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Da' Tara in the winner's circle
Da' Tara in the winner's circle after the 2008 Belmont Stakes
© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Winning trainer Nick Zito said, "I want to thank God obviously. And(New York State Governor David Patterson) put it best. His relation put the shoes on Upset (when he beat Man o'War in the 1919 Sanford at Saratoga). That's the game. You keep trying. I have a tremendous staff and tremendous people that help me all day. I can't do it myself. That's the way the business is. I've been on the losing end. The champ, Big Brown, didn't run his race today. He wasn't himself. Da' Tara was himself. Alan is an aggressive jockey, too, and I felt they fit together. Tiznow won the Breeders' Cup Classic here (in 2001) and breeding is important to me."