of the Black Eyed flowers. FUN FACT: The Black Eyed Susan is the official flower of the Preakness but it doesn’t bloom until late June/July. That being said, the blanket of “black eyed Susan’s” is actually a knock off and is comprised of gerbera daisies, sun flowers or other flowers with a black center. Officials are trying their hardest to one day soon utilize the actual flower.

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Just as the Kentucky Derby participants sip their mint julep, the fans of the Preakness created their own drink, appropriately named the Black Eyed Susan; the drink consists of Vodka, St. Germain, pineapple juice, lime juice and orange juice.

The race this weekend promises excitement. Crowds are buzzing with curiosity—begging the question—will we have a Triple Crown winner?! What do you think? Place your bets, tune into the Preakness and after all is said and done, we will see you on our home turf, Long Island, for the Belmont Stakes on June 6th.

So, my confession you ask? I hope Firing Line delivers the upset.

 

May there always be a hoof print next to your foot print,
Christine 

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Derby Days

“A race horse is the only animal that can take a couple

thousand people for a ride at the same time”

134th Kentucky Derby

The day has finally come, ITS DERBY DAY. Some people wait all year for the Derby, whether you are a horse… or hat enthusiast, excitement is buzzing in the air. The derby provides a day full of traditions; big hats, fancy dresses, mint juleps, the official drink of the Kentucky derby, and the singing of My Old Kentucky Home. The whole crowd inside and outside of the track will join in singing as the horses head to the post. It’s the song of Kentucky and more importantly, the derby. Every year, on the first Saturday of May, the Kentucky Derby kicks off the first race in the Triple Crown series, followed by the Preakness, which falls on May 16th this year, then the Belmont Stakes, on June 6th.

The Kentucky Derby, better known as the run for roses, is an explosive race collecting thousands of dollars in bets annually. The race gets its nickname because the rose is the traditional flower of the derby. After winning the race the victor is draped with a garland of red roses. The symbolic meaning of the floral blanket is similar to that of a crown.

The Fan Favorites for the 2015 Kentucky Derby include American Pharoah, Dortmund, Frosted, Carpe Diem and Mubtaahij. One of our favorites this year is Mubtaahij. He sparked our interest when we learned that he is the only horse that trains barefoot and runs without lasix, since he is not a bleeder.

See you in two weeks as we run for the black eyed Susan’s at Pimlico for the Preakness!

So, my Confession you ask?  My money is on Carpe Diem.

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May there always be a hoof print next to your foot print,
Cait&Kimmy

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