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Discussion in 'Sports Talk' started by mrracetrack, May 26, 2006.

    May 26, 2006
  1. mrracetrack

    mrracetrack Dormant account

    North of Pluto
    Preakness winner Bernardini not running in Belmont

    NEW YORK -- For just the third time in 36 years, the Belmont Stakes will be run without either the Kentucky Derby or Preakness Stakes winner.

    Preakness winner Bernardini was declared out of the Belmont on Wednesday, another blow to the final race of the Triple Crown series set for June 10.

    Belmont races without a
    Kentucky Derby or Preakness winner*
    Derby winner Preakness winner
    2006 Barbaro Bernardini
    2000 Fusaichi Pegasus Red Bullet
    1970 Dust Commander Personality
    1954 Determine Hasty Road
    * Last 60 years

    The Belmont field already was without Derby winner Barbaro, who sustained career-ending injuries in last weekend's Preakness, which was won by Bernardini.

    In 2000, neither Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus nor Preakness winner Red Bullet ran in the Belmont, won by Commendable. Before that it happened in 1970, when neither Derby winner Dust Commander nor Preakness winner Personality ran in the Belmont, won by High Echelon.

    Over the past decade the Belmont was one of the most anticipated races of the year, with six failed Triple Crown tries beginning in 1997 with Silver Charm. The others were Real Quiet in 1998, Charismatic in 1999, War Emblem in 2002, Funny Cide in 2003 and Smarty Jones in 2004.

    Last year, Giacomo won the Derby and Afleet Alex went on to take the Preakness and Belmont.

    Darley Stable announced the decision about Bernardini in Lexington, Ky., saying the colt deserves a break after running three races in quick succession.

    Bernardini won his first career race on March 4 and won the Withers Stakes in his next start April 29.

    Then came his surprise victory in the Preakness over Sweetnorthernsaint, the race overshadowed by the serious injury at the start to Barbaro. The Derby winner broke three bones in his right rear leg and underwent surgery.

    Dubai's Sheik Mohammed, who operates Darley Stud, made the decision to rest Bernardini.

    "We feel that he climbed the ladder of competition quite quickly," said James G. Bell of Darley Stable. "We believe he deserves a break."

    The colt is due to return in August, with the Jim Dandy, Haskell and Travers Stakes under consideration. The ultimate goal is the Breeders' Cup Classic in November at Churchill Downs, Bell said.

    The field for the Belmont will include Bluegrass Cat, second in the Derby, and Steppenwolfer, who was third. Jazil, who finished in a fourth-place tie, also is set to run.

    Oh So Awesome, who won a minor stake last Friday at Belmont, also will be entered.

    Trainer Bob Baffert plans to send Bob and John to the race, and might send Point Determined. Bob and John was 17th in the Derby and Point Determined was ninth.

    From the Preakness, Sweetnorthernsaint is an outside possibility, and trainer Nick Zito said third-place finisher Hemingway's Key will run.

    Todd Pletcher, who trains Bluegrass Cat, also is considering Peter Pan winner Sunriver and Sir Barton winner High Cotton.
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  2. May 29, 2006
  3. Pinababy69

    Pinababy69 RIP Lisa

    Toronto, Ontario - Canada
    Well, I'm thinking that Baffert's horses may be as good a bet as any. I really hope he sends Point Determined, I think that horse is just crying out for added distance.

    After what happened in the Preakness, my heart isn't really in it anymore this year. But then there's always the Sucks contest right MrR? Maybe I can pick up some more money there? I think if I win again, I may be lynched actually, lol...

    Edited to add - Wow....1,000 posts!!! Where's my prize?? And the Chippendale's dancers? Don't I get anything? Bummer.
    2 people like this.
  4. May 29, 2006
  5. mrracetrack

    mrracetrack Dormant account

    North of Pluto
    1000 posts...

    You probably need a new keyboard after all those "1000 posts"... :lolup:

    Forget the Chippendales... how about a "sales crew" at Computer World or Office Depot... ;) :p

    You did very well in the Derby & Preakness contests on Sucks... :notworthy Going for the "hat trick" with the Belmont? ;)

    Good Luck... :thumbsup:
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  6. May 29, 2006
  7. Pinababy69

    Pinababy69 RIP Lisa

    Toronto, Ontario - Canada
    Actually, Pina's version of the Triple Crown. :D
  8. May 29, 2006
  9. ngb1959

    ngb1959 Newbie member

    I won on both

    I won on both races and what was even better than that, I went through one of my own affiliate and made a commission too!!!

    Good luck to all that bet!

  10. Jun 8, 2006
  11. Cynthia777

    Cynthia777 Senior Member

    My house
    Belmont Stakes Post Positions Drawn

    1 Platinum Couple Jose Espinoza Joseph Lostritto 30-1

    2 Sunriver Rafael Bejarano Todd Pletcher 4-1

    3 Hemingway's Key Jeremy Rose Nick Zito 15-1

    4 Bob and John Garrett Gomez Bob Baffert 5-1

    5 High Finance Eibar Coa Richard Violette Jr. 12-1

    6 Oh So Awesome Mike Smith James A. Jerkens 20-1

    7 Deputy Glitters Edgar Prado Tom Albertrani 15-1

    8 Jazil Fernando Jara Kiaran McLaughlin 10-1

    9 Bluegrass Cat John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 3-1

    10 Double Galore Mike Luzzi Myung Kwon Cho 30-1

    11 Steppenwolfer Robby Albarado Daniel Peitz 9-2

    12 Sacred Light Victor Espinoza David Hofmans 15-1
    2 people like this.
  12. Jun 10, 2006
  13. soflat

    soflat Senior Member

    I'll just watch this one. My interest dropped off with the breakdown of Barbaro, and the fact that the Preakness winner is not racing doesn't help either.

    Glancing at the PP it seems like there is not a lot of early speed.

    I liked Bluegrass Cat back when he was at Tampa. It would be nice to see him win it.

    Bob and John might be a better price. He could try to steal it on the lead.
  14. Jun 10, 2006
  15. mrracetrack

    mrracetrack Dormant account

    North of Pluto

    Just a token flyer today on the Belmont...

    The race is anyone's... it is a mile and a half... I truly have no real opinions... any horse feeling good today can win this.

    Steppenwolfer with:
    Hemingway's Key
    Bob and John
    Deputy Glitters
    Sacred Light

    $1 exacta boxes... total $12 ;)

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