05/30/2012 1:39AM

Shack Attack! - and more from Met Mile day

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Met Mile day at Belmont Park was hot and humid - featuring great racing, and tough competitors, all day long.  A heartfelt congratulations to the amazing Shackleford and his connections who, with the help of Caleb's Posse, sure put on a memorable show in the day's main event.

Here are a few photos from the afternoon.

Above:  It's Tricky, the delightfully quirky daughter of Mineshaft, in the paddock before the Ogden Phipps.  Eddie Castro is aboard the filly, who is owned by Godolphin Racing and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin.

At the head of the stretch, It's Tricky overtook the front-running (and very competitive!) Cash for Clunkers.  Cash for Clunkers made quite a race of it.

Above/below:  It's Tricky secures her third Grade I win.  Cash for Clunkers was second and Awesome Maria, at left, below, was third.

Above:  It's Tricky and Awesome Maria head back after the race.

Above:  An appreciative pat for the winner.  It's Tricky heads to the test barn.

Above/below:  Awesome Maria, running for E. Paul Robsham Stables, didn't quite have it this day - but she's still pretty as a picture.

Above:  Cash for Clunkers and Alan Garcia, after their game second in the Ogden Phipps.

Above and below:  Buffum, a 4-year-old Bernardini - Storm Beauty colt, running for Godolphin Racing, was an impressive winner of the  sixth race.  Javier Castellano was aboard.  

Above:  Tom Albertrani had two winners on the day - Buffum, and Better Lucky (below), who won the Sands Point.

Above/below:  Better Lucky, a daughter of Ghostzapper, for Darley Stable, won her third race in five starts in the Sands Point.  In a very tight finish, Regalo Mio and Zultanite were second and third.

Above:  Winner! Eddie Castro won the Sands Point on Better Lucky and the Ogden Phipps on It's Tricky.

Above:  The beautiful Contested, by Ghostzapper and out of an Arch mare, before her win in the G1 Acorn.  Contested races for owner Jill Baffert and is trained by Jill's husband Bob.  Congratulations to them both!

Above/below:  Contested won the Acorn by a widening 5 lengths for Javier Castellano - his second winner of the afternoon.  It was Contested's fourth win in her five starts.  

Above/below:  Zo Impressive ran a solid second in the Acorn while Aubby K, below, was third.

Above/below:  Gary Hartlage saddled his fan favorite On Fire Baby (below), who ran fourth. 

Above/below:  In the paddock before the Metropolitan Handicap, Donnie Von Hemel was all business while preparing Caleb's Posse....who had been checked out by Dale Romans, trainer of Shackleford (below).

Above:  Caleb's Posse before the race.

Above:  To Honor and Serve, here with Bill Mott, went off as the 1.65-1 favorite.  

Above:  The tough Grade I winner Jackson Bend, here with groom Gus Sanchez, ran fifth.

Above/below:  Shackleford, always a handful, looked fantastic before the race.  John Velazquez was aboard, regular pilot Jesus Castanon being sidelined by injury.

Above:  Shackleford, at full speed while aiming for home, was a picture of power.

Above/below:  In a fantastically dramatic finish, Shackleford absolutely refused to let Caleb's Posse pass him by.

Above:  Two horses look like one - Shackleford and Caleb's Posse.

Above:  Dale Romans greets his classic-winning, Met Mile winning colt.  

Above:  Mike and Kim Lauffer lead their beautiful colt down Belmont's Grade I victory lane.

Above:  Hats off to the remarkable Caleb's Posse, who ran another fantastic race....

...and congratulations to the connections of Shackleford, the son of Forestry - Oatsee, who has now won two of racing's most important events - the Preakness and the Met - and earned $2,741,381.

Above:  Portrait of a winner.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely awesome shots Ms Livingston. Just amazing work. The pictures with the horses coming down the stretch right towards you, great. All the shots of Shack finishing at the wire, great. Both horses airbound at the wire, just outstanding. Thank you and DRF for sharing them with us. Ray Davis
Michelle Harmon More than 1 year ago
Shackleford- what a horse! The very first picture and the one of him in just the bridle second to last, you should put them up for sale.
Morris More than 1 year ago
they can talk classic distances all they want. but for a mile race (1 turn or 2 no matter) is my favorite race every time. cant wait for the breeders cup. just imagine, shakelford, calebs posse, the factor. roman ruler, & whatever else the boys from across the pond bring. it will be a mile race that all should behold.. the met mile was as good of a contest of horse flesh as i have seen in a while. the kd,was that kind of contest before they openedit up to 20 horses. i know that we cant stop progress. but do you really think running 20 horses in a race is progress. i think not. we should lobby for the kd to be cut to 14 horses .
Yuwipi More than 1 year ago
Morris, I couldn't agree with you more about the mile, especially at the top level, being my favorite distance. I am very partial to the one turn variety though. Seems that the two turners just develop a little differently most times. As for cutting back the Derby field I can't believe that everybody isn't on the same page with 20 being too many.
John Cicale More than 1 year ago
Met Monday was one of the greatest days I've witnessed (since 1975) in racing, and you beautifully captured how great and exciting it was.
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Barbara ...you keep giving and giving and we are all the better for it. What wonderful pictures. It's always a pleasure stopping by here to SEE what you SEE. BTW ...I also caught your 'slide show' on the front page, regarding I'll Have Anothers on track ' lmost a really bad' experience today. Simply remarkable pictures. SR Vegas
Delrene Sims-Bizzigotti More than 1 year ago
I am humbled by your photographs. Each one better than the next. Capturing their strength and their souls. Partial to the gray ladies. Perfect caption, SHACK ATTACK. Thank you so much. I feel like I was there at each race.
Cris McHenka More than 1 year ago
He has always been a winner to me. Fell for him when I was at the fence during a morning workout before the Preakness. The rider walked him up to me. I told him how beautiful he was and I wished him all the luck on Preakness Day. I was sitting next to a shareholder of Mucho Macho Man during the race and I wished all the best for him, but my heart was with the handsome fella with the big white blaze. I hope he gets the respect he deserves he should make a wonderful stallion at Darby Dan.
Max Power More than 1 year ago
Simply beautiful, thank you. Shackleford staring down the oncoming CP reminds me of the Silver Charm / Free House stare down in the Preakness.
Fred Reardon More than 1 year ago
That 1997 Preakness was a 3-way photo with Captain Bodgit third in (maybe) the best Preakness ever. But the point is well taken. "twas a thrilla", and can not be easily shaken away.
Fred Reardon More than 1 year ago
Hi B, Wonderful photo essay with much to be excited about: from the budding Contested to the steady It's Tricky, but it is Shackleford that carried the day and rather than being remembered for what might have been it (at least) sez here that he will be forever remembered for his Preakness and Met Mile victories. Not bad, and thanks as always.
laura ban More than 1 year ago
Gotta love the mohawk! He is a very pretty boy, gutsy as well! Just love the shot of ZO IMPRESSIVE'S expressive face and head. Another fantastic post, Barbara! Thank-you as always! Take good care.