After the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, and the Preakness at Pimlico, horse racing bettors and fans focus on the Belmont Stakes horse race, that will features a 13-race card that begins with a first race post time of noon.
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This year, the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9th, will again be the centerpiece of Belmont Park’s 60-day Spring/Summer Meet. - More Belmont Stakes Horse Information
At the wire, it was Union Rags, making its run and nipping Paynter, who nearly took it wire-to-wire, to win the Belmont Stakes.
Union Rags and jockey John Valazquez not only secured the horse's first big victory but a place in Belmont history with that dramatic finish.
Union Rags skipped the Preakness and because of the Derby problems switched jockeys for the Belmont from Julien Leparoux to John Velazquez, who picked up his second Belmont victory; he won in 2007 with filly Rags to Riches.
The 3-year-old bay colt barreled through a slim opening on the rail to edge Paynter, dealing Baffert, jockey Mike Smith and owner Ahmed Zayat a third loss in this year's Triple Crown series.
Aside from his Belmont win, Union Rags also won the Fountain of Youth race this year. A third-place finish in the Florida Derby will also go in his favor.
Ruler on Ice, ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., shocked in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, holding off Stay Thirsty by three-quarters of a length on a sloppy track. Brilliant Speed finished third.
“We had a half-mile to go, and I had a lot of horse underneath me,” Valdivia said. “I looked up at the wire and was like, Oh my god, I’m going to win the Belmont Stakes.” Ruler on Ice, a gelding trained by Kelly Breen, ran the mile and a half in 2 minutes 30.88 seconds.
He went off at odds of 24-1 and paid $51.50 on a $2 bet to win. The Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford led virtually all of the way but faded to fifth. Animal Kingdom, who won the Kentucky Derby, tripped near the start and finished sixth.
An underachiever finally came through in the $1 million Belmont Stakes and gave Hall of Famers Bill Mott and Mike Smith milestones they've been seeking for decades.
Drosselmeyer, left out of the Kentucky Derby because he failed to earn enough money, outlasted a couple of Dudes and held off Fly Down by three-quarters of a length to win the final leg of the Triple Crown.
The win by the gleaming 3-year-old chestnut colt ended Smith's 0 for 12 riding record in the Belmont, and gave Mott his first victory in a Triple Crown race.
With neither Derby winner Super Saver nor Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky in the field, the 1½-mile Belmont looked to be a matchup of classic runner-ups -- Ice Box from the Derby vs. First Dude from the Preakness.
First Dude took the lead, but couldn't hold off Drosselmeyer in the stretch and finished third after giving way to Fly Down in the final strides.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux, who finished second twice before at the Belmont Stakes, wins the 2009 Belmont Stakes riding Summer Bird.
The other bird, Mine That Bird, hung back for most of the race and then made an early move maybe a bit too early to push for the lead but ended up taking third place and still in the money. Dunkirk finished in second place.
"He was fighting it just a little bit, " jockey Calvin Borel said on Mine That Bird. "I didn't want to fight him too much." Summer Bird, the 11/1 odds to win the 2009 Belmont Stakes, becomes the surprise winner of the Belmont Stakes and denies jockey Calvin Borel his own 'Triple Crown.'
Bred by owners Kalarikkal and Vilasini Jayaraman out of the mare Hong Kong Squall and a daughter of 1990 Preakness winner Summer Squall, Summer Bird has raced only four times in his entire career.
Da'Tara wins Belmont to deny Big Brown Triple Crown. Da' Tara won the Belmont Stakes, spoiling favorite Big Brown's bid to become the first winner of horse racing's Triple Crown in 30 years.
Da' Tara, ridden by Alan Garcia, went wire-to-wire and won by 5 1/2 lengths in 2:29.65 with Denis of Cork second. There was a dead heat for third between Anak Nakal and Ready's Echo.
Big Brown didn't respond at the urging of jockey Kent Desormeaux in the final turn and was pulled up.
The previously undefeated colt finished last in the 140th running of the 1 1/2- mile race, the longest of the Triple Crown events.
Before a crowd of 46,870 under overcast skies at Belmont Park, Rags to Riches lived up to her breeding and out-gamed favored Curlin by a head to become the first filly to win the Belmont Stakes in 102 years and only the third Belmont Stakes winning filly.
The previous winning fillies were Ruthless in 1867 and Tanya in 1905.
Nineteen other fillies had previously run in the Belmont Stakes.
With John Velazquez as her rider for the first time, Rags to Riches also gave trainer Todd Pletcher his first win in a Triple Crown race.
Rags to Riches completed the mile and a half trip in 2:28.74 and paid her backers $10.60 to win.
|7||Rags to Riches||Velazquez J R||121||10.60||4.40||3.20|
|3||Curlin||Albarado R J||126||3.00||2.30|
|2||Tiago||Smith M E||126||3.70|
$2 - Exacta (7-3) Paid $25.20
$2 - Trifecta (7-3-2) Paid $131.50
$2 - Superfecta (7-3-2-6) Paid $242.50
$2 - Daily Double (7-7) Paid $53.00 Daily Double Pool $506,506
$2 - Pick 3 (4-7-7) 3 Correct Paid $468.00 Pick 3 Pool $597,732
$2 - Pick 4 (4-4-7-7) 4 Correct Paid $5,472.00 Pick 4 Pool $1,708,265
$2 - Pick 6 (4-2-4-4-7-7) 5 Correct Paid $3,344.00 Pick 6 Pool
$2 - Pick 6 (4-2-4-4-7-7) 6 Correct Paid $417,207.00 Pick 6 Pool $1,312,24
The 2006 Triple Crown came to an end at Belmont Park on Saturday 10th, when 12 hopefuls went to the gate in the $1 million Belmont Stakes (G1), a 1 1/2 mile trip over the main track.
6-1 shot Jazil, who was fourth in the Derby last out, rallied from last early on after a slow pace of 47.36 and 1:37.53 to collar 5-1 Bluegrass Cat at the top of the stretch and pull away to win by 1 1/4 lengths, completing the distance over a fast track in 2:27.86.
Sunriver was third and Steppenwolfer was fourth. Interestingly, all three races in the Triple Crown were won by the #8.
It was an exciting day at Belmont Park as Afleet Alex drew off to win by 7 lengths in the 2005 Belmont Stakes.
He was bet down to odds of 1.15-1 as the favorite and was a very popular winner with the crowd. Nick Zito's Andromeda's Hero rallied for second and maiden Nolan's Cat shocked everyone, except perhaps his owners, by coming from last to take third.
Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo flipped his palate and was unable to breath properly, fading to finish 7th.
After 12 tries trainer Nick Zito finally won the Belmont Stakes.
It took 2:27 for a 36-1 Birdstone’s one-length victory to do what No horse has been able to do. Horse racing fans around the world watched the Undefeated horse smarty Jones loose for the first time in his racing carrier.
Smarty Jones had won his first eight starts, including the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, and was trying to become the first 3-year-old to go through the Triple Crown undefeated since Seattle Slew in 1977.
For the tenth time in 26 years, a painful lesson was driven home. Winning the Triple Crown is just an extremely difficult task to accomplish.
Empire Maker, the Kentucky Derby favorite, rallied his way to a 3/4 length victory over Ten Most Wanted while Funny Cide finished a distant third.
The time for the 1 1/2 miles was 2:28.26 over a sloppy Belmont Park track.
Once again there is no Triple Crown winner. Empire Maker has won the 135th Belmont Stakes to keep Funny Cide from becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner.
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