Welcome to Belmont Park for the 142nd Belmont Stakes.
Photo: Skip Dickstein
Rise and Shine, it's time for the Belmont Stakes.
Photo: Rick Samuels
The Belmont field was set pretty early, with only Interactif emerging as a new contender.
First Dude spent 2 weeks getting acquainted with the big turns of Belmont.
Trainer Alexis Barba kept a sharp eye on her charge Make Music for Me.
And Make Music for Me thrived under her care.
Bob Hut, Managing Partner of Fantasy Lane Stable, is all smiles, despite having to coordinate the 59 owners of Uptowncharlybrown.
Game On Dude went through his paces under the watchful eye
of Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.
Fellow Hall of Famer Nick Zito had 2 to keep an eye on. Icebox
and Fly Down.
Drosselmeyer was looking like a winner on the Belmont strip.
Belmont Stakes week began in earnest with the draw.
The joy of draw day was diminished by the announcement of the retirement of Jockey Richard Migliore.
Dave in Dixie drew the rail, appropriate since Calvin Borel has the mount.
The number 3 hole belonged to Uptowncharlybrown.
Make Music for Me scoffed at his 10-1 morning line.
Stablemates Fly Down (left) and Ice Box can't get away from each other, they drew the 5 and 6 respectfully.
Lucky #7 for Drosselmeyer
Stately Victor was a picture of concentration.
Stay Put was a newcomer to the Triple Crown.
First Dude seemed unphased by drawing the #11 post.
Interactif drew the outside post for the Belmont run.
Krypton started the stakes action off with a hard fought neck victory over Nordic Truce in the Hill Prince (gr. III) on Friday.
Krypton and Rajiv Maragh survived an inquiry and an objection, before heading to the Winner's Circle.
Friday's Brooklyn (gr. II) was even closer, as Alcomo (left) just caught Gabriel's Hill at the wire.
Securing the premises on Belmont Stakes morning.
Finding a quiet moment before the chaos of the day.
Supplies for the big day.
Photo: Mathea Kelley
Warming up the crowd
I think they are already warm.
Looking for the Belmont winner.
Belmont Style on display.
Taking in all the action.
D' Funnybone sat off the early pace and rolled in the stretch to win the Woody Stephens (gr. II).
Proviso flew down the turf to score in the Just a Game Stakes (gr. I).
Bribon went from last to first to capture the True North (gr. II).
Champagne d'Oro led all the way to take the Acorn Stakes (gr. I).
Winchester upset the Manhattan (gr. I), paying $44.80 for the win.
Sarah Palin was checking out the paddock, rumor was she liked First Dude.
The Call to the Post for the Belmont Stakes
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