Big news this week is that Rags to Riches, champion filly and winner of the Kentucky Oaks (girl horse version of the Derby), will be running against the boys in The Belmont. Only two fillies have ever won the mile-and-a-half Belmont, and only 22 chick horses have ever been entered. Daughter of A.P. Indy (lost Derby, won damn near everything else in 1992), and half-sister to last year's Belmont winner, Jazil, she brings a buzz to the already-strong field of seven. Best quote from my man Todd Pletcher: "Aside from having testicles, she has it all." Curlin, winner of the Preakness, will go off as the favorite at 6-5. Value bet: Tiago.
My bets: boxing Curlin/Tiago/Rags to Riches in some Tri/Exacta combo depending on odds; and Tiago and Rags to Riches across the board.
It's going to be a nice day at Belmont on Saturday - Six (!!) graded stakes races including the Belmont version of the Oaks, the Acorn, now moved to Saturday; It won't the madhouse it is when there's a Triple Crown at stake, with attendance cut in half to about 60,000; The weather is predicted to be gorgeous; And we have my favorite clubhouse seats just past the finish line where I will, once again, make an attempt to become the third, younger, wife of a 65-year old man who owns horses. Although I'm sure I am already too old, and surely lack the trashy blonde hair and fake tits needed for that role.
Someone who is way funnier than me has a great preview here.