June 6, 2004

Blow Smarty Blow!

POST #    1087

Yesterday, I organized a bunch of people to take a trip to Belmont Racetrack for a fun filled day of horse-racing action. Of course, the big event was the Belmont Stakes, which had Smarty Jones vying for the first Triple Crown in 26 years.

We got a later start that I had hoped, leaving midtown at 9 a.m., with stops at Costco for food and another stop for beer. After hitting some traffic, we finally parked the car at made it to the track. First beer - 11:30. I didn't have too much to drink because I was being the "responsible adult", renting the van, driving people to the racetrack, and generally being the "mastermind" behind the whole operation. Yes, responsible adult, brining people to the racetrack where they would wager their hard-earned money and ingest many, many libations.

More than eight hours later, we finally left the track, with most of us down money and slightly intoxicated. Thankfully, mother nature held off, providing the record Belmont crowd with decent weather to witness a disappointing 136th running of the Belmont Stakes. Birdstone came out of nowhere to defeat the 1/5 favorite, Smarty Jones in the "Test of the Champion."

Posted by tien mao in Sports at 6:20 PM



thanks for organizing and driving tien. i can't really believe how many beers i drank yesterday--good thing i developed by betting strategy ("leopard") while still sober...

Posted by: katie at June 6, 2004 11:27 PM

I was about 100 feet from you according to you gate-loading picture. This was my 6th Triple Crown almost in 8 years...That last picture is a nice representation of how the crowd looked after the race was over.

Posted by: Jeff at June 7, 2004 8:52 AM

sure thing katie...it was all a lot of fun. nothing quite like buying 72 beers and having them finished.

jeff, i've gone several times to the belmont as well. last year and a few times before that as well.

for those interested, here are some more photos that didn't make the site...but are quite humorous.

Posted by: tien at June 7, 2004 11:18 AM

Best "job" I ever had was working as an usher at the Belmont Stakes one year. My mother's friend ran a temp agency, so she put all her friends' kids in the expensive sections. These drunk-ass fools would tip us $50 for showing them to their seats. We made a ton, got to bet, got to hang out in the jockey lounge, and got to be outside. Too bad this "job" only lasted one day....

Posted by: saltydog at June 7, 2004 12:10 PM

saltydog, that sounds like a great job. i would do that now!

Posted by: tien at June 7, 2004 4:48 PM

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