The Belmont Trio

May 2, 2013: Palace Malice takes an early morning gallop at Churchill Downs.

Palace Malice, Oxbow, and Orb ran 1-2-3 in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. How can you not love them?!

I didn’t make it to the Belmont this year, though. In fact, I’ve never actually even been to the track. I’ve flown over New York once, does that count? But I did watch the Belmont Stakes on television and was very pleased with the results. The winner, Palace Malice, is a colt from Curlin‘s first crop–and I really loved Curlin. It’s a little ironic that Todd Pletcher trains Palace Malice, since it was Pletcher who denied Curlin a win in the Belmont in 2007 when his filly Rags to Riches won by a neck. That’s okay, though. I’ve forgiven them for beating Curlin… mostly!

It’s also interesting to note that Oxbow and Paynter are both by the stallion Awesome Again out of full sisters to the dual-Classic winner Tiznow. This makes them very closely related, and now they have something else in common: both finished 2nd in the Belmont Stakes (Paynter finished 2nd in 2012 to Union Rags).

I have tons of photos from the other two legs of the Triple Crown. This collection mainly highlights Orb, but that’s just because I saw him everywhere I went at Pimlico!

May 2, 2013: Oxbow at Churchill Downs.

May 18, 2013: Orb heads to the paddock at Pimlico with his exercise rider, Jennifer Patterson.

May 18, 2013: Orb heads to the Pimlico paddock before the Preakness.

May 18, 2013: Orb checks out the other horses at the barn while he gets a post-Preakness bath. The old injury to his nose is quite pronounced.

May 18, 2013: Orb has his legs hosed off after the Preakness.

May 18, 2013: Orb waits impatiently for Alison McGaughey (left) and Barbara Livingston to unwrap his peppermints.

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