The Blood-Horse: 06/14/2008 issue
Da' Tara and Alan Garcia take the Belmont Stakes.
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Meanwhile, Derby and Preakness Winner (and Belmont favorite) Big Brown was eased and finished last.
Casino Drive's Belmont Plans were derailed by injury. He stayed in the barn on Belmont day.
Photo: Rick Samuels
Trainer Nick Zito enjoys another Belmont triumph.
Photo: Eliot J. Schechter
Owner Robert LaPenta celebrates with the Belmont Stakes trophy.
Photo: SKIP DICKSTEIN
Jockey Alan Garcia was all smiles after winning the Belmont Stakes in his first attempt.
WinStar farm where Da' Tara was born and where his sire, TizNow, stands.
Photo: Doug Prather
Tiznow, sire of Da' Tara, is a direct male descendant of Man o' War which makes Da' Tara the first classics winner from that line since War Admiral won the Triple Crown in 1937.
Torchera - dam of Da' Tara
Photo: Cindy Mikell
Shaquille O'Neal attracted a lot of attention at Belmont, especially on account of his attire.
But, the main focus was the horses.
Photo: Mike Corrado
Jockey Kevin Manning celebrates after winning the Vodafone Epsom Derby with New Approach.
Photo: Trevor Jones
At Chantilly, Zarkava and Christophe Soumillon kiss the competition good-bye in the French Oaks.
Photo: John Crofts
Artiste Royal and jockey David Flores, right, outrun Monzante (Joel Rosario), left, to win the Grade I, $300,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap, Saturday, June 7, 2008 at Hollywood Park.
Photo: Benoit Photo
Lethal Heat and jockey Rafael Bejarano, middle, hold off Smooth Performer (Michael Baze), outside, and Tasha's Miracle (Martin Garcia), inside, to win the Grade II, $150,000 Hollywood Oaks.
Dancing Forever (inside) slips through on the rail to win the Manhattan in a head-bob over Out of Control (middle).
Photo: Adam Coglianese
Ventura kicks clear to take the Just a Game under Garrett Gomez.
J Be K powers to victory in the Woody Stephens.
Zaftig sweeps to victory in the Acorn leaving 2-year old champ Indian Blessing behind.
Benny the Bull gets there late in the True North to give the IEAH team something to cheer about early on Belmont Day.
Delosvientos leads from start to finish in the Brooklyn.
Hall of Fam Trainer Warren A. "Jimmy" Croll, best known as the trainer of Holy Bull, died on June 6.
Silver Hawk, who sired 76 stakes winners, was euthanized at age 29.
Photo: Tony Leonard
Photo: Lindsay Silverman
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