Wow, what an amazing five weeks since the Derby. It seems like five days ago we were eating White Castle hamburgers in the Aloft Hotel after Always Dreaming won.
As happens every year, the composition of the Belmont field is entirely different (save two horses) from the 20 horses that loaded up into the Kentucky Derby gate on the first Saturday in May.
I had dinner the other night at Don Pepe’s – the famous Italian restaurant outside the Aqueduct gate and one of the best restaurants in NYC. Here’s a tip – ask the owner about his bird racing operation. 20 minutes later your eyes will be glazed over, but you may get dessert and a glass of wine – on the house.
Dallas Stewart joined us at Don Pepe’s. He’s running Hollywood Handsome in the Belmont. Here’s another tip — don’t leave Dallas’ horse off your exotics. He’s done it before, and he might do it again this weekend. It’s simply awesome to be around a person so excited and passionate about what he does for a living – that’s Dallas.
Here’s an assignment for you — tell a friend or business associate about our great game. Invite them to the races this summer. Together we’ll make this game better!