A sign that was hung from the front of the grandstand by Funny Cide fans.
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As beautiful as the weather was for Friday and the Acorn Stakes, you could not have imagined how ugly the weather would get on Saturday for the Belmont Stakes! Even so, 101,864 fans packed into Belmont Park hoping to see Funny Cide win the Triple Crown. It seemed even more crowded than that since most tried to stay indoors or at least under cover until it was time for the big race.
Here are some photos from the weekend to help give a sense of the atmosphere at Belmont. If you want to know what the weather was like, take a cold shower in your clothes and you will have an idea. :-)
The Kids to the Cup were at Belmont and had a race named for them on Friday. Here they are with their signs to cheer on Funny Cide.
Funny Cide t-shirts in several designs were everywhere on Saturday as fans took any cover they could to try and keep dry.
The All-Star Buglers were back again this year for the calls to the post on Saturday.
A view of the crowded grandstand and the apron full of umbrellas across the sloppy track on Saturday afternoon. You can see the Funny Cide sign shown top in the middle of this photo.
One of the races on Saturday was an ungraded stakes named for the last Triple Crown winner, Affirmed. In the winner's circle for the trophy presentation were his owner Mrs. Patrice Wolfson (in pink), his jockey Steve Cauthen (far right), and Larry Barrera, son of his trainer Laz Barrera and his assistant during Affirmed's career (next to Cauthen).
This year they were celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Affirmed vs. Alydar Triple Crown series. As part of this there was a special poster by Celeste Suzany and you could get it autographed by the original jockeys of Affirmed and Alydar, Steve Cauthen and Jorge Velasquez.
Harlem Jazz and Music Festival trumpet solist Joey Morant performed the national anthem and joined the All-Star Buglers for the call to the post for the first race.
One of the squirrels from the Belmont backside barn area. I'm sure he is happier now that all the extra people have left.
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