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Belmont Contenders

Updated: 05/30/01

Here you will find photos of and links to info about all the current top Belmont prospects. This list will be updated regularly until post positions are drawn for the Belmont when I will change it to the actual entries. Expect lots of changes as we get closer to race day.

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NTRA Three-Year-Old Poll 5/29/01

     HORSE              A-S STS-1-2-3   PTS  PVS  PROBABLE NEXT START    
 1.  Point Given  (16)  3-C   4-3-0-0  196   1    6/9 Belmont Stakes, BEL
 2.  Monarchos    (4)   3-C   5-4-1-0  178   2    6/9 Belmont Stakes, BEL
 3.  Congaree           3-C   5-3-0-2  143   3    7/15 Swaps Stakes, HOL 
 4.  Invisible Ink      3-C   5-2-1-1  109   4    6/9 Belmont Stakes, BEL
 5.  A P Valentine      3-C   5-1-1-1  103   5    6/9 Belmont Stakes, BEL
 6.  Thunder Blitz      3-C   5-1-2-1   79   6    6/9 Belmont Stakes, BEL
 7.  Flute              3-F   3-2-1-0   61   7    Undecided              
 8.  Hero's Tribute     3-C   4-2-0-1   53   -    7/15 Swaps Stakes, HOL 
 9.  Dollar Bill        3-C   5-1-0-1   34   9    6/9 Belmont Stakes, BEL
10.  Golden Ballet      3-F   5-4-1-0   31   8    Undecided              

A P Valentine

Trainer:   Nick Zito
Jockey:   Victor Espinoza
Foaling Date:   2-14-98
Dosage Profile:   10-4-20-2-2
Dosage Index/CD:   1.71   0.47
2-year-old Record: 4 starts 2-0-1   $329,110
Note: Finished 7th in the Kentucky Derby with much trouble.

Balto Star

Trainer:   Todd Pletcher
Jockey:   Mark Guidry
Foaling Date:   3-7-98
Dosage Profile:   10-3-10-3-2
Dosage Index/CD:   1.80   0.57
2-year-old Record: 3 starts 0-0-0   $3,750
Note: Won the Spiral Stakes at Turfway and the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn then tanked in the Derby finishing 14th.

Buckle Down Ben

Trainer:   D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey:   uncertain
Foaling Date:   3-25-98
Dosage Profile:   4-2-5-1-0
Dosage Index/CD:   2.43   0.75
2-year-old Record: 4 starts 2-0-2   $111,000
Note: Finished 6th in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway. Skipped the Derby to prep for the Belmont.

Dollar Bill

Trainer:   Dallas Stewart
Jockey:   Pat Day
Foaling Date:   3-27-98
Dosage Profile:   4-3-10-1-0
Dosage Index/CD:   2.00   0.56
2-year-old Record: 5 starts 2-2-0   $258,696
Note: Poor showing in the Kentucky Derby but still going on to the Preakness.

Dr. Greenfield

Trainer:   Gerald Butler
Jockey:   Jerry Bailey
Foaling Date:   3-19-98
Dosage Profile:   4-2-5-3-0
Dosage Index/CD:   1.55   0.50
2-year-old Record: 2 starts 1-0-0   $3,334
Note: Shipping over from England where he won the Dee Stakes at Chester on May 10th.

Griffinite

Trainer:   Jennifer Leigh-Pedersen
Jockey:   Shaun Bridgmohan
Foaling Date:   4-8-98
Dosage Profile:   10-6-10-0-2
Dosage Index/CD:   3.00   0.79
2-year-old Record: 6 starts 2-0-1   $71,912
Note: Finished 5th in the Preakness and next start is uncertain.

Invisible Ink

Trainer:   Todd Pletcher
Jockey:   John Velazquez
Foaling Date:   4-16-98
Dosage Profile:   9-1-8-0-0
Dosage Index/CD:   3.50   1.06
2-year-old Record: 3 starts 1-1-0   $36,060
Note: Rallied late to get second in the Kentucky Derby. Skipped the Preakness to rest for the Belmont.

Monarchos

Trainer:   John T. Ward Jr.
Jockey:   Jorge Chavez
Foaling Date:   2-9-98
Dosage Profile:   2-2-13-1-0
Dosage Index/CD:   1.40   0.28
2-year-old Record: 2 starts 0-0-1   $4,030
Note: Impressive winner of the Kentucky Derby will start in the Preakness next.

Point Given

Trainer:   Bob Baffert
Jockey:   Gary Stevens
Foaling Date:   3-27-98
Dosage Profile:   8-0-8-0-0
Dosage Index/CD:   3.00   1.00
2-year-old Record: 6 starts 3-3-0   $618,500
Note: Sent off as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby but flattened out to finish fifth. Next up is the Preakness.

Thunder Blitz

Trainer:   Joe Orseno
Jockey:   Edgar Prado
Foaling Date:   5-13-98
Dosage Profile:   4-2-4-2-0
Dosage Index/CD:   2.00   0.67
2-year-old Record: 4 starts 1-0-1   $31,080
Note: Won the Flamingo Stakes by 6 3/4 lengths and followed it up with a fourth place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

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All photos by Cindy Pierson or Terence Dulay except Griffinite which is courtesy of Tina Hines and Buckle Down Ben which is courtesy of Tom Sporney.

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