Belmont Week 2012

Scenes from the week of the Belmont Stakes

Welcome to Belmont Week 2012

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Morning rush hour at Belmont Park.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another arrived early to Belmont Park,

Photo: Rick Samuels

accompanied by millionaire pony Lava Man.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

I'll Have Another galloped daily,

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

prepping for his attempt to join the Triple Crown immortals.

Photo: Chad Harmon

A crowd gathered whenever I'll Have Another appeared,

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

or his trainer Doug O'Neill,

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

or his jockey Mario Gutierrez.

Photo: Rick Samuels

But, they weren't the only ones attracting attention.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Dullahan was getting comfortable with the track,

Photo: Rick Samuels

or maybe he was just passing time.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The draw revealed an even dozen, with the Derby/Preakness winner in the 11 hole.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

The hard-working 'And They're Off' team takes a break.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Bob Baffert was back in the mix, this time with Paynter.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Paynter was looking right at home at Belmont Park.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

The 12 Belmont horses were required to relocate to a designated barn before race day.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

This was not a popular move with the connections, especially Dale Romans, trainer of Dullahan.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Five Sixteen gets a security escort to the track.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Union Rags was a late arrival to Belmont Park, having done most of his training at Fair Hill.

Photo: Rick Samuels

He got a little heated during his first tour of the Belmont track.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

But, settled down the next day and was all business.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Trainer Ken McPeek brought two to the Belmont:

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Atigun,

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

and Unstoppable U, who had an unusual workmate.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Guyana Star Dweej was determined to take a bite out of the Belmont.

Photo: Rick Samuels

And, Street Life was stirring up some interest.

Photo: Rick Samuels

But, the whole complexion of the race changed on Friday.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

as J. Paul Reddam and Doug O'Neill announced the injury and retirement of I'll Have Another.

Photo: Rick Samuels

But, the show must go on.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Calling everyone to Belmont Park.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The crowd came out,

Photo: Dave Harmon

and only the ducks objected to the weather.

Photo: Chad Harmon

Secretariat was wearing his carnations for the occasion.

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Time for quiet study, before the action begins.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Even with no I'll Have Another in the race, everyone still wanted to capture Mario.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Belmont Stakes Day is the perfect time to make new friends.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Did someone mention popcorn?

Photo: Chad Harmon

No, I said ice cream.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Bubbles are appropriate for any occasion.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

But, if bubbles aren't your thing,

Photo: Chad Harmon

surely you can find something to keep you busy.

Photo: Chad Harmon

Mike Smith and Ron Turcotte, who rode Secretariat to victory in the 1973 Triple Crown.

Photo: Dave Harmon

Wait, wait, wait. I know who is going to win, because I had this dream.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

This one looks like a sure thing.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Off and running, as Teeth of the Dog takes the Easy Goer.

Photo: Rick Samuels

You want music? Belmont is the place to be.

Photo: Chad Harmon

For lovers of all kinds of music.

Photo: Chad Harmon

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

There is fashion at the Belmont.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Photo: Chad Harmon

But, the jockey look seemed to be all the rage.

Photo: Chad Harmon

Photo: Chad Harmon

Photo: Chad Harmon

I'll Have Another was honored with a ceremony before the Belmont Stakes.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

He was led to the Winner's Circle one last time,

Photo: Rick Samuels

and trainer Doug O'Neill removed his saddle.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Jockeys' meeting before the Belmont Stakes, it's almost time now.

Photo: Dave Harmon

Ready to capture the action.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

And the cheers go up for the 2012 Belmont winner.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

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