The Jewel In The Crown? *Weekend Open Thread*


AP StandingThis is it. Finally, this is the day we find out if we have a Triple Crown winner in American Pharoah. Thank HEAVENS our flight time was changed so that we will actually be home in time to watch the running of the 147th Belmont Stakes. SO excited about it. I sure hope American Pharoah does it – it would be wonderful to have a Triple Crown winner after 37 years (Affirmed was the last Triple Crown winner in 1978). (Photo Credit:

Of note, this is the third time jockey Victor Espinoza has had at the Triple Crown. And as this USA Today article notes, Espinoza is hoping the “third time is the charm”:

[…] For the third time overall – and second year in a row – Espinoza will head to Belmont Park with a chance to win the Triple Crown, something no jockey in history has done more often.

It’s a record the 42-year-old native of Mexico can hardly believe, especially given that he was a relative newcomer to major stakes races when he went through it the first time on War Emblem in 2002.

But after losing a shot at that Triple Crown when War Emblem stumbled at the start of the Belmont and then riding California Chrome to a disappointing fourth-place finish last year, Espinoza hopes the third time will be the charm with American Pharoah, who powered through torrential rains and a sloppy track in Saturday’s Preakness and won by seven lengths.

“He did it pretty easy,” Espinoza said. “I didn’t have to ride him that hard. I had to encourage him out of the gate because I wanted to get out of that mess in there. It seemed he was good after the race. He looks pretty good. But it’s not easy, and I am not thinking about (the Belmont) right now. I’m just having fun.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

American Pharoah It was total slop on the field after a sudden, torrential downpour, so I am not surprised that Espinoza had to encourage him out of the gate. But American Pharoah went to the lead and stayed there from beginning to the exciting end. Heck, American Pharoah won by a few lengths, so it wasn’t close for first (more so for the other positions). It was quite the race on such a wet, wet track. Hopefully, the Belmont will be a fast track.(Photo:

Naturally, American Pharoah won’t be the only horse racing in the Belmont. There will be quite a few other really good horses running, including some who have had more time off as this Guardian LV article highlights:

[…] American Pharoah is seen by private clocker Gary Young as the best horse he has ever seen in 35 years, as told to the communications department of Churchill Downs. He compared the colt to Michael Jordan and how he stays in the air. AP does that longer than any horse.


Another Belmont probable from trainer Todd Pletcher is Carpe Diem. He ran 10th in Kentucky race and skipped Preakness 2015 since co-owner WinStar Farm said he is “50-50.” With some wins in his name, he probably might be running along Pharoah at Belmont Park.

Conquest Curlinate is heading to the June 6 race as well, and one of Pharoah’s possible contenders at Belmont. Though not a Triple Crown nominee, nor a racer in neither Derby nor Preakness, trainer Mark Casse said he is a tough horse for this year’s Belmont Stakes.

Another Preakness 2015 winner AP’s possible contender at Belmont is Frammento. Pharoah ran along with Frammento at Kentucky, where the latter ran 11th place. As he can run all day, trainer Nick Zito said, Frammento looks like a Belmont horse. Zito won Belmont in 2004 and 2008 with Birdstone and Da’Tara.

Kentucky fourth-place runner Frosted may not be the most dynamic gray colt, but he managed to take his spot at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville despite some issues, such as, being taken by Joel Rosario five wide around the far turn. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin from New Work sees Frosted as a project, but his best race may be just ahead. He was not in Preakness 2015, and the Wood Memorial champion can be more than ready for Belmont. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Frosted – oh, he is such a beautiful gray horse. I like him a lot as you might recall from my Kentucky Derby post. A Bleacher Report writer thinks Frosted is going to win it, at least as of this writing.

You just never know what is going to happen in horse racing. To achieve the Triple Crown is quite the feat, and not an easy one to obtain. Our beloved California Chrome failed last year. But you never know – this could be the year. I’m just glad I will be able to watch the running of the Belmont Stakes as it happens.

I imagine some things have been going on while I was out of the country (!). For those of you who could care less about the Triple Crown, or horse racing, or even if you do, now it’s your turn to weigh in. This is your Weekend Open Thread!


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62 Responses to “The Jewel In The Crown? *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. foxyladi14 Says:

    Welcome home Amy.
    I am so excited about the race. 😀

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks, Foxy! I am in Miami right now, but will be home in time for the race. I am excited, too – cannot wait!

      Sent from AOL Mobile Mail

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Sorry but I just am not into horse racing. In spite of my love for horses and the fact that I’ve owned and ridden them all my life the racing never caught my interest. Horse Shows, yes, horse racing, no.

    But for all that I hope your horse wins Amy.

    For me, as always, it’s back to politics and/or cartoons.

    Of all the arrogant things Obama has said, and there have been many, for him to claim he is the closest thing to a Jew to ever be president is among the worst.

    Barack Obama: Born-Again Jew By Daniel Greenfield

    Obama introduced himself to the nation as the son of black and white parents. He has gone back and forth between Christianity and Islam like a philanderer in a bar.

    Now he has added a third religion and race to complete his identity politics trinity.

    At the last White House Chanukah dinner, he claimed to have a Jewish soul. At a synagogue speech last month, he called himself “an honorary member of the tribe”. Now his former senior advisor has quoted him as saying, “I think I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office.”

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I understand, Marge, and I appreciate that. I like them both!

      And yeah, can you BELIEVE Obama said that??? He is truly, truly delusional. WOW.

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Can’t forget my cartoons either…

  4. foxyladi14 Says:


  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    SPOILER ALERT – if you don’t want to know who won yet, stop reading NOW.

    AMERICAN PHAROAH is the first Triple Crown Winner in almost forty years! AND, my other favorite, Frosted, came in Second!


