It had been awhile since I had covered a Belmont Stakes but after a long hiatus I was back again reliving what I remembered doing many times in the past. And when I was down on the finish line capturing the pictures what a thrill it was to see Afleet Alex gallop boldly ahead of the rest of the field.
Besides spending the day at Belmont Racetrack for the 137th Belmont Stakes (June 11th), there were a couple of other events that I had attended during the week. The Wednesday before race day was when the draw for post position took place and the trainers of some of the horses were there to talk about their horse’s chances. For me it wasn’t just about the race, it was also about the goings on behind-the-scenes…the parts that you don’t get to see or hear about.
I was at the Belmont for a variety of reasons but probably the key one was because of my involvement in a project with DreamWorks. They are producing a film which will open nationwide on October 21, 2005. “Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story” tells the story of a father who, for the love of his daughter, sacrifices almost everything to save the life of an injured racehorse and bring the promising filly back to her former glory. The film stars Kurt Russell (“Miracle”), Dakota Fanning (“Man on Fire”) and Kris Kristofferson (“Blade I & II”).
While I do cover a lot of horse events, and in the past a lot of racing, it hasn’t been something I’ve done recently. Since I’ll be writing features leading up to the movie, I felt it was important for me to get back into the race world, to once again feel what it’s like to be at the track, see the enthusiasm of the crowds and get inside the heads of the jockeys, trainers and horses as they vie to win one of the biggest races of their career. I also wanted to expand my database of contacts because those covering the race were also good ones to network with about the movie.
Diana DeRosa has been a regular contributor to Dressagedaily/Horsesdaily covering for us the World Equestrian Games and Olympic Games in Sydney and Athens. She took on a new challenge this year working for Dreamworks on the promotion of "Dreamer"