It is a very busy Triple Crown season for me. I have to work during Derby weekend, Preakness weekend, and now the Belmont Stakes racing festival. At Churchill Downs, these days are mandatory work days. I wanted to work at the track during Derby weekend and asked my boss’ boss. No dice. I had to be at the Tote Room. And now that Justify will have a chance at the Triple Crown, there is no way I could leave Louisville and head out to Belmont Park. My friend Tammy from the Churchill Downs Racing Club had a chance, we could have a road trip and find a hotel room within a 45 mile radius. No dice, either. Tammy will watch from home and I will be once again in the Tote Room.
And while people are watching the Belmont, I’m more focused at the Met Mile. I think it will be an epic race.
We have the beloved one-eyed Patch branching out. We have McCraken from last year. This year’s Bolt d’Oro will race– it’s rare that a three year old would compete at that race. Tammy’s club horse Warrior’s Club will race. The Racing Club is super psyched about that, ever since he won at Keeneland’s Commonwealth race in April. There are rumors that Limousine Liberal (Warrior’s rival) will join in. That was why she wanted to attend. And I have two more reasons: Mind Your Biscuits and Good Samaritan.
I followed Biscuits since he was a three-year-old horse because of his name. He did very well at the NYRA circuit and I was not surprised to see him hit the board at the 2016 Breeders’ Cup. The West Coast people had him as a longshot but I knew he will do very well.
And the next year, he raced in the 2017 Golden Shaheen in Dubai. He had a crappy outside post, the 14 hole. He was behind the pack…and then… you have to watch this. Pardon the lack of English in this clip.
And he did that again this year:
And after he is done racing, he will go to Japan for stud duty. That is a good excuse to save up and visit some time.
Good Samaritan is another horse I follow. I was hoping he would be on the Derby trail. But for some reason (injury?) he sat out and focused on turf races.
Then the post-Derby season was when he did well. His connections thought he would do well in the dirt and entered him in the Jim Dandy against Always Dreaming from the Kentucky Derby and Cloud Computing from the Preakness. At work, I saw the gate open and…
The racing media called Good Samaritan’s victory an upset. I disagree. First off, GS had been racing well in stakes and his connections did not push him onto the Derby Trail. Second, I thought Always Dreaming and Cloud Computing peaked as 3 year olds. The rigors of the Trail wore them out. And finally, I believe both AD and CC (especially CC) had the “finickies”. I had the feeling that they didn’t like the Saratoga track. I did not know that AD had a wicked case of stomach ulcers, so I chalked it up to fatigue. GS was training on Saratoga. Therefore, it was not an upset. It was Winstar’s and Mott’s opportunity that they grabbed eagerly and with foresight.
So when I heard that there were these horses at that one race, I want to be there, to see Biscuits and the gang. The horses who kept me entertained for the last two years will face off. I’ll be watching them at work, but at least I won’t be bothered by the crowds and the high cost of New York hotel rooms. I advise you to watch the Met Mile when you tune into the NBC Belmont coverage next Saturday.