Anyone want to make a bold prediction for this year’s Triple Crown races? Win, lose or draw, the undefeated Nyquist is a star. (We’d say more – except we don’t want to jinx the bay beauty’s chances in the Preakness Stakes May 21 and the Belmont Stakes June 11.)
OK, so we think he has Triple Crown/superhorse potential as well as the ability to develop an Affirmed/Alydar rivalry with Exaggerator. There’s a lot of the gritty Affirmed in Nyquist. And a lot of Seattle Slew as well.
But you don’t have to wait until the Preakness for your equestrian fix. The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows in North Salem are underway. (Click the elegant pics on the right for some play-by-play.)
The shows, now in their 34th year, feature more than 130 hunter and jumper classes through May 22. In addition to the Grand Prix events, there are competitions for children, juniors, adults and amateurs in more than 50 divisions.
With the Rio Olympics just months away, this is a superb opportunity to come out and see past and possibly future champions like McLain Ward and Beezie Madden – or just soak up the pastoral, familial atmosphere.