A (Patriotic) Day at the Races


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The tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks was observed in an unsuspecting–and completely unplanned–manner at one New York racetrack.

According to an article from the New York Post, Belmont Park, located just over the New York City line on Long Island, started their day of racing as planned, but things got interesting upon the completion of the third race on the card.

You see, the horse that won the first race broke from slot 9 in the starting gate. The horse that took home top honors in the second race left the gate from slot 1, and, as you might have guessed by now, the winner of the third race also broke from the 1 slot. That’s right…9-1-1.

The article also pointed out that in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Belmont had served as one of the staging areas for workers and emergency vehicles

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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