Belmont Stakes Weekend

Friday June 8, 2012 and Saturday June 9, 2012: Belmont Park

Friday Graded Stakes

Yield Bogey, Edgar Prado up, heads to the track for the 29th running of the Grade III Jaipur Stakes.

Right One, with Julien Leparoux, and Boots Ahead, ridden by Eddie Castro, will also compete in the Jaipur, the first of two graded stakes races on Friday.

Upgrade (#4), John Velazquez up, wins the seven-furlong turf event.
Birdrun, third from left, stumbles at the start of the 124th running of the Grade II Brooklyn Handicap, nearly losing jockey Rajiv Maragh.

Redeemed, Ramon Dominguez up, wins the mile-and-a-half Brooklyn.
Eldaafer, with Paco Lopez, is second. Birdrun and Maragh finished 9th in the eleven-horse field.

Saturday Undercard Races

Love to Run (#4), Junior Alvarado up, passes Tiz Yankee, Corey Nakatani up, to win race 2 on Saturday, a one-mile contest for maidens three years old and upward.
The blinkers come off of 6th-place finisher Reflecting.
Mineswept, ridden by Jose Ortiz, wins race 3 on Belmont Stakes Day, a one-mile allowance optional claiming race for New York-breds.
Overextended and David Cohen finish third.
#4 Define, Irad Ortiz Jr. up, beats #6 Ruthless Alley, Edgar Prado up, in a photo finish to win race 4, one and 1/16 miles on the inner turf for maidens three and upwards.
Lure of the South, ridden by Ariel Smith, finishes 4th in race 4.
Fast Falcon, Junior Alvarado up, joins the post parade for the Easy Goer Stakes, a mile and 1/16th for three-year-olds.

Teeth of the Dog, ridden by Joel Rosario, wins the Easy Goer by three and 3/4 lengths. 27-1 longshot Fast Falcon was second.
Teeth of the Dog is trained by Michael Matz.
Giant Ryan, Willie Martinez up, takes part in the post parade for race 7, the Grade II True North Handicap.

Caixa Eletronica (orange and blue silks), trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano, wins the $400,000, six-furlong True North.
While waiting for the equine ambulance to arrive, Willie Martinez supports Giant Ryan, who broke both sesamoids in his left front ankle during the stretch run of the True North.
Tapitsfly, Ramon Dominguez up, wins the Grade I Longines Just A Game Stakes, one mile on the turf for fillies and mares three years old and upward.

In second place is Winter Memories.
Dancing in her Dreams and Corey Nakatani are welcomed back after finishing 7th in the Just a Game.

Trinniberg wins the 28th running of the Grade II Woody Stephens, a seven-furlong race for three-year-olds.
Like Giant Ryan, who was severely injured in the True North, Trinniberg is owned by Shavananda Racing, trained by Bisnath Parboo and ridden by Willie Martinez.
Desert Blanc, ridden by Ramon Domiguez, wins the 111th running of the grade I Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap, a mile and a quarter on the turf.
Desert Blanc was bred in Great Britain and, except for this and one previous race at Belmont Park, has raced only in France.
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