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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Belmont blunder?

Calvin Borel said Mine That Bird was a bit rank down the backstretch. Others say he fell for what many riders have before him - the early move in the Belmont. Turf writers are torn. What do you think? Read More

 

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I just think it was the horse. I have read in several places that he was pretty wound before the race. I think calvin thought he had to let him go instead of fighting and holding him back and having nothing to give later on. Though i do agree calvin should have gotten a race or two at belmont prior to the race either the same day or earlier that week.
In watching the replays of the Triple Crown races, Mine That Bird had a sustained late move of three furlongs in the Derby and just over two furlongs in the Preakness. In the Belmont Stakes, his late move started about two to three furlongs back. He ran a very good race. He ran his race, but he flattened out and came up short. He was the only real contender to have run in both the Derby and the Preakness. That to have take some punch out of this overachiever. Even Borel said in the warm ups that MTB was "running hot". Dunkirk and Summer Bird were fresh horses. They will also both prove to be superior to Mine That Bird in the months ahead. Let's face it MTB had his 15 minutes of fame, he ran his heart out and he ran way beyond anyone's expectations. He'll win more races with the perfect set up but he certainly won't win 3 year old of the year by the time we wrap up on 2009.
Calvin and his connections did not see fit to have one race under their belt on the Belmont card before the Belmont stakes. I think he should have been taking mounts all week, as this is not his home track. He was in the New York area all week. Other than that, the race ran to its outcome and that's it for the history book.
It just shows you... the Belmont Stakes is a tough race to win. Probably tougher than any other flat race in North America.

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