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Belmont Stakes Viewing
updated: Jun 06, 2014, 9:15 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Does anyone know where in town one can go to watch the Belmont Stakes? Thanks!

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 COMMENT 525650 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 09:22 AM

Your couch with the T.V. on. :-)


 COMMENT 525652 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 09:23 AM

The point of this post is where in town can one go to watch with other people, it's more fun that way.


 COMMENT 525653P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 09:24 AM

Earl Warren? Do they still have OTB there?


 COMMENT 525654 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 09:25 AM

Any bar, but I would pick the Brewhouse.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 09:46 AM

I hope you find a place to watch with others, makes it fun. I am so excited about this race. One reason is because California horses don't usually make it back East, people there think we just have cow ponies and have a tendency to look down their noses. The whole story of the horse and his owners is delightful, right up there with Seabiscuit's; this will make a great book and movie.


 COMMENT 525678P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 10:05 AM

FLICKA, IF California Chrome wins the Triple Crown it might. After a 36 year wait the horse racing world deserves one. Affirmed was the last horse to do it in 1978.


 COMMENT 525681 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 10:06 AM

653P - The racing/betting parlor at Ear Warren closed in 2009.


 COMMENT 525704 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 10:41 AM

Woody's you can also watch the New York stakes, tri-tip and ribs... ha ha


 COMMENT 525720P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 11:21 AM

681, really? That long ago. WOW. Thanks. Did it move over to the Casino? Not that I partake of either venue, I have other more important things to spend my money on. From 653P.


 COMMENT 525743 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 12:24 PM

720P - The entire satellite horse racing book has gone online now. Anyone with an internet connection can watch and wager on TVG. You can hardly find a dedicated satellite horse race betting establishment anymore.


 COMMENT 525770P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 01:37 PM

650 --- okay, what channel? It's on NBCSports --- but that is not a channel that Cox (Basic level) provides to any but the more expensive packages.


 COMMENT 525792 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 02:11 PM

770P Channel 6 NBC will be showing it. I have it set to record.


 COMMENT 525818 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 03:02 PM

Uptown Lounge is a great place to watch. We were there for the Preakness and it was a fun vibe.


 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 03:09 PM

Sorry, I have no recommendation beyond "your neighborhood bar" for watching it in public, if you don't have a tv.

and obviously none of my friends are horse/race crazy, so I'm talking here.

channel 67, NBC Sports, shows real coverage for hours, before the commercial crap starts. They're showing racing right now, and I'm looking for the tv special on CA Chrome. I have expanded basic and I get 67. 4:30 p.m. on race day, tomorrow, NBC channel 6.

Hey Flicka & other horse people:
I'm embarrassed, but I watch at home, because I cry. My little kid horse-craziness coming through...

In preparation, watching race videos, I found http://extrememustangmakeover.com/ and Elisa Wallace & Fledge. Flicka, you got to see this!! I cried. (Fledge has the stripe, Rune the blaze)

Search her out, she got Rune the next year, he's a gorgeous horse. I really hope Chrome does it, as I hoped for Smarty Jones and Funnycide. I feel even stronger about Chrome, but I agree that bettors go with a horse that didn't run in the Preakness. Hoping Tonalist doesn't win, after talking with someone who's betting him for just these reasons. I want the storybook ending!
(as I did for Sunday Silence!! Even though I was big on Easy Goer, the only horse in history to win the Whitney, Travers Stakes, Woodward, and Jockey Club Gold Cup.) And I rooted for Alydar. Loved Sham too, because a horse of that name was the star of Marguerite Henry's "King of the Wind." But NO ONE could resist Secretariat!


 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 03:19 PM

I read that they picked his name out of a hat. He could have been "Seabisquick." LOL! I love it. The "chrome" is for his white markings. this too is heartwarming:


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 06:18 PM

Thanks, Yin Yang, I will watch those. "Name picked out of a hat", it gets even better; the owners and their wives were in a restaurant and each wrote a name and had a waitress pick the winner out of the hat; I think she has bragging rights about naming the horse (he'd been called Junior until then). I know Craig Allen, assistant manager of the River Ranch (owned by Harris Ranch) where Chrome was raised from weaning time until ready for training. Craig worked with him six days a week. FYI for non-horse folks, white on a horse is called chrome, this guy has 4 white stockings and a white stripe on his face. Funny that there were 3 Triple Crown winners in the 1970s, and not one for 36 years now.


 COMMENT 525943 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 08:26 PM

I'm SO excited to see this race! One of my friends is his vet at Harris Farms and has known him since he was a baby. When he was born, his hoof tore is dam's uterine lining and she needed a lot of care. He got used to very close human contact from an early age with people in and out to care for her all the time. My friend (Jeanne) thinks his wonderful temperament may, in part, be a result of that.


 COMMENT 525944P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 08:31 PM

Thanks, 792. I had read it was NBC Sports/ch 67 --- and Cox Basic does not get that (or at least I don't.)


 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-06 09:26 PM

Wow. I watched NBCSports coverage of tomorrow's race and Chrome, and today's Belmont race card. Very impressed by the TWO mile turf race, Belmont Gold Cup Invitational. My pick came in 2nd (a filly at 110 lbs).

Flicka, I'd like to chat local horse history with you; any interest? you can contact me through Edhat. Did you know Garth Shoop? Did anybody here on Edhat? I'd love to hear stories. I never heard of his death. Still intend to chat with Si Jenkins about Garth. Did anyone here know Bob Mastagni, the Belgian horseman/breeder/showman and owner of Horseman's Hangup in Goleta way back? He passed in 2001.

can't wait til tomorrow, I can feel how disappointed I may be... but that's what horse racing is about.

My first awareness of the Triple Crown was Majestic Prince in 1969.

for your viewing pleasure, Secretariat's Belmont:

And this lucky, lucky man who was last to visit and film Secretariat:

Anyone really interested by now knows that Secretariat's heart was abnormally large, which explains a lot.


 SB & TAHOE agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-07 07:41 AM

When I was a horse-nut kid, Secretariat won the triple crown in 73. One of the greatest race horses ever. But 2 years later I watched the live broadcast when Ruffian broke her leg during a match race with Foolish Pleasure. More recently, Barbaro broke his leg in the 2006 Preakness and Eight Belles broke 2 legs in the 2008 Kentucky Derby. I no longer watch the races live, I record them and wait until my Mom tells me it's safe to watch.


 COMMENT 526021 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-07 08:59 AM

The casino, with its unregulated (and now) penny slot machines drew so many of the betters away from Earl Warren they had to close. The impacts also affected charitable Bingo games which are severely limited as to how much they can pay players in prizes while the Santa Ynez "Indian" casino can offer whatever they want. They tried to get the Earl Warren horse racing franchise originally but figured it wasn't worth the money compared to the over 2000 slot machines they have bringing in on average about $185.00 a day each. Unlike horse race betters those who play these unregulated, uninspected and unpoliced slot machines are far less knowledgeable about the odds of winning anything over time. Consequently they are easily pleased by "winning" a few dollars from time to time (which they put right back into the machine) while in the course of an hour or two they are losing much more than the token pay backs they have recieved from the machines.


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