141st Belmont Stakes

9 12 2008

6 June 2009

The Belmont Stakes, a “crown jewel” of American horse racing’s Triple Crown – Kentucky Derby, Preakness and the Belmont Stakes – is the third and last leg of this horse racing series held at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.

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Due to the one mile length of Belmont Park’s main track, this race is called the “Test of the Champion”; most 3 year old throughbreds are unaccustomed to the distance, lack  experience, and possibly the stamina to maintain a winning speed for long period on this course. The race is 1.5-miles (2.4 km) for 3 year-old colts and geldings carrying 126 pounds (57 kg) , and fillies carrying 121 pounds (55 kg).

 

The Belmont Stakes, called the “Run for the Carnations”, has rich tradition dating back to 1866; contemporary traditions include, the winner’s blanket of white carnations, post-parade songs “Sidewalks of New York” and theTheme from “New York, New York” as well as the Belmont Stakes Festival.

Terence Dulay

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134th Running of the Preakness

6 12 2008

16 May 2009

The Preakness, a “crown jewel” of American horse racing’s Triple Crown – Kentucky Derby, Preakness and the Belmont Stakes – and the second leg of the horse racing series.

Photo by Matthew Stockman of Getty Images

Photo by Matthew Stockman of Getty Images

 

For over 130 years, the Black-Eyed Susan Blanket has driven this exciting race. Fabu-delish© hats, Maryland’s Black Eyed Susans, The Infamous Infield  surround pagentry that characterizes this thrilling annual stake at Baltimore‘s  Pimlico Race Course, on the third Saturday in May.

Image Courtesy of Jerry Dzierwinski

Image Courtesy of Jerry Dzierwinski

The Preakness coincides with a plethora of wonderful events: 

  • Pimlico Clubhouse Alibi Breakfast and Maryland Jockey Club Awards
  • Preakness Celebration
  • Preakness Parade
  • Miss Preakness Contest
Image Courtesy of Jerry Dzierwinski

Image Courtesy of Jerry Dzierwinski

Tickets can be swindled, appropriated and otherwise purchased here!





135th Kentucky Derby

5 12 2008

2 May 2009

The Kentucky Derby, a “crown jewel” of American horse racing’s Triple Crown – Kentucky Derby, Preakness and the Belmont Stakes – is the first leg of the horse racing series.

Big Brown Win (2008)

For over 125 years, this  “Run for the Roses” tradition – hats, The Infield, “My Old Kentucky Home” – showcases the best of three-year old thoroughbred horses in a stakes race held annually, at Churchill Downs, on the first Saturday in May.

The Kentucky Derby currently covers one and one-quarter miles (2.012 km) , with colts and geldings carrying 126 pounds (57 kg) and fillies 121 pounds (55 kg); the race is coined “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” for its approximate time length. 

True socialites and horse owners can be found in private boxes…of course.

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Those of us without connections may apply for these highly coveted tickets, Grandstand or Infield, here!