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.

Onward to the Preakness!

May 2, 2013: Impressive Kentucky Derby winner Orb flies around the track a few mornings before his win in the slop at Churchill Downs.

I’m headed to Baltimore for racing at Pimlico on Friday and Saturday. This will be my first Black-Eyed Susan day, but I’ve been to the Preakness for the last few years. Once again, I’m not allowed to take my good camera because of increased security due to the Boston bombings, but at least the weather should be better than the freezing rain we had at the Derby!

Speaking of the Derby, several of the horses that ran in the Derby are also taking a shot at the Preakness. Here’s a look at a few that I spotted on the track while I was at Churchill Downs.

May 2, 2013: Oxbow will get another shot at Orb in the Preakness. It’s interesting to note that while he’s technically a bay, Oxbow’s coat is full of grey hairs that make him look slightly pale in photos.

May 2, 2013: Will Take Charge gallops at Churchill Downs. His half-brother, Take Charge Indy, ran in the 2012 Kentucky Derby.

May 2, 2013: Itsmyluckyday will hopefully have more luck in the Preakness after finishing 15th in the Kentucky Derby. He’s just so lovely!

May 2, 2013: Goldencents is a bright, beautiful son of Into Mischief, but faded to finish 17th in the Derby.