Monday, May 25, 2009

10,099 Happy People

That was the attendance at Belmont Park today for the card including the 2009 edition of the Met Mile. Maybe it was the perfect weather, but people just seemed happy today. There was a lot of noise at the finishes, a lot of cheering for the horses and jocks and very little heckling.

- Bribon took the big race for trainer Bob Ribaudo. I think I may be good luck for Mr. Ribaudo. I was at Saratoga last Summer for the Sword Dancer Stakes, won by his Grand Couturier. And now I was there for Bribon winning the Met Mile. That's 2 of his 3 lifetime Grade One wins. I am available whenever you need me, Mr. Ribaudo.

Bribon was cooled off right in front of me at the rail, which gave me a chance to catch this photo.

He's very handsome, but there will not be any dates in his future because he is unfortunately a gelding. The Twitterverse lit up shortly after the race pointing out that the three most recent "stallion-producing" races have been won by a filly and two geldings.

- Curious claim in the 7th race by owner Lords of Racing and trainer Assaf Ronen. They took Masala T for $10,000. The Tale of the Cat gelding went off at 36-1 and has lost 8 races in a row. Good luck to them with that and congratulations to Lianna Stables for cutting their losses.


Jessica said...

Those were 10,099 of the happiest people I've seen in a long time -- it really was a fun day at the track.

Great seeing you today!

Anonymous said...

How I wish I could be there.

John C. said...

I got the same feeling today. As I waded through the crowd to get to the rail, I felt a sort of Belmont renaissance occurring! The facilities looked good and there was a genuine camaraderie among the people- I even let a guy use my phone, though I didn't speak his language and he wasn't asking in a very formal way.
Looking for many great times ahead on the upcoming "twilight Friday's"!

Teresa said...

Agree with you and Jess about the atmosphere yesterday--it was sort of day that you want to bring a friend to the races for the first time and say, "See? This is FUN!"

I love that you are Ribaudo's good luck charm--


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