WBEZ | Triple Crown http://www.wbez.org/tags/triple-crown Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Horse racing rounding historic turn http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/horse-racing-rounding-historic-turn-99704 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/I%27ll%20have%20another%20flickr_0.jpg" title="I'll Have Another won the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby. (Flickr/Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office) " /></div><p>A horse after my own heart, I&rsquo;ll Have Another is named for his owner&rsquo;s love of cookies&mdash;and not, as one might assume, for too much time spent at the local watering trough. And, it turns out, this sober, sweet-tooth colt is headed into his final turn toward the history books. After against-the-odds wins at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, I&rsquo;ll Have Another is preparing to run in the third leg of the elusive Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes next week. It&rsquo;s been 34 years since horse racing saw a bejeweled sweep&mdash;and the racing world looks a lot different nowadays.</p><p>I&rsquo;ll Have Another isn&rsquo;t the only one strapping on blinders to keep focused on the finish line: Many Illinois lawmakers and industry insiders are hoping a recently passed gambling expansion bill will get Prairie State racing back on track. Despite continued resistance from the governor, the House passed the revised bill by a near-veto-proof margin. Among its provisions, the bill opens the door for slot machines at race tracks. Slots, many industry insiders say, are paramount to the survival of racing in Illinois.</p><p>Longtime racing writer <a href="http://www.poisonedpenpress.com/john-mcevoy/" target="_blank">John McEvoy</a> says Illinois is keeping itself out of the modern-day racing game by keeping casino culture away from the track.</p><p>&ldquo;Illinois is putting itself on an island by not having casinos,&rdquo; McEvoy said.</p><p>McEvoy spent three decades writing and editing the bible of racing, <a href="http://www.drf.com/" target="_blank">The Daily Racing Forum</a>. When the publication closed its Chicago office, McEvoy began writing books&mdash;about what else, racing. His latest novel, <em>Photo Finish</em>, features the return of protagonist Jack Doyle, a tough, smart aleck, ad-exec-turned-track-rat. The track, McEvoy said, is full of interesting characters like Doyle; he calls it &ldquo;a great macrocosm of society.&rdquo;</p><p>Characters like jockey Randy Meier who was an active member of the local racing scene for nearly 40 years. He won over 4,000 races; most of them at nearby Hawthorne Race Course where he won more races than anyone in the park&rsquo;s history&mdash;and he&rsquo;s in Arlington Park&rsquo;s top 10 too.</p><p>Despite breaking some 55 bones over the years, Meier would give anything to be back up on a horse&mdash;saddled up in the stall next to his son, Brandon. The father-and-son jockeys got to ride alongside each other for a couple years before a broken neck ultimately took the patriarch out of the running. And while dad was initially reluctant to hand over the family reins, he&rsquo;s now happy to see&mdash;and coach&mdash;Brandon to stardom.</p><p>As the weather and chances of a Triple-Crown win improve, <em>Afternoon Shift</em>, invited McEvoy and Meier to take a look at the past, present and future of horse racing.</p><p>And for those who can&#39;t make it out to the track, perhaps there&#39;s still hope for an impromptu race at a carousel near you!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/POJEkwv-Oss" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 31 May 2012 13:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/horse-racing-rounding-historic-turn-99704 Something You Should Eat: Liquid custard bao from Triple Crown http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/something-you-should-eat-liquid-custard-bao-triple-crown <p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe height="350" frameborder="0" width="500" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/19289331?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;color=c40215"></iframe></p> <p>With the Year of the Rabbit upon us this Thursday night, I figured many of you will be making the trek down to Chinatown, so here's another dessert option, which absolutely beats the industrially-made fortune cookie. First, let me just say&nbsp;I consider myself a huge fan of any kind of <em>bao</em> or Chinese bun. Initially, the love affair was limited to the ubiquitous red-tinged, steamed BBQ pork buns called <em>char siu bao</em>, but it's moved way beyond that savory snack package. Recently, I had a sweet dessert bun at <a href="http://www.triplecrownchicago.com/">Triple Crown</a> in Chinatown, called<em> lao sa bao</em>, which translates to &quot;flowing sand bun.&quot; &nbsp;There are egg yolks - and plenty of sugar involved - but I love the gritty, sweet lava that oozes from these warm buns, especially after plowing off a few steamer trays full of <em>har gao</em> and <em>chow fun</em>. &nbsp;Incidentally, I had another excellent version of the <em>lao sa bao</em> about a week ago at the new <a href="http://www.minghincuisine.com/">MingHin Cuisine</a> in the Chinatown Square Mall. Totally different exterior (more flaky than squishy) and I think it actually edges out the Triple Crown version. You'll have to decide for yourself. Happy New Year!</p></p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 12:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/something-you-should-eat-liquid-custard-bao-triple-crown Something You Should Eat: Brisket Crepe http://www.wbez.org/dolinsky/2010/02/something-you-should-eat-brisket-crepe/14277 <p><p>In honor of the Chinese New Year this week, I'm spending some extra time there, scouring out the greatest dishes. As much as I love the mapo tofu from <a target="_blank" href="http://maps.google.com/maps/place?client=safari&amp;rls=en&amp;oe=UTF-8&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;q=double+li+chicago&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=us&amp;hq=double+li&amp;hnear=chicago&amp;cid=10144478267087798311">Double Li</a> and the welcoming hot pots at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.tonygourmetgroup.com/restaurant.aspx">Lao Szechuan</a> and the &quot;Toronto&quot; fried rice at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chinatownphoenix.com/">Phoenix</a>, I've recently been enjoying the dim sum service at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.triplecrownchicago.com/">Triple Crown</a> (still nothing near the experience at <a target="_blank" href="http://maps.google.com/maps/place?client=safari&amp;rls=en&amp;oe=UTF-8&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;q=shui+wah+chicago&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=us&amp;hq=shui+wah&amp;hnear=chicago&amp;cid=14174573783806619508">Shui Wah</a>, but that's another story). One of the items I had off of the menu recently was something they call the &quot;brisket crepe.&quot; It's essentially slowly-braised brisket, jammed with all sorts of wonderful spices like star anise and five-spice, then slowly-cooked in a clay pot with a slightly thick rice flour crepe. The sauce alone is worth devouring - maybe over rice the next day.</p><p>As much as I think the dim sum is worth checking out at Triple Crown, the brisket crepe is absolutely something you should eat. Video after the jump: <!--break-->&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center; "><object width="320" height="180"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9268842&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9268842&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="320" height="180"></embed></object></p></p> Tue, 09 Feb 2010 07:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/dolinsky/2010/02/something-you-should-eat-brisket-crepe/14277