|No. 9 was the magic number on Saturday|
I had another terrific experience in Baltimore, and explored the track a little more than in the past. I spent some time in the grandstand, the Sports Palace (not sure I was supposed to be in there), the clubhouse, the Turf Terrace and of course, the Infield. It was packed to the gills in the infield, but everyone seemed to be pretty civilized and having a good time. I think the bands they brought in this year helped with the type of crowd that showed up Saturday afternoon.
I once again sat next to Capitals beat writer Steve Whyno, who was a pleasure to be with all weekend, who covers the Preakness for the Washington Times. It's always fun to chat NHL with him as well as the ponies.
We live blogged the day, in between visiting with K-Mart, the Beer Man, Teresa, NJ Derek and Matt from Kentucky, who I enjoyed dinner with later in the evening at the Airport Hilton, my bar of choice post-Preakness.
I was pretty fortunate at the windows (see live blog - not easy to put yourself out there) where I hit the late Pick-4 and gave out the Preakness trifecta (who doesn't like doubling their money?), but had to eat humble pie with my pick in the paper, Went The Day Well, who finished 10th. Both Whyno and I picked him to win, and we both said "ruh roh" when he took off from his stable pony during the post parade and ran off. Oh well -- that's why they call it gambling. The Belmont is usually a wagering bloodbath for me, hopefully I can keep the mojo going.
The one thing I didn't do, that I have before the last two Preaknesses was to buy a souvenir $2 win ticket on I'll Have Another. It failed miserably for Super Saver and Animal Kingdom, so I guess I'll have to not buy one on Belmont Day. I wouldn't want to jinx the Flower Alley colt with a chance to enter legendary status.
Here are some pictures from the day....
|Gate break in the Gallorette|
|Zagora was all the best for Chad Brown|
in the Grade 3 Gallorette
|Gate break for Race 4 with promising 3-year-olds|
4-Paynter and 3-Brimstone Island
|Paynter runs away from Brimstone Island|
to earn a triple digit Beyer
|Time to enter InfieldFEST|
|Party atmosphere in the Infield|
|180 degree turn - under the tent|
in the Turf Terrace
|View of a turf race in the|
Turf Terrace - pretty sweet view
|Clare Skies Ahead|
sores to victory in an allowance race
|Just dropping in - don't mind me|
|Loading for the James W. Murphy|
1 mile turf race
|D. Wayne Lukas' 2-Skyring (8-1) upsets the |
Murphy to kick off the Pick-4
|They say anything goes at |
|3-Hudson Steele was all the best|
for the Toddster in the Grade 2 Dixie
|9-I'll Have Another in the paddock|
|6-Creative Cause in the post parade|
|7-Bodemeister arrives on the scene|
|9-I'll Have Another|
|They're off in Preakness 137|
|Running past the Grandstand|
for the first time
|9-I'll Have Another starts his move past 7-Bodemeister|