Even people who know very little about horses have heard about California Chrome, the three-year-old Thoroughbred racehorse whose owners invested just $10,000 for this horse, who has earned millions of dollars and America’s heart.
Chrome is the favorite to win The Belmont Stakes horse race this Saturday, which would make him the first Thoroughbred to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed, in 1978!
The Belmont Stakes airs Saturday, June 7 at 6:35 on NBC. California Chrome’s attempt to win the third jewel in the Triple Crown is sure to spur larger viewing audiences than usual, so we’ve compiled some Triple Crown Trivia to help you with your horse conversation this weekend:
- The oldest of the Triple Crown races, The Belmont Stakes was first run on June 19, 1867, and was won by a filly (female horse) named Ruthless. The winner’s purse was $1,850.
- At the time of this post, the 2014 purse is the largest ever, at $1.5 million (which will be divided among the first eight horses to finish). The winner of the Belmont will receive $800,000!
- At 1 ½ miles, The Belmont is also the longest of the three races.
- Only 11 horses have won all three races of the Triple Crown. The first was Sir Barton, in 1919.
- In 1973, Secretariat became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years (Citation won in 1948).
- Penny Chenery, who owned Secretariat, feels so strongly about California Chrome’s chances, she has traveled from her home in Colorado to be in the stands at The Belmont on Saturday. Chenery is 92 years old.
- It has been 36 years since Affirmed won the Triple Crown, in 1978.
- Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed (1978) represent the only time the Triple Crown was achieved in consecutive-years.
- The winning horse in each race is draped with a blanket of flowers in the Winner’s Circle. The blanket for the Kentucky Derby is roses (thus “The Run for the Roses”); for the Preakness Stakes, it is Maryland’s state flower, the Black-Eyed Susan; and for Belmont, it is Carnations.
- Each race has its “official cocktail.” The Kentucky Derby’s is the Mint Julep; Preakness is the Black-Eyed Susan Bourbon Cocktail; and at Belmont, aficionados drink The Belmont Breeze (see recipe, below).
1 1/2 ounces of a good American blended whiskey
3/4 ounces Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry
1/2 ounce of fresh lemon juice
1 ounce of simple syrup
(1 ounce of sweet and sour mix may be substituted for the lemon juice and simple syrup)
1 1/2 ounces fresh orange juice
1 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
1 ounce 7-Up
1 ounce Club Soda
Shake first six ingredients with ice, then top with 7-Up and club soda. Garnish with mint sprig and lemon wedge.
Each Windsong community makes it easy and enjoyable to host sports viewing parties and other events. Whether you host a gathering at the Community Clubhouse, or invite guests to your home, there is ample space to gather, dine, and entertain; and gentle breezes this time of year invite the opportunity to move the big screen to the courtyard as well.
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