  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    And since I spent so much time traveling today, I have to share this cartoon with you:

  7. cindyindie Says:

  8. cindyindie Says:

    Cuzin—Wahooo!!!—–Isn’t this great?! I know y’all are so happy—Welcome home!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It was a FANTASTIC race, with AP pretty much leading wire to wire, winning by over 5 lengths. What a RACE!

  9. HELENK3 Says:

    can you believe this

    Dan Pfeiffer @danpfeiffer

    Another accomplishment — Obama first President to have a Triple Crown winner since Carter

    Myiq2xu @realmyiq2xu2

    @danpfeiffer Obama had nothing to do with it, but thanks for playing.

  10. HELENK3 Says:

    thought you would like this

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    An answer to why the TSA gets such low marks on our security:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, yes – that abt says it all!

      Though this one, that I tried to have show up above really nails the entire TSA mindset from Daily Signal:


  12. kenoshamarge Says:

    Derek Hunter wonders why the media is obsessed with the size of the GOP field and so uninterested in the miniscule and weak Dem field. We all know why. Their bias is so obvious that anyone with any class would be embarrassed. They aren’t and so…

    The Cream Of The Crop

    Mainstream media has expended much ink over the size and varying quality of the Republican presidential field, and in some respects this is correct. There are a lot of Republicans running, and some are less ready for primetime than others. That happens every election cycle.

    Less questioned and less covered is the weakness of the Democratic field. But the clown car of candidates shaping up on the left is everything you’d expect from a party floundering after a leader who, to borrow one of his favorite phrases, drove his party into the ditch.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That is an EXCELLENT question, why indeed? I think he nailed it in his answer – if they focus on tearing down the Reps, it doesn’t matter HOW weak the Dem field is. They will prop it up anyway, of course, but yeah – what they want to ignore is how RICH that large field is. There are any number of good candidates in the running, IMO.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        There are a few that I would not have any trouble voting for without holding my nose. Walker and Rubio are two although I still do not trust Rubio on immigration.

        What I will be totally, off the wall, pissed off about is if the POS windbag Donald Trump gets into the televised debates and Carly Fiorina does not.

        It seems both Walker and Rubio did well in Iowa while Huckabee did not. I like Huckabee but cannot understand why he would get back into a race he must know he hasn’t a snowball’s chance of winning. Is it all ego? It seems he left a very popular television show to go back on the campaign trail and be virtually ignored. Even by people that previously supported him.

        Walker Draws a Crowd at Earnst’s Iowa Event 


        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I agree completely, Marge. I would LOVE for Walker to be at the top of the ticket, and I think Rubio would be a good VP choice for him. Fiorina would be great on the ticket, too.

          I agree, too, abt Trump v. Fiorina. I would far prefer hearing what SHE has to say to what HE has to say any day of the week.

          I don’t get it with Huckabee, either. Maybe he is hoping for some Cabinet position or something…

  13. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    The NY Times has just completely lost its mind. The Tweets included here are pretty darn good:

  14. HELENK3 Says:

    one of the most important days of the year

  15. HELENK3 Says:

    some good pictures here. I love the plane

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Those are fantastic shots. I love AP’s pony, Smokey, too. Isn’t he so cute? What a little character. And he is not intimidated at ALL by his very famous friend, AP!

      Thanks for this!

  16. HELENK3 Says:

    do you have to be a designated idiot to work for the US state dept?

  17. HELENK3 Says:

    police practicing defensive medicine?

  18. HELENK3 Says:

    Scott Walker does not wear mom jeans when riding his bike

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      No he does not! Walker is better than Obama in every way except for race-baiting and blaming others for everything he does. That is to say, Walker is a leader; Obama is not.

  19. HELENK3 Says:

    here is backtrack’s trifecta

  20. HELENK3 Says:

    the self appointed, who put them in charge of free speech? good question.

  21. HELENK3 Says:

    something to smile about

  22. HELENK3 Says:

    is there anything that the backtrack bunch and the obots that lick there feet do not lie about?

    • HELENK3 Says:

      their feet

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I am gonna go with NO. I just SMH in disgust when I saw this the other day. But you know that people aren’t going to care that she had announced for all the world to see abt the PRIVATE insurance she had. They will just go on believing the ad because that is what they WANT to believe…

  23. HELENK3 Says:

    here we go again.

    did Baltimore get the 20million they wanted for the cleanup from the last riot?

    • HELENK3 Says:

      Update: Suspect in Baltimore, Md., police-involved shooting was shot in the face and is being treated at a local hospital – @cbsbaltimore

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, boy. Well, it seems this guy was uncooperative, too, AND armed, so there is that…

      And hey, considering the escalation in crime in Baltimore these days, the assaults on the force from their Administration and the the Feds, they should thank their lucky stars that the police are still on duty there at all.

  24. HELENK3 Says:

    I am surprised that this guy has not been called to the Vatican for a “come to Jesus talk.”

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I am sure you remember when Obama was running in 2008 and all of the nefarious characters with whom he associated, including this priest and his good buddy, a state legislator and minister who routinely preached against gays – James Meeks, were completely ignored by the MSM. Pflegler seems to be a REAL nutjob, but he is on the Left, so I guess that protects him. Just stunning.

  25. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Suzy showed me an article abt Victor Espinoza on Facebook while we were at the South Carolina Stingraysmgame tonight (game 4 of the ECHL Kelly Cup). Get this – he is donating his winnings from the Belmont Stakes to City of hope. He usually donates 10%, but it seems he is donating it all this time. That is amazing, and says a lot abt him as a person.

    And Bob Baffert and his wife are donating $150,000 to 3 different thoroughbred organizations, including my beloved Old Friends Equine Retirement. How cool is that? (A link will follow when I am at my computer.)

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