From a 1988 NYT article written by Steven Crist ahead of that year’s Preakness:
‘Stephens said he congratulated Lukas after the race, but could not resist noting his own accomplishments as well. “I congratulated him, but you know I’ve been to that winner’s circle a few times myself,” Stephens said. “I’ve won five Belmonts and he’ll never do that. I ran second in the Derby three times now and won it twice. By the time he gets to that, he’ll be so old he can’t walk.” ’
Woody would have been a natural on SOcial MEDia, eh?
They were all — Lukas & Winning Colors, Stephens & Forty Niner — completely outclassed by the best 3-year-old of that year, the great New Orleanian Risen Star, Eddie D. up. Risen Star’s Belmont romp was one for the ages, with Winning Colors dead last and Eugene V. Klein ready to have a coronary in the Belmont clubhouse there. Meanwhile, the calm and understated Louie J. Roussel 3d, who once joked that Risen Star was trying to tell Roussel, ‘Take me to Charlie Whittingham’, basked in all the glory. That was a good Belmont outcome, 1988, 30 years ago.
Living in New Orleans at that time, praying alongside Mr. Louie J. Roussel 3d and all the other faithful at the Holy Name of Jesus Church on St. Chas. Ave. on the Loyola campus in the runup to that year’s Triple Crown races, well, we enjoyed that Belmont outcome in 1988, 30 years ago, very much. That was calm and understated glory right there, Louie J. Roussel 3d & Risen Star, unlike Eugene V. Klein ready to have a coronary in the Belmont clubhouse there.
Fairmount 4, 7
Indiana 2, 6
Thistle 3, 8
Fast Final-Furlong Phantasms
Louisiana 3, 4
Fort Erie† 4
Keystone 6, 9
*-morning-line faves only, including those bumped-up to morning-line-favorite status after accounting for raceday scratches and changes, which are current as of 1:53 p.m. EDT; no-go if race switches surface or if any part of coupled-entry scratches; terms & conditions apply
†-raceday scratches & changes unavailable at press-time; no rainchecks
YESTERDAY’s Fine Finishes‡
‡-High-Octane Chancers doin’ it exclusively with All-In-One V6 and its LifeLiner Speed Column analysis and LifeLiner Spread Column analysis, without regard to operational definitions of faves or freakazoids; thank you!
Thank you, Louie J. Roussel 3d. Thank you, Risen Star. Thank you, New Orleans in 1988.
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