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Point Given
winner of the Belmont Stakes with Gary Stevens up.

Belmont Stakes Results

Dateline: 06/09/01

Although there was no Triple Crown possibility this year, the Belmont Stakes did have both the Derby winner Monarchos and the Preakness winner Point Given in the field to settle the score. This resulted in a crowd of 73,857 attending, the fourth largest in track history and largest without a Triple Crown at stake. Point Given made history even before the race as the only horse since the introduction of the starting gate to draw the outside post in all three Triple Crown races. He was also the betting favorite in each event and this time was sent off at 1.35-1 in the Belmont while Derby winner Monarchos was the 5-1 second choice.

Dr Greenfield, shipped in from England by owners Team Valor, was fractious behind the gate and refused to load, forcing jockey Edgar Prado to dismount. He climbed back aboard once Dr Greenfield was finally pushed into the gate by the assistant starters.

As expected, when the gate opened, Balto Star was immediately sent to the lead by jockey Chris McCarron. Saving ground along the inside with a comfortable one length lead over Buckle Down Ben, he set initial fractions of 23.95 and 48.00 when he tired and gave way. Monarchos stayed at the back of the pack early, gained 3rd place having passed Balto Star and Buckle Down Ben and would hold that position to the finish. 6-1 third choice A P Valentine raced 6 wide, made headway on the far turn and got up to 2nd after a mile, but was no match for the winner who was drawing away from him. Point Given, who stalked the pace 5 wide in 3rd place, poked his head in front after 3/4 miles run in 1:11.78 and he would not look back, running 1 1/4 in 2:00.76 and finishing the 1 1/2 mile distance in 2:26.56, winning by 12 1/4 lengths over A P Valentine. The final time equals the 4th fastest in Belmont history

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 9   Point Given        Stevens          4.70    3.70  3.00
 8   A P Valentine      Espinoza                 5.00  3.90
 5   Monarchos          Chavez                         4.20

Winning Time:  2:26.56

$2 Exacta 9-8                  20.60
$2 Trifecta 9-8-5              76.00
$2 Superfecta 9-8-5-3         183.50
Results Chart


The field breaks from the gate in the 133rd Belmont Stakes. As expected, Balto Star went right to the front.

 
Point Given all alone at the finish. He was so far ahead that Stevens actually looked back wondering where the competition was! Trainer Bob Baffert said: "We knew he was a great horse and today was his day to really put on a show for everybody." Photos courtesy of Tina Hines


Another view of the finish courtesy of Deborah Kral


Prince Ahmed bin Salman and Bob Baffert get congratulations from Penny Chenery the owner of Secretariat. Trainer Bob Baffert said, "It wasn't his day at the Derby. But we're not going to look back. We enjoyed the Preakness. We enjoyed the Belmont. He showed what he could do. If he stays together, we're going to have a lot of fun."

 
Point Given gets a big kiss from Prince Ahmed. Prince Ahmed said, "I would like to dedicate this victory to the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They deserve this. This is for them, not for me." Photos courtesy of Tina Hines


Prince Ahmed leads his Belmont winner to the winner's circle. Jockey Gary Stevens said of his third winner in the Belmont, "Today, he was a superstar and the fastest horse. I can't help but think what might have been if he had won the Kentucky Derby. He could have had a Triple Crown next to his name. But it's a great day for the both of us."


Former President Bill Clinton and his wife Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton were on hand to watch the races and presented the trophy to the winner.


Point Given in the post parade. Known to be flighty at times, he was a perfect gentleman today. Trainer Bob Baffert said, "Hopefully, if he stays sound, he should get better with age. He's just learning how to run and he's just a big, powerful; horse, I was quite impressed with myself watching him come down the lane."


Second place finisher A P Valentine preparing to enter the starting gate. Trainer Nick Zito said, "I thought A P Valentine would explode in the stretch. We'll be back. He never quit or threw in the towel. I hope by the Travers, we can beat Point Given. Now, I can prepare the right way. We'll keep trying to beat that horse. We ran into a monster."


Third place finisher and Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos in the paddock prior to the race. He was the second favorite in the wagering. Trainer John Ward said, "He ran all right. He ran like a tired horse. He tried to make a rally and it didn't happen. When he gets to Saratoga, he'll be a fresher horse. The winner ran an over-the-top race, and I congratulate him. Our horse ran his race, and I think we'll see the other guy down the road."


European invader Dr. Greenfield threw an absolute fit before he would finally go in the starting gate. His antics must have drained him as he was eased from the race. Trainer Gerard Butler said, "We are very disappointed. That was not the true Dr Greenfield on the track today. I don't know why he acted up at the starting gate like that; I never saw that in him before. From there, he just lost interest in the race."


Point Given gets hosed down after leaving the winner's circle courtesy of Deborah Kral

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