A day at Belmont Park

On Saturday September 28, 2013, Jockey Gold Cup Day, I had one of the most memorable days of my life.  I was finally able to meet and spend time with new friends, Tom, Jenna and Lisa.  I met Rudy Rodriguez and I saws others trainers at work like Todd Pletcher,  Chad Brown, Shug and many more.  In addition, I saw many spectacular Jockeys in the Paddock... Lezcano, Maragh, Bravo, Castellano, Ortiz Jr. , Smith, Prado, Garcia and so many more. What really made my day was getting to shake hands and talked with one of my favorite jockeys of all time, John V Velazquez. 

I was able to see Grade 1 caliber horses such as Princess of Sylmar, Royal Delta, Greydar, Hymn Book, Justin Philips, Private Zone, Jackson Bend, Laughing, Little Mike, Orb, Ron the Greek, Alpha, Flat Out, Cross Traffic and many more. Seeing Royal Delta for the first time, put me in a state of awe. She is simply beautiful, absolutely breath-taking. She portrayed herself like the  G1 horse that she is.  I just loved the way she carried herself.  In the Beldame, I was confident Royal Delta was going to run away with the race because Princess of Sylmar appeared so calm. She did not flicker an ear or even prance around like her foe, Royal Delta.  What I didn't realize was that it was the calm before the storm. During the race, The Princess was ridden beautifully by Javier as they settled about 4 lengths back, just stalking Royal Delta.  As the field turned for home, I saw The Princess sneaking up alongside Royal Delta and at that point, I was jumping for joy for the younger and smaller filly.  She was magnificent in her win. After the race, I just couldn't help but notice how the filly had suddenly transformed.  She had that raw look of a Champion. I do hope that this is not the last time both of them do battle against each other and I’m pretty sure Royal Delta is going to have something to say about that loss.  It just wasn't her day.
Prior to the JCGC Invitational, I was able to come eye to eye with all the contenders in the paddock and they all carried themselves like G1 horses. They all looked fantastic. However, the day's end is bitter sweet for me as my beloved Orb failed to cross the finish line first, but I was able to witness an incredible show by Ron the Greek.  Orb didn't run his true race but I still love him and hope he comes back stronger and better as a four year old. 

I just want to give a special thanks to Tom Mallios for making this day happen.  It was a pleasure meeting him and also Jenna and Lisa. I took so many pictures throughout the day and would like to share them with all the horse racing fans at HRN.  Click on the below link to view the pictures.




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Sounds good.
No,indirectly. Lisa bought him French Fries.One day late when we are on,i will tell you. His face lit up like a xmas tree.
Well, was he at least buying an order of chili nachos and a cup of pickle juice?
Private joke.to long to explain.But very funny.
I'm afraid I'm unaware of Mr. Belmont. Who is it?
Almost as thrilling as meeting Mr. Belmont himself at the concession stand of all places(lol)
That's great that you got to be that close to him. Must've been pretty thrilling.
I think I took 200 pictures of him. He was looking so good the entire time until they had a problem with his saddle. I was right next to him, shooting away and you could see he was getting pissed. He was shaking and then I knew, it wasn't going to happen for him. Hes such a little guy, so sweet.
That's awesome, tom.
Jay, i told Lisa that when he was parading in the paddock area ,before being saddled.Lisa and i were away from the crowd.When Jackson made the turn,he looked directly at her,I still swear he winked at Lisa.
I bet Lisa. What a great day to be at the track. Is it true you put in your very own 9f work chasing Jackson Bend around the paddock? :)
Well Jay, it wouldnt be Jackson Bends!!! (But I still love him anyway!) I guess seeing The Princess do her thing against Royal Delta, one of the greatest filly's around, I must say, that was impressive. Seeing the two before the race, I could have dropped every dollar I had on just the looks of Royal Delta. Seeing that little one flying down the stretch past Delta was surreal.
Lisa, now that you've had time to reflect, which horse performance were you most impressed with?
Sword, again, magnificent photos. Serious talent. I'm thinking you ditch the computers and stick with photography. Only one thing bad with the day, that Sullivan saw us and didnt say hello. I would have liked to have met him.
Sounds like you had an amazing day! The photos are great as well. Thank you for sharing them all with us.
Yes, it was a fantastic day. Perfect weather and a lot of G1 horses.
Sounds and looks like you had quite the day!
Oh Wow...I didn't think that HRN will publish my article and that is why I post it in a thread.

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