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145th Belmont Stakes Is Today, My Winner Is…….

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The 145th running of the Belmont Stakes is happening later today….WHAT!!! There’s a horse race going on! What horses are in it?  What’s the Belmont drink? I’m not prepared and do I care?

That’s how most of us are sounding today about the race.  That’s what happens when there is no chance for a Triple Crown winner. However, there is money to be won and a drink to prepare.

First is the horses.  The favorite again for the race is the Kentucky Derby winner, Orb.  Orb is going from the 5th post and at last check was a 3-1 favorite.  The Preakness winner, Oxbow is going from the 7th post and is the second odds on favorite at 5-1.

I listened to all the experts before the Preakness and everyone was taking Orb to win.  Orb didn’t even finish in the money.  I’ve decided for this race, I’ll use my own analysis, which is nowhere near expert.  I saw in those races that the winning horse’s name began with O.  There is one other horse in todays field that starts with that letter.  In this case it works on 2 levels.

First, the name starts with O.  Second, the name of the horse is something that most of us do before the race.  We listen to the experts, check the condition of the track, see who the trainers and jockeys are and check their odds.  Meanwhile my daughter, Tara picks a cute name and wins.

So Glenn Pitcher’s winner is…..Overanalyze.  I’m adopting the daughter rule here.  Overanalyze is going from the 3rd post.  At last check it’s odds were 12-1.  It’s a nice payout and it’s a middle of the pack choice.

It’s jockey finished 2nd in the Preakness and won last year’s Belmont Stakes. He also has a similar name to my brother-in-law. Both of their first names are John and their last name begins with a V.  If you ask either of them their last name and they tell you, you then have to ask them to spell it.  The Preakness jockey’s name is John….hold  on I have to look it up…..Velazquez. By the way, I have no idea how to spell my brother-in-laws last name.

Whoops, it looks like I did it anyway. I overanalyzed.  Oh well, anyone that knows me, knows I do that. Remember this advice is worth what you paid for it…nothing.

The drink is Belmont Jewel.  It’s is 1.5 oz Woodford Reserve (Kentucky Bourbon), 2 oz Lemonade and 1 oz Pomegranate Juice.  Shake vigorously with ice and serve in a rocks glass with ice.  Garnish with Red cherry or lemon twist and enjoy.

The 145th Belmont Stake is on NBC 5 beginning at 5 and the race at around 6:35.

 

 

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