Thoughts from watching the 2012 Preakness Stakes

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The morning after the 2012 Preakness Stakes, Triple Crown contender I’ll Have Another leaves Pimlico for the ride up I-95 to New York in this video from NYRA.

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Covering live TV sports is a rush, a mad tea party, lots of hurry-up-and-wait along with moments of panic plus “duct tape” patch-ups that none of us at home ever see. Here are some of my observations from the latest of my periodic “Racing’s On!!” sports couch potato days, Preakness weekend, 2012.

Bob and Zen

As his family gnashes their teeth over Bodemeister’s “almost,” again, the horse’s trainer and namesake’s father Bob Baffert smiles and says, “You lose more than you win.”

Lunges, boys. Or Warrior Pose. OR ask Daniel O’Neill to let you use his new hot tub (whenever his dad buys it for him)

The possible race run by jockey commentators Jerry Bailey and Gary Stevens on stand-ins for I’ll Have Another and Bodemeister made a lot more sense than their horseless interpretations for the Derby, yet it had its own awkward charm.  The guys mentioned being sore about a day afterward. I recommend lunges, followed by hiking hills, a combination that works for me.

Placing credit where credit’s due 

Winning jockey Mario Gutierrez’s humble post race interview: “He’s just a great horse.” Smiles, then pats I’ll Have Another’s neck.

Nice outfit(s)!

Mayor of Baltimore Stephanie Rawlings-Blake rocking the racetrack fashion for both the Black Eyed Susan and the Preakness Stakes. She wore a different outfit for each day and looked spectacular.

Way to bury the lede, guys!  =:-D

So, during the coverage of the undercard, Cozetti’s trainer Dale Romans mentions having assembled a profile of potential Triple Crown horses to seek out – which seems to be working cuz he’s been around every spring lately – and no one asks him about it??

Not y’all’s fault, though, because I know how that TV producer cueing y’all though those IFBs (the earpiece through which producers in the TV truck talks to announcers) was probably insisting you ask Romans about Kent Desourmaux’s drunk driving charge instead. I know, I know. I’ve covered sports on live TV, too. You can’t get to everything.

Theme decor

Announcer Lafitt Pincay III’s horse shoe paperweights during the Preakness undercard. For the main telecast, Tom Hammond went a different way.

Thank you, NBC Sports Networks, for bringing the action to those of us without access to HRTV. Looking forward to the 2012 Belmont Stakes!





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