Belmont Stakes Day

Saturday June 5, 2010: Belmont Park

D'Funnybone and Edgar Prado win the Woody Stephens, the first of six graded stakes races at Belmont Park on June 5th.
Discreetly Mine, Javier Castellano up, is the runner-up in the Woody Stephens, a seven-furlong, grade II stakes race for 3-year-olds.
Edgar Prado and D'Funnybone, who is trained by Richard Dutrow, Jr., head to the winner's circle.
Proviso, Mike Smith up, wins the grade I Just a Game Stakes for fillies and mares three and older, one mile on the Widener turf. Proviso is trained by Bill Mott.
Speak Easy Gal, ridden by Javier Castellano, finishes sixth in the Just a Game.
My Princess Jess is unsaddled after her third-place finish in the Just a Game Stakes. She was ridden by Cornelio Velasquez and is trained by Barclay Tagg (2nd from right.)
Elusive Warning, Alan Garcia up, takes part in the post parade before the 32nd running of the True North. The 6-year-old son of Elusive Quality finished fifth.
Bribon, a 7-year-old gelding trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Garrett Gomez, wins the True North, a six-furlong, grade II handicap stake for 3-year-olds and upward.
Longshot Champagne d'Oro (right), Martin Garcia up, beats Amen Hallelujah (#6) and ten other 3-year-old fillies to win the grade I Acorn Stakes.
Champagne d'Oro and Martin Garcia head to the winner's circle after the one-mile Acorn.
Ramon Dominguez has the mount on Gio Ponti for the grade I Manhattan Handicap Stake, one and a quarter miles on the inner turf. Favored to win, Gio Ponti finished second to longshot Winchester.
In the Belmont paddock, Grand Couturier awaits his rider for the Manhattan Handicap.
Take the Points, Edgar Prado up, joins in the post parade before the Manhattan.

Fifth-place finisher Just as Well, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, waits to be unsaddled after the Manhattan.
Winchester and Cornelio Velasquez head to the winner's circle after the Manhattan Handicap. Christophe Clement trains the 5-year-old son of Theatrical.
Uptowncharlybrown, with Rajiv Maragh, takes part in the post parade before the Belmont Stakes.
Fly Down and John Velazquez warm up for the big race. The Nick Zito-trained colt passed First Dude near the finish to take second place behind Drosselmeyer.
Start of the Belmont Stakes: Interactif (#12) and eleven other 3-year-olds race toward the first turn.
Fly Down (#5, left) moves up on the outside as Drosselmeyer (2nd from left) gains on leader First Dude (red cap.) Uptowncharlybrown (right) will finish 5th but then be disqualified and placed last because his weight pad fell onto the track during the race.

Drosselmeyer races to victory in the 142nd Belmont Stakes. Pacesetter First Dude (#11) finished third after being passed by a late-closing Fly Down.
Drosselmeyer and Mike Smith head to the winner's circle.The chestnut son of Distorted Humor is trained by Bill Mott.
Stately Victor, Alan Garcia up, returns to the unsaddling area. He finished eighth in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes.
First Dude led the whole way in the one and a half mile Belmont Stakes until Drosselmeyer passed him inside the sixteenth pole; then Fly Down's late charge bumped him from second to third.
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