Belmont Stakes Day Undercard

Saturday June 11, 2011: Belmont Park

Seal Cove (#5; Javier Castellano up) comes from far back in the ten-horse field to pass his rivals in the stretch and win race 1, an allowance on the turf for competitors three and older. Eternal Ruler (#6) finished second.
Waywardwilie, who led until mid-stretch in the first race, is hosed off after finishing fourth.
August Osage, ridden by Jose Lezcano, wins race 2, six and a half furlongs on the dirt for maidens three and upward.
Not Now Ashley, a three-year-old Tiznow colt ridden by David Cohen, returns after his fourth-place finish in race 2.
In Just We Trust, left, Alan Garcia up, passes Easy Gallop in the stretch en route to winning race 3, a six-furlong claiming race on the sloppy dirt track.

Jorge Chavez returns from race 3 caked with mud after his eighth-place finish on Mystic Era.
In Just We Trust, claimed for $10,000, leaves the winner's circle to be taken to the barn of his new trainer.
Johannesburg Smile and Javier Castellano win race 4, a one-mile allowance on the dirt.
This was the final race for Ripples n' Waves, a three-year-old chestnut colt by Malibu Moon who sustained a severe front-leg injury on the muddy track and was later euthanized.
Jockey David Cohen receives congratulations after winning race five, a one and one-sixteenth mile turf allowance, on Power Dreams.
Turbulent Descent enters the track for race 6, the 81st running of the grade I Acorn, one mile on the dirt for three-year-old fillies. Having won five of six lifetime starts, she was the favorite coming into this race.
Her Smile, Garrett Gomez up, joins the post parade for the Acorn.
It's Tricky, ridden by Eddie Castro, wins the Acorn, beating runner-up Turbulent Descent by three and three quarter lengths.
It's Tricky heads to the winner's circle. The aptly-named filly, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, is known for being difficult to handle.
Edgar Prado has the mount on D'Funnybone in race 7, the grade II True North.
Calibrachoa, Cornelio Velasquez up, joins the post parade for the True North, a handicap stake for horses three and upward.
Trappe Shot, who ran in longer races in 2010 as a three-year-old, including the Haskell and the Travers, wins the six-furlong True North by eight and a half lengths. Kiaran McLaughlin trains him.
D'Funnybone, trained by Rick Dutrow, returns after his fourth-place finish.
Justin Phillip, Ramon Dominguez up, wins the grade II Woody Stephens, seven furlongs on the dirt for three-year-olds.
Farthest back for most of the race, Derivative and jockey Joel Rosario get the worst of the mud before finishing last of five in the Woody Stephens.
C.S. Silk, Javier Castellano up, wins the grade I Just A Game Stakes, one mile on the turf for fillies and mares three and older.

Fourth-place finisher Justaroundmidnight and Garrett Gomez return after the Just A Game Stakes.
Javier Castellano keeps a tight hold on C.S. Silk as they head to the winner's circle. The five-year-old mare, sired by Medaglia d'Oro, is trained by Dale Romans.
Gio Ponti, ridden by Ramon Dominguez, crosses over to the inner turf for race 10, the grade I Manhattan Handicap.

Nine competitors, ranging in age from four to seven, take part in the Manhattan, the final race before the Belmont Stakes.
Longshot Mission Approved, Jose Espinoza up, wins the Manhattan for trainer/owner Naipaul Chatterpaul. Bim Bam (#8 in previous photo), at even longer odds, took second by a head over favorite Gio Ponti.
The undercard also included two six-furlong races on the inner turf following the Belmont Stakes. Dr. W won the first of them, a claiming race, and A Rod was the victor in race 13, a maiden special weight.
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