Belmont Stakes Live Thread
Horse Racing, BCS

It's Time To Once Again Pretend That Horse Racing Matters [Belmont Stakes Live Thread]

6/6/09 in Horse Racing   |   Pat   |   5229 respect


Personally, I hate the fact that for 3 days out of the year, people pretend that horse racing is even remotely relevant. For that reason, I hate all 3 of the Triple Crown races, including the Belmont Stakes, which you can watch on ABC at 5:00 pm EST. Ironically, it's right after a WNBA game. I'll leave it at that, but I'm sure you could think of about 100 different directions I could go with that one.

Regardless, I will recognize the fact that some people enjoy this stuff, and grace you all with a live thread, in the event that you would like to talk about this minute long running of a few horses that will never be relevant again, unless you work for a dog food company or Elmer's glue.

Mine That Bird (pictured above, sticking his tongue out at you) is the favorite, at 2-1. Here's the full list, for those of you who are interested.

Enjoy the races, everyone!
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6/8/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

robmar_1 wrote:
Gambling is NOT what horses racing is about; it's a part of it however, unlike football and baseball where humans are depicted as the hero's of many, horse racing has it's beauty and grace along side the gambling part. Been in Horse racing for 44 yrs +, done it all and again there's more to it than just betting and getting drunk at the track

Yep, there are the hats too. Can't forget the hats!

6/8/09   |   robmar_1

Gambling is NOT what horses racing is about; it's a part of it however, unlike football and baseball where humans are depicted as the hero's of many, horse racing has it's beauty and grace along side the gambling part. Been in Horse racing for 44 yrs +, done it all and again there's more to it than just betting and getting drunk at the track

6/8/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

BluDevil wrote:
True enough. Look, I like horse racing, what can I say? I think it's a lot of fun to bet on the races and what the hell, it's only a couple of minutes out of your sports life every year..... and it's different, shakes things up. I mean, I'd rather watch this than NASCAR or NHL.

to be honest - I enjoy horse racing in person...but that is the gambling coming out in me. I don't know if I could sit in front of a TV and watch it w/o having some sort of stake in it. 

6/8/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

Pat wrote:
Innovative. Genius. Incredible.

 you have to find ways to pass the time ;) (thanks)

6/6/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Pat wrote:
Out of curiosity, where will you continue to root for him? That's a serious question, because I don't know what horses do after their Triple Crown career is over. And I honestly don't think that 99% of Americans know (or care) either.
(Edited by BluDevil)

Usually the triple crown races are for three year olds, but when the horses are four (or older) they run in a lot of different races, like the Massachusetts Handicap, the Excelsior Breeders Cup Handicap, the Saratoga Breeders Cup Handicap, Surburban Handicap, Jockey Club Gold Cup, the Whitney Stakes, the Kings Point Handicap, Dominion Day Stakes, the Canidian International, the Woodward Stakes and the Wadsworth Memorial Handicap.

But of course, if a horse has already made a lot of money and can go out and stud then they won't run all those post-triple crown races. Not to mention the tons and tons of foreign races that they can run too.

6/6/09   |   annilee60   |   47 respect

Pat wrote:
Out of curiosity, where will you continue to root for him? That's a serious question, because I don't know what horses do after their Triple Crown career is over. And I honestly don't think that 99% of Americans know (or care) either.

 I am an avid horse racing fan and just like most athletes after a championship game, world series,  horses resume racing after the triple crown.  I could care less whether Americans care or not.  I know that when I attend the racing tracks I am not the only spectator.  I don't like NASCAR AT ALL, however I don't slight the fan that does.

6/6/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

annilee60 wrote:
I think he has done an outstanding job (MTB) and will continue to root for him, Imma fan!  I did so want this form him and for Calvin...however I think the horse has a lotta heart.

Out of curiosity, where will you continue to root for him? That's a serious question, because I don't know what horses do after their Triple Crown career is over. And I honestly don't think that 99% of Americans know (or care) either.

6/6/09   |   annilee60   |   47 respect

and yes horse racing is revelant!!!! 

6/6/09   |   annilee60   |   47 respect

I think he has done an outstanding job (MTB) and will continue to root for him, Imma fan!  I did so want this form him and for Calvin...however I think the horse has a lotta heart.

6/6/09   |   annilee60   |   47 respect

I agree, Calvin used him way too early

6/6/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Well, a horse that cost about 9k and was a huge long shot goes 1-2-3 in three triple crown races... not too shabby.

6/6/09   |   annilee60   |   47 respect

Mine that Bird!!!!!!  Did not win!
I wanted it so badly for him 

6/6/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Do I win 1/2 my money because I at least got the Bird part right?

6/6/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

MTB went for it too early, burned out down the stretch.

6/6/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

He being MTB.

6/6/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

He went too early.

6/6/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Should be any minute now!

6/6/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Chief_aka_James wrote:
Question: when is the actual race going to start? I really hate watching this stuff beforehand, but don't want to miss the race itself.. 

6:25ish eastern.

6/6/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

Question: when is the actual race going to start? I really hate watching this stuff beforehand, but don't want to miss the race itself.. 

6/6/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

I like horse racing, just the 2+ minutes, not the 5 hours surrounding it...and I don't even bet on it.

6/6/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

I'm taking MTB, Miner's Escape and Lov Guv. Box 'em up in a trifecta and see what happens.

6/6/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

drn0iswatr wrote:
hell - I drink beer and gamble on which neighborhood kid can run around the cul de sac the fastest. I don't need sports. ;)

Innovative. Genius. Incredible.

6/6/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

drn0iswatr wrote:
hell - I drink beer and gamble on which neighborhood kid can run around the cul de sac the fastest. I don't need sports. ;)

True enough. Look, I like horse racing, what can I say? I think it's a lot of fun to bet on the races and what the hell, it's only a couple of minutes out of your sports life every year..... and it's different, shakes things up. I mean, I'd rather watch this than NASCAR or NHL.

6/6/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

Pat wrote:
Psssst... you can bet on every single sporting event in the world. And drinking... that's a rather versatile activity as well. Trust me... I know.

hell - I drink beer and gamble on which neighborhood kid can run around the cul de sac the fastest. I don't need sports. ;)

6/6/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

BluDevil wrote:
Come on, it's three times a year and it's a worthy excuse to both gamble and drink. That makes it fun in my book, and worth watching.

Is it "relevant"  to the national sporting conscious? I'd have to say no. But is it still a fun time to go lay down some $$$ on a quinella and to have a beer or three? Absolutely.

I'd like to see MTB win it today, but it is such a long race that something weird is bound to happen.

Psssst... you can bet on every single sporting event in the world. And drinking... that's a rather versatile activity as well. Trust me... I know.

6/6/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Come on, it's three times a year and it's a worthy excuse to both gamble and drink. That makes it fun in my book, and worth watching.

Is it "relevant"  to the national sporting conscious? I'd have to say no. But is it still a fun time to go lay down some $$$ on a quinella and to have a beer or three? Absolutely.

I'd like to see MTB win it today, but it is such a long race that something weird is bound to happen.