The Swiss watch brand and Official Timekeeper of the Belmont Stakes, Longines clocked the official time of Tapwrit’s exciting victory at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 10th.
With the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners out of the running, this year’s Belmont Stakes gave 12 contenders one last chance at claiming a spot in Triple Crown history. Irish War Cry went into the race as the favorite after finishing 10th in the Kentucky Derby and was looking to avenge his loss with a win in the 1 ½ mile race. In the end, it was Tapwrit who took the prize.
To honor Tapwrit’s victory, elegant Longines Conquest Classic timepieces were presented to Tapwrit’s owner Robert V. LaPenta, trainer Todd A. Pletcher, and jockey Jose L. Ortiz. Earlier in the afternoon, Longines presented Conquest Classic watches to the victors of the “Longines Just a Game” race: Antonoe’s owner Juddmonte Farms, Inc., trainer Chad Brown, and jockey, Javier Castellano.
[ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”196″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_thumbnails” override_thumbnail_settings=”0″ thumbnail_width=”100″ thumbnail_height=”75″ thumbnail_crop=”1″ images_per_page=”20″ number_of_columns=”0″ ajax_pagination=”0″ show_all_in_lightbox=”0″ use_imagebrowser_effect=”0″ show_slideshow_link=”1″ slideshow_link_text=”[Show as slideshow]” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]This year, the brand hosted the second annual Longines Prize for Elegance fashion contest at Belmont to celebrate style and glamour associated with the Triple Crown. The ladies of Belmont walked the runway for celebrity judges, including Iman Oubou (ubu), Former Miss NY, USA, Tom Murro, TV Personality and Huffington Post contributor, Lara Eurdolian (iurdulian), NYC style reporter, PrettyConnected.com, and Laurie Brookins of The Hollywood Reporter.
Iman Oubou, Tom Murro, Lara Eurdolian and Laurie Brookins selected the most elegant woman from among the many fashionable attendees, Leckie Roberts, and awarded her a timepiece from the Longines DolceVita collection.
The fashionable affair at Belmont racetrack in New York was well-attended by notable personalities, including celebrity chef Bobby Flay, New York Congressman Gregory Meeks, and former NY Giants player Chris Canty, along with Matt Martin of the Toronto Maple Leafs and former NY Islanders player Rick DiPietro. Capping the day off was a spectacular performance by singer-songwriter Andy Grammar, best known for hits such as “Honey, I’m Good” and “Fresh Eyes.”
Longines’ passion for equestrian sport dates back to 1878, when the Swiss watch brand produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount. First worn on the racetracks as early as 1881 and extremely popular among jockeys and horse-lovers, this model enabled its user to time performances to the second. It was already being used by most sport judges in New York in 1886.