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Da' Tara with his flowers
Da' Tara with his flower blanket after winning the 2008 Belmont Stakes
© Terence Dulay
Winning jockey Alan Garcia said, "On the back side, he was comfortable and he was playing with his ears and I was so happy by the 5/8 pole, I was looking and thinking I have a shot and when I move my horse to the 1/2 mile pole, he takes off and I said, "Oh, my God, Da' Tara, you can do it."