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Belmont Stakes 2012 Bloodlines: Dullahan

Dullahan captures the 2012 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.
by Jarrod Horak
 
Which horse has the best pedigree to handle twelve furlongs in the final leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday, June 9 at Belmont Park? My Belmont Stakes alphabetical list continues with Dullahan.  
 
Dullahan’s sire Even The Score raced 29 times from 2001-04. He won the G2 Mervyn LeRoy and G2 Californian before finishing 3rd in the G1 Hollywood Gold Cup to end his career in 2004. He banked more than $751k in his career. His current stud fee is $10k and in addition to Dullahan he is also responsible for multiple grade one winner Take The Points.
 
Even The Score’s sire Unbridled’s Song (by Unbridled) earned more than a cool million on the racetrack and was on the Triple Crown trail in 1996. The ’95 BC Juvenile hero won the G1 Florida Derby and G2 Wood Memorial before finishing 5th as the favorite in the ’96 Derby.  He is responsible for more than 90 stakes winners including Unrivaled Belle, Midshipman, and Mission Impazible.   
 
Even The Score’s dam Ashtabula (by Rahy) raced 36 times with earnings of $321,748. She finished 3rd in the 1995 Bayakoa Handicap (G2).  
 
 
 
Dullahan’s mother Mining My Own (by Smart Strike) never raced but is best known for throwing 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. The latter finished 3rd behind Summer Bird and Dunkirk in the Belmont Stakes.  
 
Smart Strike (by Mr. Prospector) went 6-for-8 in 1995-96 including wins in Monmouth’s G3 Salvator Mile and G1 Iselin. He has sired many stakes winners including Curlin (2nd Belmont Stakes), English Channel, Lookin At Lucky, and My Miss Aurelia.  
 
Mining My Own’s dam Aspenelle (by Vice Regent) won 2 of 4 starts in 1993 and wrapped up her career with a place finish in the nine furlong Canadian Oaks.
 
Dullahan definitely gets the bulk of his stamina from the female side of his pedigree and has some marathon influences on the bottom as well. He is 2-for-2 at Keeneland (polytrack) and is 0-for-7 on dirt/turf. He packs a decent stretch kick but his late pace ratings are surprisingly light. He will try to get involved late under new rider Javier Castellano in the Test of Champions.  
 

 

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I didn't say he was going to win. TV, the belmont field tends to be a pack, usually 5 lengths long. That means no deep closers.
cocoa quick give me a deep closer that won the belmont
What deep closers' does not?
dullahan style says grass
The 0-7 dirt statistic means nothing, this horse can run on dirt. His issue is starting his run. If Belmont is fast this is your horse, if it is slow look for someone closer to the pace
I wanna go with Dullahan too...but the 0-7 dirt/turf statistic worries me :/ I'm sure he will charge into top 3, but beyond that, who knows
I see Dullahan as the biggest threat now, he can go the distance and he is FRESH, that means a lot
IHA has run 4 incredible races in 2012 and I do believe Lava Man is allowed to move to the detension barn with IHA
one thing many an inexperienced rider does at Belmont is to misjudge their final moves. THAT stretch is like no other they ever will see
(continue)the problem is there has been too many changes and distractions for IHA and their handlers.,ie no nose strips allowed, the barn change will not allow Lava Man to move with IHA, trainers MO has been distracted and under spotlight. Dullahan is a fresh horse with an amazing closing kick ideal for winning the Belmont providing the pace set up doesn't allow the speed to steal the race (Da Tara). The jockey on IHA will make his move at exactly the same time as he did in both the prior two races and the other jockeys will adjust accordingly. If IHA is good enough to overcome those challenges he will go down in history as one of the "greats". For those odds I will bet Dullahan a fresh horse with the closing time to win the Belmont. This race will be good for racing no matter which way the race is run provided it is safe for both jockeys and horses and without Desemousmo (sorry about spelling) who lost on Real Quiet and Big Brown it should be a better run race. Ask Bob Baffert about that story and the handlers of Big Brown? Someday that story will shock racing-no wonder he drinks too much! Horseracing is a great game but since gambling is involved its not perfect! Good luck to all!!
IHA has run two incredible races and the jockey will not make any changes in the way he runs this race, the problem
IHA has run two incredible races and the jockey will not make any changes in the way he runs this race, the problem

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