140th running of the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes for 3-year-olds.
Da' Tara (born in April), by Tiznow-Torchera, by Pirate's Bounty.
WinStar Farm in Kentucky.
Robert V. LaPenta.
Value to winner:
$600,000; second $200,000; third $85,000 each; fifth $30,000.
Horse Wt. PP 1/4 1/2 1M 11/4 Str Fin Jockey Odds
126 5 1-3 1-1 1-2 1-5 1-4 1-51/4 Garcia 38.50
Denis of Cork
126 4 6hd 6-1 5hf 2hf 2-2 2-23/4 Albarado 7.20
126 7 4-2 4-6 4-2 3hf 3hf 3 Leparoux 34.25
126 8 8hf 8-2 8-1hf 6-1hf 5-4 3-3 Velazquez 28.75
126 3 5-2 5-11/2 6hd 5-1hf 4-1 5-71/4 Gomez 17.40
Tale of Ekati
126 6 2-1 2-1 2hf 4hf 6-8 6-6hf Coe 14.50
126 2 7-1 7hd 9 9 8 7hf Castellano 25.00
126 9 9 9 7-3 7-4 7hf 8 Rose 17.00
126 1 3-1hf 3-2 3-2hf 8hf - - Desormeaux 0.30
6 (5) Da' Tara 79.00 28.00 14.80
4 (4) Denis of Cork 5.40 4.10
8 (7) DH-Anak Nakal 7.60
9 (8) DH-Ready's Echo 6.20
Dead heat for show.
5 correct paid
angled in after taking the lead in the early stages, opened a clear advantage on the first turn, raced uncontested on the front while moving to the three path on the backstretch, dug in when threatened briefly on the turn, drifted out after being struck lefthanded with the whip at the three-sixteenths pole, straightened away when the rider switched to the right-hand whip in midstretch, and edged away under steady urging through the final eighth.
DENIS OF CORK
was unhurried early, moved out entering the backstretch, raced in the middle of the pack while four-wide for seven furlongs, split rivals while gaining midway on the turn, advanced four-wide at the top of the stretch, took up the chase after the winner in the upper stretch, but was no match for that one while clearly the best of the others.
was bumped by
Big Brown and carried out on the first turn, angled in a bit approaching the backstretch, raced within striking distance in the three path for seven furlongs, moved between horses when asked to run midway on the turn, then closed gradually to gain a share.
was outrun for a half, saved ground leaving the far turn, swung six-wide nearing the quarter pole, and failed to menace while improving his position late.
was rated in good position between horses, angled to the rail on the far turn, lodged a mild rally along the inside to reach contention at the top of the stretch, but failed to sustain his bid.
TALE OF EKATI
pressed the early pace from the outside, tracked the winner while five-wide along the backstretch, raced just behind that rival into the upper stretch, and steadily tired thereafter.
stumbled and checked at the start, and never reached contention while saving ground throughout.
was never a factor while four-wide.
steadied and broke outward at the start, moved up inside, steadied sharply while rank in the opening quarter of a mile, steadied and was taken to the outside, bumping with
Anak Nakal on the first turn, swung seven-wide moving into the backstretch, stalked the leaders while continuing wide for seven furlongs, was asked to run when tapped lefthanded on the far turn, then dropped back abruptly midway on the turn and was pulled up approaching the quarter pole.
Scratched: CASINO DRIVE.
Source: 2008 Equibase Company LLC.