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.