I decided to go to the 2014 Belmont Stakes. I wanted the chance to witness history. California Chrome was going for the Triple Crown. Almost everyone thought that California Chrome would win the race. It did not happen. He came in tied for 4th place. The cheering crowd became silent after the winning horse crossed the finish line. It was still a fun filled day. The crowd at Belmont was huge.

This was my first time at Belmont. I did not know what to expect. I am not into horse racing. I just wanted to take photos. Security prevented anyone from bring in SLR cameras with iinterchangeable lenses and any lenses that is bigger than 6 inches. I left my Canon equipment at home and brought my point & shoot Panasonic Lumix camera. I got to Belmont at about 10:00 am. I managed to find a seat on a bench in the second row. The race was about 8 1/2 hours away. The people who were sitting next to me we very nice and watched my bag of water while I explored the park. There were 8 races before the Belmont Stakes. I took some photos of the races. I went to the back yard area where people were picnicking and watching various events. As the time went bye the park became very crowded.

The trophy table.

The people who hung this banner went home disappointed.

Pretty flowers at the track.

The horses walk the track before the next race.

This photo was taken where I found a seat.

The people in the front were standing during the race. I sill like this photo.

I took a walk to the backyard. It was about 3:00 pm, and the place was packed.

It was party time.

ESPN was broadcasting live from the racetrack. Pictured left Robin Lundberg and Ryan Ruocco.

Plenty of beer was available.

There were big scrrens and plenty of betting stations throughout the park.

former triple crown winners.

The Gate is being set up for the next race.

At the finish line.

A swing band with 2 dancers are performing.

The is the Main Event. I moved to the end of the track into a parking lot where the Ambulance enters the track. The horses are rounding the final turn. I wish I had my Canon Camera and lenses, But I managed to get these images with my point & shoot camera

I used The cameras sports setting which gave me a fast shutter speed in bright light.

California Chrome is somewhere in the middle of the pack after the last turn.

The horses are approaching the finish line. All of a sudden the cheers from the crowd became a loud moan that quickly became silent. Everyone around me knew that California Chrome did not win. History was not made today, but I still had a good time. Maybe, next year.


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