Thursday, June 4, 2015

Eight in the Belmont Stakes

The Belmont Stakes, the third jewel of the Triple Crown, will be run at 6:50 EDT on Saturday.  Eight three-year-old colts are entered, running one and a half miles, for a purse worth $1.5 million.  Eight horses, seven trainers, eight jockeys, eight owners, eight stallions, eight mares - all hoping to win the Belmont, but only American Pharoah can win the Triple Crown championship.
  All of the colts were bred in Kentucky, except Mubtaahij, who was bred in Ireland.  Todd Pletcher trains Madefromlucky and Materiality.  Frosted is a grey (or roan), Frammento and Madefromlucky are chestnuts,, the other five colts are bay.  Currently, the weather situation seems to be warm, bright, and dry for the Stakes race.
  Here are the horses, in their starting post positions, with their sire in parentheses, followed by the names of their jockeys and trainers, and their morning line betting odds:
1   Mubtaahij  (by Dubawi IRE)   Irad Ortiz, Jr    Michael de Kock     10 to 1
2   Tale of Vereve (by Tale of Ekati)  Gary Stevens    Dallas Stewart   15 to 1
3   Madefromlucky (by Lookin At Lucky)   Javier Castellano   Todd Pletcher   12 to 1
4   Frammento  (by Midshipman)   Mike Smith   Nick Zito   30 to 1
5   American Pharoah  (by Pioneerof the Nile)  Victor Espinoza   Bob Baffert  3 to 5
6   Frosted (by Tapit)   Joel Rosario   Kiaran McLaughlin  5 to 1
7   Keen Ice  (by Curlin)   Kent Desormeaux   Dale Romans   20 to 1
8   Materiality (by Afleet Alex)   John R Velasquez   Todd Pletcher  6 to 1

   I'll give you my picks Saturday - but I'd love for American Pharoah to win and become the twelfth horse to win all American Triple Crown races.

   And I'm upset again.  I know, that seems to be my natural state - but….   A visitor to Rocky Mountain National Park shot and killed a nursing cow elk near Mills Lake.  First, NO Hunting is allowed in RMNP.  Second, it is illegal to fire a weapon inside RMNP boundaries.  Third, the baby elk has not been found, meaning it will probably starve to death.  That makes me want to growl and howl, turn into a grizz and eat the person responsible alive.

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