Oh, Right. There's A Horse Race This Weekend. [Belmont Stakes Preview]
Yes, I know the Belmont isn't nearly as exciting as it would be if Mine That Bird were looking at a potential Triple Crown, but that's the way it goes sometimes. On the flip side, jockey Calvin Borel is looking at a jockey Triple Crown. That's sort of cool, right?
Ok, maybe not, but still, it's pretty interesting. Borel, as you know, guided 50-1 longshot Mine That Bird to a stunning victory in the Kentucky Derby. Borel then ditched Mine That Bird in the Preakness to ride the filly Rachel Alexandra, who won. Mine That Bird finished second in the Preakness with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith aboard. Now, Borel returns to ride Mine That Bird at the Belmont, where, you guessed it, Mine That Bird is the favorite.
If Mine That Bird wins the Belmont, I know some people will be eternally pissed that Rachel Alexandra screwed things up by racing in only the Preakness and winning it. I admit it makes me pissed too, but let's face it, you want a Triple Crown winner to be the best of the best, and at least for the Preakness, Mine That Bird wasn't. A Triple Crown winner should beat whoever is placed in line to challenge him, even if it's just for one race.
Anyway, enough of my ranting, let's get the odds.
Mine That Bird [7/5]
Charitable Man [3/1]
Chocolate Candy [12/1]
Summer Bird [12/1]
Flying Private [15/1]
Mr. Hot Stuff [15/1]
Brave Victory [20/1]
Miners Escape [20/1]
Luv Gov [25/1]
As usual, it's a small field, since the Belmont is the longest and most grueling of the Triple Crown races.
By the way, in honor of the Belmont, I might as well run the video of Secretariat kicking major ass at the 1973 Belmont, when he won by 31 lengths.
Just as a final note, Secretariat was #35 on ESPN's 100 greatest athletes of the 20th century. He beat Pete Sampras on personality alone.