Posts tagged ‘horse racing’

June 7, 2014

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The first Belmont Stakes in 1867 was run in the clockwise direction, in the tradition of English racing. It wasn’t until 1921 that the direction was changed to the counter clockwise direction which is customary in American racing.

Source: http://www.horseracegame.com

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June 7, 2014

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The Belmont Stakes is referred to as the “Run for the Carnations” because of the blanket of white carnations draped over the winner’s neck. Because the race is the final leg of the Triple Crown and because of its trying l.5-mile distance, it is also referred to as the “Test of the Champion.”

Source: http://www.boydsbets.com

May 17, 2014

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As soon as the Preakness Stake winner has been declared, a painter climbs to the top of the replica Old Clubhouse copula to paint the weather vane. He applies the colors of the winner’s silks to the jockey and horse, which will remain there until a new winner is declared in the next year’s Preakness. The practice began in 1909 after the original building’s arrow-shaped weather vane was struck down by lightening. To replace it, the Maryland Jockey Club commissioned an ornamental ironworker to forge a vane in the form of a horse and rider. It was christened that spring by coating it with the colors of the silks of that year’s winner, Effendi, and has continued ever since.

Source: http://www.preakness.com

May 3, 2014

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 On the day of the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs infield will hold around 80,000 revelers, making it Kentucky’s third-largest city, behind Lexington and Louisville.

Source: http://www.newsday.com

May 3, 2014

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Secretariat holds the record for the fastest Kentucky Derby ever run at 1:59.40, which is also the track record for the 1 1/4 mile distance at Churchill Downs. He went on to win the Triple Crown and was named Horse of the Year as well as Champion 3-year-old for 1973. He is still considered by many to be the best thoroughbred ever to race.

Source: http://www.about.com

November 10, 2013

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In February 1923, Jockey Frank Hayes suffered a fatal heart attack while riding his horse Sweet Kiss in a race at Belmont Park in New York City. Despite his sudden death, Hayes somehow remained in the saddle long enough for the 20–1 long shot to cross the finish line in first place, making him the only jockey to ride to victory after his own death.

Source: www.guinnessworldrecords.com

June 8, 2013

The Belmont Stakes

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The first Belmont Stakes took place in 1867, six years before the Preakness and a full eight years before the first Kentucky Derby. In fact, the Belmont is the oldest, continuously run, race in North America.

Source: www.chiff.com