Belmont Stakes Day 2009

The Sights of 2009 Belmont Stakes Day.

Welcome to Belmont Stakes Day

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Saluting the Colors

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Friday was dark and dreary, as Summer Bird splashed through the slop.

Photo: Rick Samuels

And Mr. Hot Stuff played in the mud.

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But, the sun and the crowd came out on Saturday.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

The new ambassador for Horse Racing.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

The stakes begin with the speedy Fabulous Strike outrunning the field in the True North.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Great hats aren't only for the Derby.

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And in case you didn't bring your own hat.

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Diamondrella outruns champion Forever Together to take the Just a Game.

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Derby winner Mine That Bird showed his teeth Belmont Week.

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The Woody Stephens went to Munnings, whose blazed face marked the trail.

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It wouldn't be the Belmont Stakes without D. Wayne Lukas, who brought Luv Gov

Photo: Rick Samuels

and Flying Private.

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Gabby's Golden Gal shows the way in the Acorn Stakes.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Studying the horses with a careful eye.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Gio Ponti goes from last to first in the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap.

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Showing support for Calvin's Quest for the Triple Crown.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Others preferred Charitable Man

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or Dunkirk

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Important Security Detail

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The hardware is ready for its close-up.

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Posing for a group photo before the big event.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

And They're Off in the 141st Belmont Stakes!

Photo: Adam Coglianese

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