2008 Belmont Stakes

Da'Tara wins Belmont, Big Brown denied Triple Crown.

And they're off…

Photo: Eliot Schechter

…in the 140th Belmont Stakes.

Photo: Coglianese Photos/dave Alcosser

There were no problems leaving the gate as all the horses got off to a clean start.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Da'Tara (6) jumped out to an early lead as the favorite, Big Brown (1), stayed along the rail in the early going.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Da'Tara maintains the lead as the field passes by the clubhouse for the first time.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Around the clubhouse turn it was Da'Tara (6) still holding onto the lead, followed closely by Tale of Ekati (7), Big Brown (1), and Anak Nakal (8).

Photo: Rick Samuels

The field charges down the backstretch.

Photo: Rick Samuels

The top four (Da'Tara, Tale of Ekati, Big Brown and Anak Nakal) continue to separate from the rest of the field on the backstretch as Big Brown heads to the outside.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Around the far turn the leader was still Da'Tara, as the rest of the field played catch up heading for the final stretch.

Photo: Mike Corrado

As the field turned for home, Big Brown (far left) plummetted as Da'Tara opened up on the field.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

When it was clear that he had no chance to make the board Big Brown was eased by jockey Kent Desormeaux at the top of the stretch.

Photo: Eliot Schechter

Photo: Jeffrey Snyder

Da'Tara had an impressive stretch run as he continued to pull away from the rest of the field.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Photo: Rick Samuels

Da'Tara wins the 140th Belmont Stakes in impressive fashion.

Photo: Jeffrey Snyder

Da'Tara claims a wire-to-wire victory.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Da'Tara's jockey Alan Garcia began celebrating.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Da'Tara's connections head to the winners circle.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Da'Tara's owner, Robert LaPenta, is presented the Belmont Stakes winning trophy.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Trainer Nick Zito and jockey Alan Garcia are enjoying the moment as they hoist the trophy.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Da'Tara, jockey Alan Garcia and trainer Nick Zito are congratulated as they make their way through the crowd.

Photo: Rick Samuels

Da'Tara is the winner of the 2008 Belmont Stakes.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

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