The race for the U.S. Triple Crown is on, with California Chrome having won both the Kentucky Derby on May 3rd and then taking top prize at the Preakness Stakes May 17th. If the three year-old American Thoroughbred racehorse can win the Belmont Stakes on June 7th (also known as The Test of the Champion), he will be the first contender to bring home the Triple Crown in 35 years.
California Chrome has quite the pedigree, with lines to Pulpit, who finished fourth in the 1997 Kentucky Derby. The horse had a bit of trouble hitting his stride, but has excelled consistently with jockey Victor Espinoza since December of 2013.
Only the fourth California-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Chrome made waves upon his arrival in Louisville for the 140th Run for the Roses. After a quiet plane trip (his first), he struggled a bit while unloading but finally backed down the ramp.
California Chrome’s winning time for the Derby was clocked at 2:03.66. Jockey Espinoza’s ride was described as perfect, allowing the thoroughbred to ease during the last 70 yards. Whatever he did worked because Chrome went on to take the top prize at the Preakness Stakes just two weeks later.
The horse traveled by private jet charter to Baltimore along with a couple of other horses who were also set to race. California Chrome’s winning Preakness time was 1:54:84 and critics called the race his strongest victory to date.
There was some concern that California Chrome might not take part in the Belmont Stakes since the nasal strip he was accustomed to wearing was not permitted. It was only after trainer Art Sherman submitted a formal request to the New York Racing Association that the device’s use was approved for all horses racing in New York. If the colt wins the 1.5 mile Belmont Stakes to take the Triple Crown, he will be the first to achieve this feat since 1978.
The last horse to win the Triple Crown was Affirmed with jockey Steve Cauthen. Other well-known Triple Crown winners include Seattle Slew (1977), Secretariat (1973), and War Admiral (1937).
When the horses hit the dirt track for the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes, all eyes will be on California Chrome to see if he makes history. Like the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, the Belmont Stakes is steeped in tradition. The race is often called the Run for the Carnations since the winning horse is given a blanket of white carnations while being serenaded by the theme from New York, New York.
If you’re thinking about a trip to Elmont, New York to take in the Belmont Stakes, there’s still time to plan a jet charters adventure.
Just over 20 miles from Manhattan, a jet charters trip to Elmont can also include all the sightseeing and attractions that the Big Apple has to offer.
Perhaps you’ll want to make an entire week of it, kicking off the previous weekend with the Belmont Stakes parade as well as a 5k charity run. The New York Racing Association will hold a gala the evening before the race and the following day will be the Floral Park Belmont Festival.
A trip to Belmont Park is not complete without the venue’s signature drink, the Belmont Jewel. This mixture of bourbon, lemonade and pomegranate juice is sure to quench your thirst as tensions run high leading up to the race.
Other venue attractions to enjoy during your jet charters trip to the Belmont Stakes include the Champagne Room, a cutting-edge hospitality suite on the clubhouse’s first floor. There’s also the Turf and Field Club which offers the feeling of a private club with all the amenities you will want to enjoy during race day.
It’s never been easier to get to Belmont Park via private jet. Teterboro Aiport (TEB) is approximately 30 miles away in Bergen County, New Jersey. Another option for a private jet charter excursion to the Belmont Stakes is Long Island’s MacArthur Airport (ISP), which is only about forty miles from the racetrack.
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