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2005 Belmont Contenders


Belmont Secretariat Statue

The Secretariat Statue at Belmont Park

Cindy Pierson Dulay
Updated June 09, 2005


For the first time since 2001, there will not be a Triple Crown possibility going into the Belmont Stakes, as Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo was unable to win the Preakness, defeated by Afleet Alex. Afleet Alex was favored in both the Derby and Preakness, and trainer Tim Ritchey has already committed to sending him to New York to contest the 1 1/2 miles at Belmont Park, where he is likely to be the favorite yet again. Ritchey said that he would not enter only if Afleet Alex sustained an injury from the bumping incident with Scrappy T. "We'll have to monitor him for at least three or four days," Ritchey said the day after the Preakness. "What concerns me is muscle injuries, because he was contorted in a way that horses aren't meant to be. But he walked perfect today."

Here is the current list of horses planning to start in the Belmont. This should change a lot over the next week as trainers decide who to send. Click the horse's name to see a profile with lots of information, stats, and a photo where available. A star by the dosage indicates a dual qualifier.

Triple Crown quick links:

Afleet Alex Tim Ritchey 2.11 *Jeremy Rose
Andromeda's Hero Nick Zito 2.78Rafael Bejarano
A.P. Arrow D. Wayne Lukas 3.80Jose Valdivia Jr.
Buzzards BayJeff Mullins1.50Mark Guidry
Chekhov Patrick Biancone 2.69Gary Stevens
Don't Get Mad Ron Ellis 2.27Tyler Baze
GiacomoJohn Shirreffs4.33Mike Smith
Indy StormNick Zito 2.25Edgar Prado
Nolan's CatDale Romans 2.14undecided
Pinpoint Nick Zito 2.47Rafael Bejarano
Reverberate Sal Russo 1.11Jose Santos
Sort It Out Bob Baffert 1.67Brice Blanc
Southern Africa Michael Puhich 3.00Jon Court
Watchmon Patrick Reynolds 1.67Jose Santos

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