California Chrome has proved to be a gamer in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, grabbing the first two legs of horse racing’s Triple Crown for three-year-olds most regally.
The Belmont Stakes to come is the toughest, I thought, as I spied another batch of horses moving in circles Friday night in Syracuse.
Given the opportunity, could any other of these ponies be able to match California Chrome in character?
Would somebody be able to take their place on top of one of these creatures and go for the brass ring?
I took a look at an outlier in the center ring, without a mount.
I decided to call her Painted Pony.
I fancied her lines.
I liked her style.
In my youth, I rode the likes of Painted Pony to many a great finish.
Painted Pony had friends on the short track with riders aloft.
They were noisy, waving to watchers as they sped by.
They were in a bunch, ready for a photo finish.
Syracuse’s mega shopping, dining and entertainment complex Destiny USA started its existence as Carousel Center, with a highlight ride here in the food court.
This plaque talks about the history of this ride.
Here’s the source for the photo of California Chrome.
Are you a fan of the merry-go-round? Where was your favorite carousel ride? Do you still bring kids or grandkids to ride? Will you be rooting for California Chrome to win the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown next Saturday? Would you throw two bucks down on a horse named Painted Pony?