Friday, May 29, 2009

Run for the Roses

Any other horse racing fans out there? I meant to write about the races a few weeks ago, when we were all cheering on our fave thoroughbreds in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. And now the Belmont Stakes is rapidly approaching - June 6 to be precise. So who, dare I ask, will take this title? Will it be everyone's favorite cowboy and his Derby-winning horse, aka Mine That Bird? Or will it be Rachel Alexandra, the fantastic filly that wowed the crowds at the Preakness Stakes? Either way, the third race in the Triple Crown should prove to be a heckuva ride!

But before you go whipping up your Belmont Stakes party menu, here are two low-cal, sucralose-sweetened variations of race day recipe mainstays.

Pomegranate Julep

Pecan Chocolate Bourbon Pie

Finally, I figured this would get everyone in the appropriate mood. TGIF, right?! This is a video clip of what is commonly called "The Match of the Century." A little background, if you will...On November 1, 1938, Seabiscuit went head-to-head with War Admiral in one of the most anticipated sporting events in U.S. history. The Pimlico Race Course, from the grandstands to the infield, was jammed solid with fans. Trains were run from all over the country to bring people to the race, and the estimated 40,000 at the track were joined by some 40 million listening on the radio. Triple Crown champion War Admiral was the prohibitive favorite and a near unanimous selection of the writers and tipsters...but how did the race end? You'll have to watch to find out!

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