Posts Tagged ‘Horse Racing’

Triple Crown Finish

June 6, 2009

The final race of US Horse Racing’s Triple Crown in The Belmont and that race happens later today. There is a lot of tradition at the three Triple Crown races; each race has a flower – Rose, Black-Eye Susan and Carnation, the painting of the winning jockey’s colours and different cocktails; the Mint Julep, the Preakness Cocktail and for today the Belmont Breeze.  It seems like we have our own traditions too. Betting on the long shots in the races, making the race cocktails, and toasting my dad while watching the race with my mom on the phone.  I look forward to these races.

Facebook Friend and Poker buddy Matt is placing our bets on a combination of long shots so that if we win, we win big.  It’s fun to have a little money on the race and I have always been a fan of the underdog. Not sure exactly who we are betting on but will update the post closer to race time.

Belmont Breeze ingredientsAs for the official cocktail, it’s called at Belmont Breeze. To make it you need; 1 1/2 ounces Makers Mark Bourbon, 1/2 ounce Dry Sack Sherry, 1/2 oz fresh Lemon Juice, 1/2 Simple Syrup,  a splash of fresh orange juice, a splash of cranberry juice, 5 mint leaves, 1 mint sprig, and 1 orange zest. Donna and I made enough for four drinks.

Belmont Breeze

The three fruit juices mellow the taste of the Bourbon and give the Belmont Breeze a clean finish.  The Simple Syrup brings sweetness to the party but not over whelming.  The Mint and Orange aromas are pleasant.  We like the cocktail but prefer the Preakness Cocktail a little more. It is interesting to me that all three drinks are whiskey based given that the most popular alcoholic drink in the USA, after beer, is vodka but being Canadians we like our whiskey. This bourbon thing is getting close to Canadian Whiskey but that’s another blog.

So now we are prepared, I can call my mom, toast my Dad and watch the race.  Come on Long Shot.

Update:  WE WON $8.  Matt picked the right horse and couple of trifectas and we got our money back plus $8 each.  Yeah!  LOL.   Can wait until next year.

The Preakness

May 16, 2009

The second race in American horse racing’s Triple Crown is the Preakness.  Like the first race, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness is a chance for my mom and I listen to the race together and toast my dad. Just for fun I am making the Preakness Cocktail this year to toast my dad.  

Preakness Cocktail – Preakness Cocktail Ingredients

0.5 tsp Benedictine

1.0 dash Bitters

1.5 oz. Rye Whiskey

0.75 oz. Sweet Vermouth

1 Lemon Peel Twist

Preakness CocktailStir all ingredients (except lemon peel) with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Add the twist of lemon peel and serve.

I have heard of the Black Eyed Susan cocktail with rum, vodka, orange juice, triple sec, lime juice and pineapple juice but it was way to sweet for my liking. The Black Eyed Susan comes from the official flower of the Preakness like the rose is the flower of the Kentucky Derby.  Ironically the race occurs before peak season for the flower so they actually dye daisies get the black eye look.

To make the race even more interesting a bunch of my poker buddies are putting a little money on the ponies. Facebook Friend and poker buddy Matt is managing the “investment” and that a good thing cause he actually knows horses.  We are still going with the long shot strategy and hope that we can bundle the right group of horses to hit it big.  So if you read this before race, hope for the 1 and 7 horse to come first and second (any order) and we win big.  I’ll let you know how it went and how much we won with our $12 investment.

Come on 1 & 7.

Update: We lost.  LOL.  I hope we try again at the Belmont.  Come see in a few weeks.