The 2010 Triple Crown campaign concluded in New York on Saturday with the 142nd renewal of the $1 million Belmont Stakes (G1) before a crowd of 45,243 under sunny skies. A field of 10 three-year-olds contested the 1 1/2 mile "Test of the Champion", with Kentucky Derby runner-up Ice Box sent off as the 9-5 favorite over stablemate Fly Down, winner of the Dwyer at Belmont Park by 6 lengths in his last start, and 6-1 third choice First Dude, a close second after setting the pace in the Preakness last out for trainer Dale Romans.
First Dude went to lead and set easy fractions of 24.15, 49.19, 1:14.94, and 1:40.25, while Interactif stalked him 1 1/2 lengths back in second. Ice Box was unhurried in 8th some 9 lengths off the pace early. First Dude continued to lead on the far turn and into the stretch, getting 1 1/4 miles in 2:04.97. Interactif tired and dropped out of contention as Game on Dude, who was 3rd early, moved up to challenge. Drosselmeyer, who was 5th early, came out 5 wide for run and rallied well, passing the pacesetter inside the 1/16 pole to win by 3/4 length in 2:31.57 over the fast track. Fly Down closed from 6th to nose out pacesetter First Dude for second money. Favorite Ice Box gained ground on the far turn on the inside, but when switched outside for his rally at the 1/4 pole, lacked further response finishing 9th beaten 11 1/4 lengths.
Belmont Undercard Stakes - the Manhattan Handicap (G1), Just a Game Stakes (G1), Acorn Stakes (G1), True North Handicap (G2), and Woody Stephens Stakes (G2)