Rocket Fuel
Ultimate 48 Sweepstakes
Please provide a valid email address.
Close

Blog - EVENTS/TRAVEL

Ponies used to lead horses on the track have been dressed up to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure also (Photos courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire).

Horse racing has always been a sport synonymous with Saturdays.

The vast majority of the sport’s major stakes are contested on Saturday, including its gems, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Sundays have usually been the second-best option for a quality day of racing, but in recent times Fridays have carved out a small but colorful foothold in the landscape.

The Kentucky Oaks, on the day before the Kentucky Derby, has been a Friday fixture for racing fans in Bluegrass country for decades, but now there’s also a second day of Breeders’ Cup races that begin the two-day slate on a Friday.

Saratoga and Keeneland also open their popular meets on a Friday.

Pimlico, too, has done its best to make Fridays popular in racing circles for being something other than the mundane day before Saturday.

Friday Inside 2

This year, on Preakness eve, Pimlico put together an outstanding card of racing that would eclipse most track’s Saturday fare.

The 13-race card was themed Black-Eyed Susan day and served to heighten awareness for breast cancer research by benefitting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure fund as the traditional Preakness colors of yellow and black gave way to pink.

The day’s events featured an infield concert with the Goo Goo Dolls, a flyover, and appearances by the Red Bull Air Force Paramotor team and the Budweiser Clydesdales.

Friday Inside 1

There was also a jockey challenge, featuring four male and four female riders, and a Lady Legends race for former riders like Barbara Jo Rubin, P.J. Cooksey and Zoe Cadman, who is a now an HRTV analyst.

The stakes package was highlighted by the $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan, which was headed by Grade 1 winner Emollient and Fiftyshadesofhay, and also included the $300,000 Pimlico Special with Eighttofasttocatch and the 8-year-old Richard’s Kid.

There were five other stakes on an outstanding card of racing, all of which served as a perfect lead-in to the excitement of Saturday’s main event at the Old Hilltop.

Friday Inside 3

With Pimlico and Churchill Downs both packaging two days of Triple Crown fun, perhaps Belmont Park will take note and join in one day by beefing  up its Belmont Stakes eve program. Belmont will offer two stakes on the day before this year’s “Test of the Champion,” but there’s much more that can be done to bring people out to the races on a day more commonly associated with events like high school football.

For proof, just take a look at all of the fun that took place at Pimlico, not just on Preakness Day but the day before it as well – on a Friday.

Image Description

Bob Ehalt

Bob Ehalt has been an avid fan of Thoroughbred racing since that day in June of 1971 when he and his father walked from their Queens Village, N.Y., home to Belmont Park to see Canonero II fall short in his bid for the Triple Crown. A veteran sports writer and correspondent for Thoroughbred Times magazine, Bob has covered horse racing for more than 20 years and has won three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest for his coverage of the sport.

Now working at the New Haven Register in Connecticut, Bob has also owned Thoroughbreds since 1995 and was a member of the syndicate that raced Tale of the Cat. He also writes a racing blog for ESPNNewYork.com and is the co-founder of the New York Hot List handicapping service, which is offered at InterBets.com.

His NTRA.com blog received first-place honors in the 2008-09 Breeders' Cup Media Awards, winning in the initial year of competition in the Social Media category.  You can follow him on Twitter at @BobEhalt

 

Image Description

Bob Ehalt

Bob Ehalt has been an avid fan of Thoroughbred racing since that day in June of 1971 when he and his father walked from their Queens Village, N.Y., home to Belmont Park to see Canonero II fall short in his bid for the Triple Crown. A veteran sports writer and correspondent for Thoroughbred Times magazine, Bob has covered horse racing for more than 20 years and has won three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest for his coverage of the sport.

Now working at the New Haven Register in Connecticut, Bob has also owned Thoroughbreds since 1995 and was a member of the syndicate that raced Tale of the Cat. He also writes a racing blog for ESPNNewYork.com and is the co-founder of the New York Hot List handicapping service, which is offered at InterBets.com.

His NTRA.com blog received first-place honors in the 2008-09 Breeders' Cup Media Awards, winning in the initial year of competition in the Social Media category.  You can follow him on Twitter at @BobEhalt

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Sponsors & Partners

  • FoxSports1
  • NBC Sports
  • Logo 6
  • Saratoga
  • Santa Anita
  • CBS Sports
  • Monmouth
  • Keeneland
  • Gulfstream Park
  • Del Mar
  • Belmont Park
  • Arlington Park
  • OwnerView