Sorry for all the emphasis on the Racquet Sport of Kings lately. Supposedly this here Web log is about the plain-old Sport of Kings (no racket!), or at least the horseys. In keeping with that lapsed spirit, here’s a JockeyCam™ re-creation of the finish of our favorite Belmont Stakes ever. See if you can guess the year, the winner & the jockey of that Belmont represented in today’s video lede… (answers on the jump-page, like they did in the old days with the broadsheet & tabloid newspapers! jump to the jump-page!)…
OK. Time’s up! Put your pencils down (do they still administer exams that way?) and let’s see your response. The immortal Secretariat in the 1973 Triple Crown clincher? No! How about Jean Cruguet saluting at the wire to wrap-up his 1977 sweep? Wrong again! Ah, yes, it has to be Affirmed in the next year’s renewal outdueling Alydar? Sorry!
Of course the Belmont Stakes stretch-run being recreated here is Eddie Delahoussaye showing the stick to the tongue-tied Risen Star in 1988, even though the outcome was determined well before the final furlong; the jockey just wanted to keep his charge honest, have him maintain focus to and through the wire. So we have tried to do this here. Risen Star! New Orleans! Roussel & Lamarque! Eddie D.! New Orleans!
BestLine Racing Society Recap:
Chronologically today it was Laurel, Woodbine, Del Mar, Golden Gate, Chas. Town & Remington — ’round-the-clock activity! Racing!
Race 6 from Del Mar, Calif., was a decision in favor of #2 Stay On the Fence (.254 / 2.94 / 3.72), who paid $12-even up top.
Staying in the Golden State now for Race 5 at Albany, in which #1 Supersonic Flyer (.142 / 6.04 / 8.86) ran to that billing in a Mach 4 upset at $60.60; completing your winning $217.80 exacta was #8 Tura Lura (.210 / 3.76 / 4.71), with the premium price on that comboa (comboa!) being $101.18.
BestLine Racing Society Nightcap:
Fairmount / FanDuel right at the end here, in the shank of the West Coast afternoon!