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1998 Belmont Stakes Results

Dateline: 6/8/98

Belmont Park

Well, it wasn't the result we all really hoped for but it was an exciting race anyway. Victory Gallop overcame a lot of doubts raised by his seeming to hang in the Preakness and the case of ringworm afterwards. Real Quiet showed he had heart and gave it his all but just came up a nose short. Many thought he was undeserving of becoming a Triple Crown winner and said the "racing gods" wouldn't let that happen. Guess they were right. Even if Victory Gallop hadn't gotten his nose in front, Real Quiet would have been disqualified for bearing out which would have been even worse than the loss by a nose. Attendance for the day was 80,162, the most since 1971.
Belmont Stakes Purse: $1,000,000 Distance: 1 1/2 miles Track Condition: Fast Final Time: 2:29.16 Horse Jockey Win Place Show 11 Victory Gallop Gary Stevens 11.00 3.60 3.20 8 Real Quiet Kent Desormeaux 3.00 2.60 2 Thomas Jo Chris McCarron 5.30 Also ran: 5 - Parade Ground,10 - Raffie's Majesty, 4 - Chilito, 13 - Grand Slam, 6 - Classic Cat, 7 - Limit Out, 12 - Yarrow Brae, 3 - Basic Trainee Scratched: Hanuman Highway (IRE), Hot Wells Pick 3 2-1-11 $27.00 Exacta 11-8 $17.60 Trifecta 11-8-2 $275.00 Winning Breeder: Tall Oaks Farm Winning Owner: Prestonwood Farm Winning Trainer: W. Elliott Walden
Sorry I was not able to update after early Thursday morning, but my laptop died on the trip up to NY and I was incommunicado until Saturday night. I took a ton of photos and have some of the best displayed on the pages linked below.

Photo Pages

The Belmont Stakes
The Acorn Stakes
The Manhattan Handicap
The Riva Ridge Stakes
The Just A Game Breeders' Cup Handicap
The True North Handicap
Miscellaneous Photos

Here is a collection of links to recaps, quotes, photos, video, and of course the chart.

More info on Victory Gallop:
Trainer: W. Elliott Walden
Owner: Prestonwood Farm
Jockey: Gary Stevens

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