There are lots of other things to see at Belmont besides the racing. Here are some miscellaneous and scenic photos for you to enjoy.
Shaquille O’Neal of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns was at the Belmont dressed as a jockey like in his Vitamin Water commercial. Vitamin Water was one of the many sponsor on Belmont Stakes day.
Looking back at the grandstand from the paddock with the Secretariat statue and its blanket of carnations for the Belmont.
Looking down from the grandstand into the paddock early in the day before the crowd had all arrived. Unfortunately for the 94,476 who came out, the weather was blistering hot with high humidity and lots of sunshine. To add insult to injury, the city had water supply problems due to too many people opening fire hydrants to try and cool off and the water pressure dropped so low the toilets in the restrooms couldn't be flushed, causing them to be closed. Needless to say, this created quite a problem with everyone drinking lots of beer at the track and having nowhere to go relieve themselves other than a convenient corner or trashcan. Yuck!
Sam the Bugler (Sam Grossman) does the call to the post and shows off his hand painted jacket featuring Street Sense.
Left: The blanket of carnations is carried in to the winner's circle before the Belmont Stakes.
Right: Looking back at the crowded stands from the turf course before the Manhattan Handicap.
Left: Happy winning owner Robert LaPenta holds up the Belmont Stakes trophy.
Right: Trainer Nick Zito and owner Robert LaPenta watch while jockey Alan Garcia holds up the Belmont Stakes trophy. He seemed to have the easiest time lifting it, all those muscles in his arms from riding I guess.
A selection of the many signs Big Brown supporters brought to the track to cheer him on. As you left the track, there were lots of guys selling Big Brown t-shirts at 2 for $5, so it wasn't just the fans and bettors who were disappointed.
Triple Crown quick links:
Oxbow upsets in the Preakness - Oxbow led the entire way in the Preakness Stakes (G1) on Saturday at Pimlico with Itsmyluckyday second and Mylute third. Heavy favorite Orb made a mild move to finish fourth. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Preakness undercard stakes results - There were 7 other stakes on the card, highlighted by the Dixie Stakes (G2) won by Skyring and the Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes (G3) won by Summer Applause. Get the results, charts, and photos for 6 of the races here.
Fiftyshadesofhay wins the Black-Eyed Susan - Fiftyshadesofhay just got up to win the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) on Friday at Pimlico by a neck over Marathon Lady with favorite Emollient 6th. On the undercard, Last Gunfighter won the Pimlico Special (G3). Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Analyzing the Preakness Stakes Contenders for 2013 - My annual analysis using popular angles and statistical trends to see who best matches the profile of a Preakness winner. The big surprise is that Kentucky Derby winner Orb is not in the top group!
Orb wins the Kentucky Derby - Orb was far back early but took the lead in the stretch and drew off to win the Kentucky Derby (G1) by 2 1/2 lengths over longshot Golden Soul and Revolutionary. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
More Kentucky Derby Photos - More photos from the day including more of Orb, the trophy, the roses, Martina McBride, and lots of mud.
Kentucky Derby undercard stakes results - There were 5 other stakes on Derby day including the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) won by 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan and the Humana Distaff Stakes (G1) won by Aubby K. Get the results, charts, and photos for all 5 races here.
Princess of Sylmar upsets in the Kentucky Oaks - She rallied from far back to win the Kentucky Oaks by a half length over Beholder and Unlimited Budget, while favorite Dreaming of Julia was fourth. Get the results, chart, and photos here.
Kentucky Oaks undercard stakes results - There were 5 other stakes on Oaks day including the La Troienne Stakes (G2) won by Authenticity and the Alysheba Stakes (G3) won by Take Charge Indy. Get the results, charts, and photos for all 5 races here.
Kentucky Oaks Entries - A field of 11 fillies will go, with Gulfstream Oaks winner Dreaming of Julia favorite at 3-1 from post 8. Get the post positions, odds, and free past performances here.
Top Kentucky Derby Contenders - my list of the top horses headed to the Derby with profiles for each with photos, stats, and link to more info like past performances and pedigree.
Analyzing the top 2013 Kentucky Derby contenders - My annual analysis of the top contenders to try and select a winner by matching each to the profile of a Kentucky Derby winner using many of the more popular angles and statistical trends. This year there were is a 3-way tie for the top spot: Goldencents, Normandy Invasion, and Overanalyze.
2013 Kentucky Derby And Oaks Security - New enhanced stricter rules will be enforced this year. Be sure to read the rules as many have changed and more things are banned. There will still be magnetic wand searches of all patrons and many things are no longer allowed. Check here to make sure you don't bring anything they will confiscate.
Review: Triple Crown Handicapper 2013 - by Jim Mazur. Includes lots of stats for all 3 races and explains how to use a system of statistically derived negative angles to eliminate the "bad" picks.
Review: Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments - Commemorative DVD from Churchill Downs with video from 27 different runnings along with interviews, photos, and historical info. Definitely recommended for any racing fan!
Review: Churchill Downs - America's Most Historic Racetrack by Kimberly Gatto. An entertaining and informative account of the history of the track and it's most famous race, the Kentucky Derby, with lots of photos. Definitely recommended.