With one week to go until the 2010 Belmont Stakes, it’s time to get back in the saddle and start focusing on the race at hand. Gone are the Derby and Preakness winners in Super Saver and Lookin at Lucky – and gone is most of the national media attention due to the absence of a Triple Crown being on the line.
With the 3-year-old division still essentially up for grabs – and with the bulk of the summer racing action yet to come – might the time be right for a colt to rise to the occasion? Despite the lack of star power, the race itself could setup to be very intriguing. The place horses from each of the first two Classics is back – Ice Box and First Dude. Add into the mix dangerous looking runners like Fly Down and Stately Victor, and fan favorites Drosselmeyer and Uptowncharlybrown and suddenly you have the recipe for a pretty good betting race.
Here we take a humorous look at the plight of racing on the eve of the Belmont. In this clip, an effeminate Setsuko plays the role of Otsu to Ice Box’s samurai – explaining the desperate situation and pleading with the son of Pulpit to return from the race triumphant.
It’s not quite Hitler and Odysseus – but few things are.
Note: If for some reason Youtube takes the above video down – which would be par for the course with my creations – there’s a backup version saved here on Daily Motion.
In case you’re wondering about the whole Otsu/Setsuko thing – no, I haven’t made one of my trademark faux pas and confused the gender of an effeminately named male again. Think of it as a convenient (for this video clip) play on the fact that Setsuko is usually considered a female name in Japan. I should also point out that no – I do not quite subscribe to the sentiments of Otsu/Setsuko in this video clip as I feel that Ice Box, First Dude, Fly Down, and Stately Victor are all capable of winning the race.
Which brings us to the most important part of the post – our first chance to gauge public opinion and see where the loyalties are lining up for the big race on Saturday. You know the drill – sound off like you’ve got a pair!