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2009 Belmont Contenders

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Belmont Secretariat Statue

The Secretariat Statue at Belmont Park

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Updated June 03, 2009

Belmont Stakes entries are here!

We are down to the final race of the Triple Crown now, and unfortunately we won't get to see a showdown between Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness runner-up Mine That Bird and Preakness and Kentucky Oaks winning filly Rachel Alexandra. After much consideration, on May 29 her connections finally announced their decision to not send her to the Belmont. Majority owner Jess Jackson said, "Since March 14, Rachel has won four graded races with just two weeks rest between her last two victories. We will always put her long-term well-being first. And, of course, we want to run her when she is fresh."

This means Mine That Bird will keep jockey Calvin Borel aboard, and it makes his chances to wins the Belmont Stakes look even better. So far it looks like there will be ten to twelve horses enter, with the most serious challengers for him to be Charitable Man, Chocolate Candy, and Dunkirk.

Below is the current list of horses planning to start in the Belmont Stakes. Entries will be drawn on Wednesday June 3, so check back that afternoon for the final list and post positions.

Click the horse's name to see a profile with lots of information, stats, and a photo.

Triple Crown quick links:

HorseTrainerDosageJockey
Brave VictoryZito 4.33Maragh
Charitable ManMcLaughlin 2.06 Garcia
Chocolate CandyHollendorfer 2.08 Gomez
DunkirkPletcher3.00 Velazquez
Flying PrivateLukas 3.67 Leparoux
Luv GovLukas 4.60 Mena
Mine That BirdWoolley Jr. 5.40 Borel
Miner's EscapeZito 3.80 Lezcano
Mr. Hot StuffHarty2.11Prado
Nowhere to HideZito 2.33?
Summer BirdIce 2.11 Desormeaux

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