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Jun 04 2012

Monday Movie: Belmont Newsreels

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.

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  1. @jeffkrulik

    Belmont Newsreels 1953-1966. Big races, big crowds, big fun! See you on Saturday at the windows http://t.co/yvnNKNhV

  2. (@turfbloggers) (@turfbloggers)

    Monday movie from @ThatsAmoreStabl features classic Belmont clips, calls from 1950s, 1960s http://t.co/JO3If0sz

  3. @Cindy_Bledsoe

    @SagamoreRacing RT @ThatsAmoreStabl great old Belmont video newsreels of 50s & 60s! Native Dancer & other near-misses! http://t.co/5eNFdGdP

  4. Bill Daly

    Thanks to Jeff Krulik for uncovering these gems! The announcer {Ed Herlihy} did a lot of voice overs in those days in the early days of TV. It is amusing that he identified both winners in succesive years as the first Irish horse to win the Belmont. He definitely needed a good editor. Lots of fun to see these newsreels though. A real treat!

  5. admin

    Thanks for checking in, Bill, and for sharing a bit of info about Herlihy!

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