A Breeders’ Success with Belmont Stakes Contender Angel of Empire

2023 Belmont Stakes Odds, Picks, Post Positions: Il MiracoloIt’s not hard to fashion The Dream when you see the subtle pitch of a long, lush Kentucky bluegrass paddock rolling softly toward the background where the iconic view of grazing horses sets the frame. Champion… Sire.

It takes an imagination a bit more sturdy, perhaps even wild, for the same thought to strike the mind while climbing through the cut-valley terrain of Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, home of Blackstone Farm, the state’s leading Thoroughbred breeder and birthplace of Angel of Empire, a colt who finished third in the Kentucky Derby in May and will likely be one of the favorites in The Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

Because every so often the Mid-Atlantic will produce a horse to rival the Kentucky bluebloods; not flashy or impeccably bred, just fast, competitive horses who were the beneficiaries of athletic gifts that cannot be guaranteed in the breeding shed: Pennsylvania’s Smarty Jones, New York’s Funny Cide.

But make no mistake, it is The Sport of Kings and the Kentucky Thoroughbred (continue reading)

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Rich Nilsen is a 19-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with Brisnet.com and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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