Belmont stakes 2007

Belmont stakes 2007 DEFAULT

2007 Belmont Results

Date: 06/09/2007

The Triple Crown for 2007 wrapped up with the $1 million Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park in New York. Unfortunately, Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness runner-up Street Sense did not go, preventing a rematch which most fans would have enjoyed. Thankfully, forecasted rains did not materialize and the race was contested under overcast skies with temperatures in the 70's all day, before a relatively small on-track crowd of just 46,870. A compact field of just seven entered this 1 1/2-mile marathon, one lap of the vast main track, with Preakness winner Curlin sent off as the heavy 11-10 favorite. Rags to Riches, a filly taking on males for the first time, was the 4-1 second choice off her runaway win in the Kentucky Oaks in her last start. Kentucky Derby runner-up and Preakness third place finisher Hard Spun was the 5-1 third choice, getting new rider Garrett Gomez replacing regular jockey Mario Pino. Santa Anita Derby winner Tiago was the 7-1 third choice despite finishing a distant seventh in the Kentucky Derby in his last start.

Rags to Riches (7) stumbles at the start of the Belmont Stakes.
When the gate opened, Rags to Riches went to her knees at the start and was slowest away, as she spotted most of the field about 3 lengths, with only Imawildandcrazyguy slower away after bumping with Tiago at the break. 12-1 C P West and 18-1 longest shot Slew's Tizzy battled on the front end through fractions of 24.74, 50.14, 1:15.32, and 1:40.23 while Hard Spun stalked them close up in third, apparently fighting Gomez who was trying to slow him down. Rounding the far turn, the pacesetters tired badly and dropped out of contention, while Rags to Riches, who raced six wide throughout, moved up along the outside and took over the lead entering the stretch, getting 1 1/4 miles in 2:04.91. Curlin made his move alongside of her, and the pair hit the top of the lane setting up a battle to the finish. The two did not disappoint, battling neck and neck the length of the homestretch. Curlin drifted inwards slightly at the 3/16 pole, and the pair exchanged bumps inside the 1/8 pole. At the finish, Rags to Riches dug in to poke her head in front where it counts most, getting the victory in 2:28.74 for the 1 1/2 miles over the fast track. It was a long 5 1/2 lengths back to late-running Tiago in third, and 5 1/2 more to Hard Spun in fourth. Rags to Riches is only the third filly to win the Belmont, and the first since Tanya in 1905. She is also the only filly to win the Belmont at its current 1 1/2-mile distance.

Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 7 Rags to Riches Velazquez 10.60 4.40 3.20 3 Curlin Albarado 3.00 2.30 2 Tiago Smith 3.70 Winning Time: 2:28.74 $2 Exacta 7-3 25.20 $2 Trifecta 7-3-2 131.50 $2 Superfecta 7-3-2-6 242.50
Full results chart from DRF

Owners Doreen and Michael Tabor (left) and Derrick Smith (right) lead Rags to Riches down Victory Lane after winning the Belmont. Tabor said, "I just have so much confidence in this filly. I always thought she could do it. Take nothing away from Curlin who is a very special animal, but I always felt that she was just that much better than anything."

Rags to Riches with her happy connections in the winner's circle. Her trainer Todd Pletcher, celebrating his first win in a Triple Crown event, said, "It's a special feeling now matter when you do it, but when you do it with a filly for the first time in 102 years, it's really special. When she stumbled, I had an immediately bad feeling. But Johnny (Velazquez) and I talked and we wanted to be patient, keep her face clean. We're fortunate to get it done."

The connections with the Belmont trophy. From left to right: Doreen Tabor, Michael Tabor, trainer Todd Pletcher, jockey John Velazquez, and Derrick Smith. Tabor said, "I know over here it's a big deal, the girls against the boys. We're not so used to that in Europe. So for me, yeah, the girls can take on the boys. For us, it's all about the prestige of a filly winning a Belmont, because we're not going to sell her anyway. So it's all about prestige, as you say, she's not a colt. If it was a colt, it puts a different perspective on it. As it's a filly, we are just here to enjoy and win, and obviously, I suppose if we were a seller, it would put value on her. We hope to breed from her and enjoy the produce."

Rags to Riches with her Belmont Stakes carnations. Her jockey John Velazquez, celebrating his first Belmont Stakes win, said, "She stumbled in error and the first thing I thought was, 'Why did it happen right now?' But Todd and I had talked and all we wanted was to give her a good chance around the turn. We didn't want her jumping up and wasting a lot of energy. Garrett Gomez told me she will give you 100 percent without asking. It was unfortunate for him that he turned over the horse, but this victory goes with him, too."

Left: The horses in the stretch with Rags to Riches and Curlin battling on the front with third place finisher Tiago behind them.

