Friday morning quick picks

Be warned: this whole post is rather a series of promotions; charitably, one could also characterize them as news.

I’ve been invited to be a guest on the Homer Fink Show on internet radio today at 4:00, to talk about the Belmont Stakes, the state of racing in New York, and other racing issues. You can find here info about listening and calling in.

In other self-promotional news, my latest post at the Belmont Stakes site is up, this one about Afleet Alex’s road to the 2005 Belmont. I’d seen him at Saratoga as a two-year-old, and he’s the reason that I started following racing year-round.

As noted in The Blood-Horse, the Hello Race Fans ad network has launched. It’s the brainchild of Dana Byerly of Green but Game and partner Adam Wiener, and you’ll see HRF ads to the right. In addition to advertising for various racing entities, including West Point Thoroughbreds and the Breeders’ Cup, HRF provides free ad space to racing non-profits. So support the sponsors of Brooklyn Backstretch and give our advertisers a shot by clicking if you’re interested. Stay tuned for the launching of the Hello Race Fans website later this year, which will focus on fan education for folks new to racing.

A new racing blog was recently launched by veteran turf writer Richie Rosenblatt; check out The Wrong Horse for recent posts on a nightmare trip back to New York from the Preakness and a close encounter with Judy Collins at Belmont last weekend. Rosenblatt’s wife Jenny also writes about racing and last fall launched her own site, On the Lead. Does this make them the first turf writing blogging couple?

Finally, don’t forget about the Brooklyn Backstretch charity attendance guessing contest (scroll to the bottom of the post). All guesses about the Belmont Stakes attendance need to be posted here by 9:00 am on Belmont Day, and the winner gets $50 donated to the racing charity of his/her choice. The winner is the person who comes closest to guessing the published attendance for the day.

5 thoughts on “Friday morning quick picks

  1. I know obviously the Belmont Stakes is the race of the day, but as I am, sure you know there are a few other very nice graded stakes races on the card as well. One that looks very interesting is The Woody Stephens. Looks like about 6 or 7 top horses will enter:HullThis one’s for PhilMr. FantasyHello BroadwayRegal RansomeMunningsChecklistWhat do you think about this race?

  2. Teresa: I just want to let you know I listened to most of your segment on the Fink show and really enjoyed it. I was going to call in and throw you some sort of softball question and let you hit it out of the park, but my hectic week was in high gear at the same time, so couldn’t call. I especially enjoyed Pappa Fink. The Secretariat at Belmont story he told was really quite good, and I thought it was interesting how he spoke about what a great job NYRA is doing these days for their regular customers. And he really loves Belmont Park! But mainly Pappa Fink reminded me why I love talk radio so much as his personality just shined in that medium.

  3. Tom K. Mr. Fantasy is going to win the Woody Stephens. And now that we know the status of Ms Rachel for the Test of the Champion, I can now start thinking about which Zito horses I will play next week. It’s uncanny how he wins this race…..

  4. Tom: Brian will be back late in the week with a Belmont preview and a preview of the $1 million Pick 6, so I’m sure he’ll offer some thoughts on this race.BSaint: Thanks for listening! It was a lot more fun than I’d anticipated, and I agree about Poppa Fink–I’d love to meet him!

  5. It’s going to be a very solid undercard for The Belmont Stakes.The True North and the Woody Stephens will be most interesting. Munnings is slated to make his return in the latter. Hopefully the weatherman will cooperate. I’ll probably throw in The Manhattan for my all-stakes $2 Across The Board contest. Score is definitely kept.Hope to see fellow bloggers on the leaderboard on the home page.

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