Saturday, May 19, 2012

I'll Have Another, please.

And then we've got the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years.

Yeah, baby!
BALTIMORE — I’ll Have Another waited a little longer to catch Bodemeister in the stretch this time, and now that he’s done it twice in a row it’s time for a Triple Crown try in the Belmont Stakes in three weeks.
 With a breathtaking closing rush, the smooth-striding colt won the Preakness Stakes by a neck at Pimlico Race Course on a sunny Saturday, a dramatic finish that topped his win two weeks ago in the Kentucky Derby.
Just so everyone knows, I won't be betting on the Belmont. A single bet from me can change history. And not in a good way.

I'm staying out of this because I'll Have Another should have a fighting chance. He deserves it.


  1. Great race. In the Belmont, I doubt if Bodemeister will be the horse who stands in the way.

  2. Absolutely. A long distance horse will be the danger. Also, it will be someone who catches him. I think he'll catch everyone in fort of him. My wife has been horse crazy her whole life and she was not alive when the last triple crown was won. It would be special. So keep yer bettin' mitts off dere, Buttercup.

    In fact, bet on every other horse. Your monetary pain is my personal gain. Arrrrgh!! Now I am a Democrat too!

  3. Wouldn't it be spectacular is he does it? He was bought at auction for only $35,000. To win the Triple Crown. HA! I'd drink to that. But I won't bet on it. HAHA!

    1. My grandfather owned a fraction of a horse in the Derby in 1970 or 71. It didn't win, but we watched all three races as a family back then. I watched Secretariat...The Belmont was the greatest spectacle I have ever seen along with the 1980 Miracle on Ice. I loved that horse so much. I would love to see another triple crown winner because pundits say it is virtually impossible today and I think that is crap. I bet pretty much every triple crown winner there ever was (11 or so?) would have won in at least 8 of the years between 2000 and now. And no one could convince me that Secretariat would not have won any year he was in between his win and today. Including 77 and 78 vs Seattle Slew or Affirmed.

    2. My background is in cutting horses and eventing. I watch horse racing (the big races), but don't bet (you can thank me) and don't really follow times, breeding, etc. But the idea of a Triple Crown winner is very exciting because of the "it can't be done" crowd.

      It will be fun, at any rate! And whatever happens, it won't be my fault! LOL!

      BTW, does the Belmont have a drink, like the Kentucky Derby's Mint Julep or the Preakness Black-Eyed Susan?

  4. The Breeze, but it doesn't have the history of the julep.

    1. Well, see here it is! Thanks for the tip. But it sounds pretty sweet. What the heck...I'll try it.

      Belmont Breeze - Official Drink

      Toast of the Champion

      Belmont BreezeThe Belmont Breeze is the official drink of the Belmont Stakes. Created by New York's premiere beverage authority Dale DeGroff, the profile of the Belmont Breeze comes from the colonial recipe: one of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak.

      The ingredients are:

      1 1/2 ounces of a good American blended whiskey
      3/4 ounces Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry
      1/2 ounce of fresh lemon juice
      1 ounce of simple syrup
      (1 ounce of sweet and sour mix may be substituted for the lemon juice and simple syrup)
      1 1/2 ounces fresh orange juice
      1 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
      1 ounce 7-Up
      1 ounce Club Soda

      Shake first six ingredients with ice, then top with 7-Up and club soda. Garnish with mint sprig and lemon wedge.