- For any early birds out there planning on getting to Belmont early (gates open at 8:30 AM, not sure when the beer goes on sale), they'll be a "Backyard Adult Fun Area" which I don't believe will include throwing beer cans at people running on top of portable bathrooms. We're far too sophisticated for that shit here in NYC. Instead, they'll be a dunk tank, "bouncy boxing," and "gladiator jousting." Steve Crist, Watchmaker, and Dave Litfin will handicap the card at ten. If you just can't wait until the noon post time to start losing money, wagering on British racing, including the Epsom Derby, will be available starting at 9.
You might want to bring some headphones or ear plugs however, as they'll also be the cast of the Broadway musical Movin Out, which will be performing Billy Joel covers starting at ten. Talk about a buzz kill.
All of the details are available on NYRA's Belmont Stakes fact sheet (PDF file).
- Here are the post positions for the Belmont. The draw was conducted in relative secrecy, televised only on a local cable channel rather than the ESPN national telecasts we saw for the first two legs. Some are wondering why that is, but given the irrelevancy of the post positions for this particular race, it seems appropriate enough to me. Big Brown draws the rail.
- Talk about an executive rolling up his sleeves and getting down and dirty! The blur of a man trying to corral the loose horse pictured here is none other than Remington Park General Manager Scott Wells.
"As she went by, I thought, 'I have to grab this filly.' So, I grabbed hold of her, and she jerked me off my feet, and I looked very awkward there," he said. "But, we got her stopped, and she didn't get herself hurt, so she was none the worse for wear." [KOCO-TV]Both horse and GM are fine; you gotta check out the full video here. I'd like to see Charlie Hayward do that!