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2009 Belmont Stakes

The 2009 Belmont Stakes was the 141st running of the Belmont Stakes. The race took place on June 6, 2009,[1] and was televised on ABC and ESPN360.com. The value of the race was $1,000,000 in stakes.[2] Post time was 6:19 p.m. EST. As the final jewel in the Triple Crown, this year's event was run without the elusive championship at stake as 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird was defeated in the Preakness. The attendance at Belmont Park was 52,861.[3]

Summer Bird closed stoutly in the stretch and was victorious over Dunkirk and Mine That Bird, who battled on for the minor placings.


Pre-race announcements

After winning the Preakness, connections of winner Rachel Alexandra were not committed to the race.[4] With a week before the race they decided not to enter the filly.[5]

Among the possible challengers to Mine That Bird are Summer Bird, who shares the same sire—Birdstone, and Chocolate Candy, Dunkirk, Flying Private, Brave Victory, Charitable Man, Luv Gov, Miner’s Escape, Mr. Hot Stuff and Nowhere To Hide.[6]



Results Post Horse Stakes
Win 4 Summer Bird $600,000
Place 2 Dunkirk $200,000
Show 7 Mine That Bird $100,000
Fourth 6 Charitable Man $50,000
Fifth 5 Luv Gov $30,000
  • Margins – 2¾ lengths, Neck
  • Time – 2:27.54
  • Track – Fast
  • All other runners received $4,000 in stakes
  • There was an inquiry filed by Charitable Man’s jockey Alan Garcia against Dunkirk for interference, but it was disallowed by the racing stewards[3]


$2 prices:[2]

Post Horse Win Place Show


Summer Bird









Mine That Bird


The Field

The draw for The Belmont Stakes was done on Wednesday, June 3, 2009.[7] Mine The Bird was made the morning line 2-1 favorite[7] and tried to become the 61st favorite to win and the first since Afleet Alex in 2005.[7]

Post Horse name Trainer Jockey Opening Odds Starting Odds[2] Finishing Pos.
1 Chocolate Candy Jerry Hollendorfer Garrett Gomez 10-1 9.50 9
2 Dunkirk Todd Pletcher John Velazquez 4-1 4.60 2
3 Mr. Hot Stuff Eoin Harty Edgar Prado 15-1 22.60 8
4 Summer Bird Tim Ice Kent Desormeaux 12-1 11.90 1
5 Luv Gov D. Wayne Lukas Miguel Mena 20-1 22.40 5
6 Charitable Man Kiaran McLaughlin Alan Garcia 3-1 4.60 4
7 Mine That Bird Bennie L. Woolley, Jr. Calvin Borel 2-1 1.25 3
8 Flying Private D. Wayne Lukas Julien Leparoux 12-1 17.30 6
9 Miner's Escape Nick Zito Joze Lezcano 15-1 22.00 10
10 Brave Victory Nick Zito Rajiv Maragh 15-1 27.50 7


  • Winner Summer Bird never ran as a 2YO[3]
  • First graded stakes victory for winning trainer Tim Ice[8]
  • Attendance at Belmont Park dropped 44% from 2008 due to no Triple Crown contender[9]
  • Second placed Dunkirk sustained a non-displaced condylar fracture of the left hind cannon bone.[10]

See also


  1. http://www.nyra.com/Belmont/Stakes/Belmont.shtml
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Official Chart of 2009 Belmont Stakes". Equibase. 2009-06-06. http://www.webcitation.org/5hLDBuPjJ. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Rosenblatt, Richard (2009-06-06). "It’s a bird who wins Belmont _ Summer Bird!". Associated Press. http://sports.yahoo.com/rah/news;_ylt=ArH2ae6NqDhTOw6IcfNT2VY5nYcB?slug=txbelmontstakes&prov=st&type=lgns. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  4. "Rachel Alexandra works out; no word on Belmont". Associated Press. 2009-05-25. http://sports.yahoo.com/rah/news;_ylt=AlMFmtje8sI.RPdR9uXX9oI5nYcB?slug=ap-belmont-rachelalexandra&prov=ap&type=lgns. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  5. Bailey, Steve (2009-05-30). "Rachel Alexandra out of Belmont Stakes". Thoroughbred Times. Archived from the original on 2009-06-20. http://www.webcitation.org/5hg3kCYnh. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  6. McMurray, Jeffrey (2009-05-30). "Preakness champ Rachel Alexandra won’t run Belmont". Associated Press. http://sports.yahoo.com/rah/news;_ylt=AiBGm9JwcK8VoVEtplc6EJE5nYcB?slug=ap-belmont-rachelalexandra&prov=ap&type=lgns. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Angst, Frank (2009-06-03). "Mine That Bird leads ten-horse Belmont field". Thoroughbred Times. http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2009/June/03/Belmont-Stakes-field.aspx. Retrieved 2009-06-03. 
  8. Bailey, Steve (2009-06-06). "Summer Bird soars to Belmont upset". Thoroughbred Times. Archived from the original on 2009-06-20. http://www.webcitation.org/5hg3lRWon. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  9. "Belmont Stakes attendance, handle dip". Thoroughbred Times. 2009-06-06. Archived from the original on 2009-06-20. http://www.webcitation.org/5hg3lnz1C. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  10. "Dunkirk sidelined with condylar fracture". Thoroughbred Times. 2009-06-09. Archived from the original on 2009-06-20. http://www.webcitation.org/5hg3mE90d. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 

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