2013 Belmont Stakes Sights

All the action leading up to the big race on Belmont Stakes day.

Secretariat watches over Belmont Stakes day.

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Photo: Rick Samuels

The track was pretty soupy on Saturday morning, but the sun was peeking through.

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Photo: Rick Samuels

Tractors work on the track, with blue skies on the horizon.

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Photo: Rick Samuels

Yes, there is sun at Belmont today.

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

It was a busy day for Glen Kozak, NYRA vice president of facilities and racing surfaces.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

The Triple Crown banners greet visitors at Belmont Park.

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Ron Turcotte's and Secretariat's banners.

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Ron Turcotte and Charlie Davis sign Secretariat memorabilia on the 40th anniversary of Secretariat's Belmont Stakes win.

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Secretariat's pole, marking the length of his victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes.

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

"31" on the pole designates the winning margin for Secretariat in the Belmont.

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

47,562 came out to enjoy Belmont Stakes day.

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Photo: Rick Samuels

Studying the possibllities

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Heading to the track for race number 1.

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Let's get this day started.

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That's a Winner!

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

I got the horse right here!

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

The only way to handicap.

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Power Broker could not be caught in the Easy Goer,

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

as he and Rosie Napravnik crossed the line 3 3/4 lengths in front.

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Photo: Rick Samuels

Which way to the Winner's Circle?

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Nice pants.

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Jockey silks are always fashionable.

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Hats, not just for Derby day.

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Fast Bullet lived up to his name in the True North (gr. II), going right to the front,

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

and shaking off entrymate Justin Phillip,

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

for a 2 1/2-length win under Joel Rosario.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

There he is, that's the one I bet, the winner.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

People will go to elaborate lengths to sneak alcohol into Belmont Park.

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

Checking the twitter feed. Is my hat trending?

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

John Velazquez took Stephanie's Kitten up the rail in the Just a Game (gr. IT),

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

and fought off Better Lucky

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

for a 1/2-length win.

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Stephanie's Kitten and John Velazquez in the Winner's Circle after the Just a Game.

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Photo: Dave Harmon

Listen, you can hear the sounds of Belmont Park.

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Forty Tales (left) was far back early in the Woody Stephens (gr. II), but rolled home late,

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Photo: Skip Dickstein

Clearly Now (center) and Declan's Warrior were in the mix late as well,

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

but that was a battle for second, as Forty Tales had the momentum and the victory.

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Photo: Dave Harmon

High-stepping at Belmont Park.

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Photo: Dave Harmon

He's partial to the Birdstones.

Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Jockey in training. This one looks like a sure winner.

Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Off in the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT).

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Photo: Dave Harmon

Heavy favorite Point of Entry did not disappoint,

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Photo: Rick Samuels

Finishing strong to win the Manhattan by 1 1/2 lengths under John Velazquez.

Photo: Dave Harmon

Jenn Patterson greets Point of Entry after victory in the Manhattan.

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

The best reward after a hard fought win.

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Photo: Dave Harmon

Here come the carnations.

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Photo: Rick Samuels

and now the gate is in place. Time for the main event.

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Photo: Chad B. Harmon

Let the horses fly home in the Belmont.

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Photo: Rick Samuels

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