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No Triple Chrome But Still A Festive Belmont Day

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Photo: Artwork: Greg Ambrose / Photo: Jeff Mallard


Something happened on the way to the coronation of California Chrome as the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. It’s called history. It seems as if from the time California Chrome crossed the finish line on May 3rd at Churchill Downs, we all put on the rose colored glasses and never took them off until witnessing “CC” run out of gas, to finish in a dead heat for fourth in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes. Let’s face it. Everyone, from the most notable horse racing expert to the novice Chromie, we all got caught up in the hype. Even with vivid memories of each failed Triple Crown attempt, this 56 year old never lets an opportunity for a potential history memory pass without a keepsake…


… for a small donation to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, you got the photographic thrill of riding California Chrome.






























The Chromies arrived early. By 9:00am co-owner Steve Coburn was greeting fans from his front row mezzanine seat waving to all the fans on the grandstand apron below as they tossed him hats, T-shirts, programs and other Chrome souvenirs for him to autograph.


NTRA take note, the horse racing female fan base is growing rapidly. The Chromie Quartet of Sheila Alcala (AZ), Cathy Seviola (MN), Diana Carreon (CA) and DeeAnn Bloom (MN) met when Zenyetta was reeling off victories.  

Showing their allegiance to the CA-bred, Renee George and Nicki Cracknell, members of the WPRA (Women’s Professional Rodeo Association) traveled from all the way from southern California in hopes of witnessing history.




While Nick and Jon Hansen seemed to draw plenty of attention as walking billboards for The Hansen Brothers (wasn’t going to pass up that line) have been to many horse racing venues including the Preakness and Kentucky Derby, sporting the loud attire.

At the end of the day, NYRA, the entire horse racing industry and Breathe Right Nasal Strips benefitted from the possibility of crowning the 12th Triple Crown champion.

What the 102,199 in attendance on Saturday at Belmont Park got was a festive day to celebrate the Sport of Kings.


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I heard a rumor that there was a petition out there to get a new and surprising rider on Chrome. Is this blog confirmation of that rumor? ;-)
  • marylandgq · I cannot confirm nor deny the rumor. Will only say the form looked good, but would have to shed about 65 lbs. to make weight. · 1256 days ago
I think I'd like to see Zipse in one of those loudmouthgolf outfits.
Hey Mary how's it going?
since the rank and file crowd is NOTORIOULSY STUPID, I would not listen to them tell me the time of day.

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  I am the most passionate person on the planet when it comes to thoroughbred horse racing! One sunny summer day in 1964 at Timonium Race Track is where my Dad and mentor introduced me to “The Sport of Kings”. Since that day, I have had the pleasure to visit over 40 different tracks across North America. Though an IT professional by trade, I’ve had a part-time gig with the Maryland Jockey Club since 1988.

here are thousands of rail-birds who claim to be great handicappers. Well, I don’t claim to be the best… just the most passionate and one that won’t tout “chalk”. Like a savvy stock broker, I look for value and often find it. Unlike the talking heads on horse racing television networks and the dozens of websites featuring handicapper’s opinions, I’m ACCOUNTABLE. That is, good or bad, you’ll always know how my previously posted picks performed along with a running record of my BEST BET and LONGSHOT Play of the Day selections for Maryland tracks (Laurel and Pimlico) at TheRacingBiz, see "The GQ Approach".

   In addition to focusing on the Maryland thoroughbred racing circuit, each year I follow the Derby Trail and post “GQ’s Derby Double Dozen” in early February. 

   My personal mission is to rejuvenate interest in thoroughbred horse racing. Being able to share my energy, thoughts and opinions on this sport via HRN will certainly help the cause.


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