About the race

When: Tonight, 6:27 p.m. post time (Race 11)

Where: Belmont Park, Elmont, N.Y.

TV, Radio: 6ABC, ESPN (950-AM). Coverage begins at 5 p.m. on both.

Weather: Sunny after morning clouds. High of 75 degrees.

Distance: 1 1/2 miles.

Weights: 126 pounds.

Wagering info: 1-888-BET-2-WIN or www.phonebet.com

Purse: $1 million (if 10 start). First place: $600,000. Second place: $200,000. Third place: $110,000.

CHOCOLATE CANDY - 1

Morning Line: 10-1

Owner: Sid & Jenny Craig Trust

Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer

Jockey: Garrett Gomez

Career earnings: $592,500

2009 - starts: 4; 1st: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 0

Career - starts: 10; 1st: 4; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 1

Last three: Kentucky Derby (5th), Santa Anita Derby (2nd), El Camino Real Derby (1st).

Jerardi's breakdown: Jenny Craig's horse was a distant fifth in the Derby, but did not run badly after getting into traffic trouble at the break.

DUNKIRK - 2

Morning Line: 4-1

Owner: Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Career earnings: $193,200

2009 - starts: 4; 1st: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 0

Career - starts: 4; 1st: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 0

Last three: Kentucky Derby (11th), Florida Derby (2nd), allowance at Gulfstream (1st).

Jerardi's breakdown: If he runs back to his second in the Florida Derby, he can win this. Had all kinds of issues in the Derby when he finished 11th.

MR. HOT STUFF - 3

Morning Line: 15-1

Owner: WinStar Farm

Trainer: Eoin Harty

Jockey: Edgar Prado

Career earnings: $150,560

2009 - starts: 5; 1st: 1; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 3

Career - starts: 8; 1st: 1; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 3

Last three: Kentucky Derby (15th); Santa Anita Derby (3rd), Sham Stakes (3rd).

Jerardi's breakdown: Was a never-in-it 15th in the Derby. Ran third in the Santa Anita Derby, but has just one win in eight starts.

SUMMER BIRD - 4

Morning Line: 12-1

Owner: K.K. and Vilasini Jayaraman

Trainer: Tim Ice

Jockey: Kent Desormeaux

Career earnings: $123,040

2009 - starts: 4; 1st: 1; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 1

Career - starts: 4; 1st: 1; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 1

Last three: Kentucky Derby (6th), Arkansas Derby (3rd), maiden special at Oaklawn (1st).

Jerardi's breakdown: If you watch the Derby replay and look away from the rail and Mine That Bird, you will note this other son of Birdstone made a very wide, very late rally.

LUV GOV - 5

Morning Line: 20-1

Owner: Marylou Whitney Stables

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Miguel Mena

Career earnings: $62,896

2009 - starts: 5; 1st: 1; 2nd: 3; 3rd: 0

Career - starts: 11; 1st: 1; 2nd: 3; 3rd: 1

Last three: Preakness (8th), maiden special at Churchill Downs (1st), maiden special at Kenneland (2nd).

Jerardi's breakdown: Overmatched in the Preakness. Owned by Marylou Whitney, who gave the world Birdstone 5 years ago.

CHARITABLE MAN - 6

Morning Line: 3-1

Owner: Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Warren Jr.

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Alan Garcia

Career earnings: $307,200

2009 - starts: 2; 1st: 1; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0

Career - starts: 4; 1st: 3; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0

Last three: Peter Pan Stakes (1st), Blue Grass Stakes (7th), Futurity (1st).

Jerardi's breakdown: Unbeaten on dirt. Huge pace advantage in a race with almost no early speed. If he cruises early, might be very difficult to catch late.

MINE THAT BIRD - 7

Morning Line: 2-1

Owner: Double Eagle Ranch and Bueno Suerte Equine

Trainer: Chip Woolley

Jockey: Calvin Borel

Career earnings: $2,011,581

2009 - starts: 4; 1st: 1; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 0

Career - starts: 10; 1st: 5; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 0

Last three: Preakness Stakes (2nd), Kentucky Derby (1st), Sunland Derby (4th).

Jerardi's breakdown: Proved in the Preakness that he is a serious race horse. Calvin Borel said he is going to win. And it is hard to discount anything he says these days.

FLYING PRIVATE - 8

Morning Line: 12-1

Owner: Robert Baker, William Mack

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Julien Leparoux

Career earnings: $259,080

2009 - starts: 8; 1st: 0; 2nd: 3; 3rd: 0

Career - starts: 12; 1st: 1; 2nd: 4; 3rd: 0

Last three: Preakness (4th), Kentucky Derby (19th), Arkansas Derby (5th).

Jerardi's breakdown: Last in the Derby before making a solid late run to be fourth in the Preakness. Just one win in 12 starts.

MINER'S ESCAPE - 9

Morning Line: 15-1

Owner: Bob LaPenta

Trainer: Nick Zito

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

Career earnings: $70,590

2009 - starts: 4; 1st: 2; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0

Career - starts: 7; 1st: 2; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0

Last three: Federico Tesio (1st), maiden special at Gulfstream (1st), maiden special at Gulfstream (4th).

Jerardi's breakdown: Won the Tesio Stakes in a career-best performance, but not close on the numbers. Still, Nick Zito has a way of winning big races with longshots.

BRAVE VICTORY - 10

Morning Line: 15-1

Owner: Bob LaPenta

Trainer: Nick Zito

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

Career earnings: $110,533

2009 - starts: 4; 1st: 1; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 1

Career - starts: 9; 1st: 2; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 1

Last three: Peter Pan Stakes (3rd), Lexington Handicap (7th), Swale Stakes (4th).

Jerardi's breakdown: Third behind Charitable Man in the Peter Pan Stakes. Only 2-for-9 in his career. Another Nick Zito Belmont longshot.

Where to wager

ON TRACK

Philadelphia Park: 3001 Street Road, Bensalem, 215-639-9000

Harrah's Chester: 777 Harrahs Blvd., Chester, 800-480-8020

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OFF-TRACK PARLORS

Center City:

1635 Market St.

215-246-1556

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South Philadelphia:

700 Packer Ave.

215-551-8270

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Northeast:

Roosevelt Mall

Cottman and Bustleton Aves.

215-338-1887

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Upper Darby:

150 S. 69th St.

610-352-5666

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Valley Forge:

Oaks Corporate Center

600 Cresson Blvd.

610-650-0100

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Brandywine:

1021 Baltimore Pike

Concordville

610-361-9000

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WAGERING TERMS

Win: Betting a horse to win the race.

Place: Betting a horse to finish first or second.

Show: Betting a horse to finish first, second or third.

Across the board: Betting an equal amount to win, place and show.

Exacta: A bet on which horses will finish first and second, in order.

Quinella: A bet on which horses will finish first and second, regardless of order.

Trifecta: A bet on which horses will finish first, second and third, in order.

Superfecta: A bet on which horses will finish first, second, third and fourth, in order.

Staff Picks

Dick Jerardi - Mine That Bird, Dunkirk, Charitable Man, Summer Bird

Ed Barkowitz - Mine That Bird, Charitable Man, Summer Bird, Dunkirk

Stan Hochman - Charitable Man, Flying Private, Mine That Bird, Summer Bird