As the countdown to I’ll Have Another’s effort to secure the Triple Crown begins, intrepid filmmaker Jeff Krulik mines the archives once again for some great Belmont newsreels from the 1950s and 1960s. Some Triple Crown near-misses are here, including those of Native Dancer, Tim Tam, and Carry Back. But it’s a couple of the other details that grabbed my attention:
- that the announcer calls both the ’57 and ’58 winners the first Irish-bred Belmont winners;
- some neat shots of the grandstand at the old Belmont Park, before the 1960s renovation; and
- that a couple of these Belmonts were run at Aqueduct, while Belmont was under construction.
On another note, by dint of its unusual distance (and in spite of often short fields), the Belmont often provides some great wagering opportunities. Click the link to get more info on Belmont Stakes betting.