Some websites only seem to offer free bets for I'll Have Another -- but what about other giveaways or freebies associated with the 2012 Belmont Stakes? With the possibility that this is a Triple Crown win, the level of anticipation is turned on high and merchandise is following the trend.
Altogether, there are at least 10 businesses that are hoping to advertise themselves -- all while giving away free I'll Have Another, 2012 Belmont Stakes, and Triple Crown merchandise to horse racing fans.
Closed I'll Have Another, Belmont Stakes freebies
The week before the 2012 Belmont Stakes, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) held a free drawing that had, "commemorative I'll Have Another merchandise that includes hats, t-shirts and buttons." The winners will be announced on June 9 during the Belmont Stakes, but the registration has already closed. The giveaway items are currently available at the official I'll Have Another Collection store.
Another New York event that passed the week before the 2012 Triple Crown attempt took place at Belmont Park. There, the jockeys that won the 1977 and 1978 Triple Crown were on hand to give away free postcards. To have the cards signed by Steve Cauthen and Jorge Velasquez costed $5. This money was then added to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund.
Besides the ones that have expired, there are still 10 freebies related to the 2012 Triple Crown.
1. Free Triple Crown handicapping contests
The Palm Beach Kennel Club is swinging into the Belmont Stakes spirit with a happening full of unique surprises. As part of their giveaways, there is a free handicapping contest for the 2012 Triple Crown that has a prize for a beach getaway. Other prizes come from winning an I'll Have Another banner contest.
2. Free Belmont Stakes glasses and shot glasses
I'll Have Another's home racetrack is the famous Hollywood Park. To commemorate their native son, they will be having a Belmont Stakes race day giveaway with shot glasses, free posters of I'll Have Another, and entry into the Belmont Dream Contest . In the area around Belmont Park in New York, several restaurants will have free collectible glasses for customers.
3. Discounts from the Golden Gate Fields cookie squadNear San Francisco is the famous Golden Gate Fields. This year, they are luring horse racing fans to the track for the Belmont Stakes to enjoy a cookie and a discount offer. According to their website, "officials will be making stops at various Bay Area locations to hand out (free) large and tasty cookies that promote I'll Have Another's upcoming Triple Crown bid."
Lucky participants get a discount on admission at the gate for the Triple Crown Party by using the cookie wrapper as a coupon.
4. I'll Have Another free drink recipe
While the signature Belmont Stakes beverage is called the Belmont Jewel, ChampagneLiving.net decided to add to the festivities. Served on June 9 at the Cantina Laredo and III Forks in Hallandale, Flor., this drink, "incorporates ingredients from all three official cocktails of all three races - Mint Julep (Kentucky Derby), Black Eyed Susan (Preakness), and the Belmont Breeze (Belmont Stakes)."
The free I'll Have Another drink recipe is online.
5. Free virtual Road to the Triple Crown game
At the Equibase.com freebies section, there are games that follows the Road to the Triple Crown. Their trademarked Virtual Stable serves the Breeder's Cup and the three legs of the Triple Crown. To play the free 2012 Belmont Stakes game and win prizes, sign up at Equibase.com.
6. Free tickets to the track
In Illinois, Arlington Park is drawing in a crowd for the 2012 Belmont Stakes. In order to perk the interest of locals to celebrate at the track, the Bloomingdale Press says Arlington promises free tickets to the Million Preview Day on July 14, "for the first 3,333 to enter the gates Saturday (June 9)."
7. I'll Have Another hat giveaway
The Sandford Orlando greyhound racing track is showing solidarity with a 2012 Belmont Stakes giveaway. On the day of the race, the track intends to have, "T-shirt, hat and key chain giveaways and I'll Have Another buttons."
8. I'll Have Another cookie
America's Best Racing is a new initiative by the U.S. Jockey Club to coordinate fans with live streaming horse racing coverage online. To show off the new website, Sweetery NYC joined up with America's Best Racing to give away thousands of horse-shaped cookies and tickets. You can find out where the food truck will be next by following the @SweeteryNYC Twitter account.
9. Keeneland's 2012 Belmont freebies
The Keeneland racetrack in Lexington, Kent., is another party location for the 2012 Belmont Stakes. However, the unique angle that Keeneland is taking includes a, "New York- style menu, Belmont-related prize drawings and giveaways." Their website also advertises, "drawings for a 42" flat-screen HDTV, Belmont souvenir programs, and mutuel tickets." Finally, registering for the giveaways means receiving a promotional item featuring jockey Mario Gutierrez.
10. Empire State Building light up
On June 7, the Belmont Stakes was honored on two sides of the Empire State Building and I'll Have Another's silks colors were added to the North and South sides. This is a simple freebie that was offered to those that love the light changes this building regularly schedules.
While this freebie has past, could I'll Have Another's Triple Crown win trigger a second Empire State Building lighting freebie on June 9-10? To check updates to the calendar, consult ESBNYC.com .
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