Right: Rags to Riches makes her move on the outside as they round the turn into the stretch.

Rags to Riches heads out for the post parade. Jockey John Velazquez said, "I was trying to keep Curlin in there the best as I could. I was actually trying to block him in there and trying to outrun him down the lane. He got through on the rail when he got through, so I made my move also. It was sometimes you got to play the way it looks. He was the horse to beat in the race. You got to look for the horse. I was very fortunate that the filly was running really well around the turn. I got to wait and look where he was. Once he made his move, I made my move, and, you know, she overcame everything. She showed what kind of horse she was."

Second place finisher and beaten favorite Curlin before the race (left) and after (right). His trainer Steve Asmussen said, "I thought Curlin ran extremely well. They came into the stretch pretty much heads-up. He fought back very well. My hat is off to Rags to Riches. They ran the last quarter in :23 4/5 in a mile and a half race and she's a deserving classic winner. We lose one the exact same way we won one. At the 1/8 pole, the filly put a good neck on him and he never gave up. The one thing we've learned with Curlin is that he's a competitor; he's got a lot of fight in him."

Jockey Robby Albarado said, "I thought I put him in all the right places. I got through on the inside of Gomez (on Hard Spun) at the 1/4 pole, which was perfect, and got a chance to get a breather. They came home fast. He never stopped. I thought, at one point, he could come back and get her, but she is tough. She is an amazing filly. I was coming back at her but she is a tough filly."

Third place finisher Tiago after the race (left) and before (right) with trainer John Shirreffs on the far right. Shirreffs said, "We were very happy to hit the board in the race. We were very pleased with the effort. If you know anything about Pleasant Taps, they don't start getting good until their four-year-old year. This was a big step for him. He demonstrated that he had the class, and with physical talent and maturity, he is just going to get better."

Jockey Mike Smith added, "They were crawling and you want to move early but I was bottled up inside. I wanted to move, but I couldn't. I had to wait for someone else to move. I couldn't really get out. They were crawling and then they were quickening so fast, that I had to wait for Curlin to make me a spot and we stayed on. It was just a great horse race."

Fourth place finisher Hard Spun before the race. His trainer Larry Jones said, "Everything seems okay, he's just a little tired. The pace was very slow. I thought that was our game plan leaving the paddock: to have these kinds of fractions, but be in front doing it. Apparently, we had a miscommunication somewhere. I know C P West and Slew's Tizzy that were on the front finished behind us, so I don't know how much slower you can get it and still hang out there. (Rags to Riches) ran very well. A mile and a half and getting five pounds makes a lot more difference than running three-quarters and getting five pounds. Maybe that did it. She was fresh. It looked like he came back okay and will live to fight another day."

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2007 Belmont Stakes Results

7 Rags to Riches John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 3/1 $10.60 44.40 $3.20
3 Curlin Robby Albarado Steve Asmussen 6/5 - $3.00 $2.30
2 Tiago Mike Smith John Shirreffs 10/1 - - $3.70
6 Hard Spun Garrett Gomez J. Larry Jones 5/2 - - -
4 C P West Edgar Prado Nick Zito 12/1 - - -
1 Imawildandcrazyguy Mark Guidry Bill Kaplan 20/1 - - -
5 Slew’s Tizzy Rafael Bejarano Greg Fox 20/1 - - -

Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta Resuts:
$2 Exacta 7-3 Paid $25.20
$2 Trifecta 7-3-2 Paid $131.50
$2 Superfecta 7-3-2-6 Paid $242.50
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2007 Belmont Stakes

139th running of the Belmont Stakes

The 2007 Belmont Stakes was the 139th running of the Belmont Stakes. The race was held on June 9, 2007. Rags to Riches won the race by a head over Curlin before a crowd of 46,870, becoming the first filly to win the Belmont since 1905 and to win a Triple Crown race since the 1988 Kentucky Derby.

Full results[edit]

Belmont Stakes feature key prep races list[edit]

This list contains the current 2007 standings that leads to the Belmont Stakes race.[1]

Date Track Race Grade Distance Purse (US$) Surface track Winning horse Winning jockey
January 1 Calder Race CourseTropical Park Derby3 1+1⁄8 Miles $100,000 Turf Soldier's Dancer C. Velázquez
January 6 Aqueduct RacetrackCount Fleet Stakes 1 Mile and 70 Yards $70,865 Inner Track (Dirt) Pink Viper N. Arroyo Jr.
January 7 Gulfstream ParkSpectacular Bid Stakes 6 Furlongs $80,000 Dirt Buffalo Man E. Castro
January 7 Santa Anita ParkSan Miguel Stakes6 Furlongs $80,000 Dirt E. Z. Warrior D. Flores
January 13 Santa Anita ParkSan Rafael Stakes 2 1 Mile $150,000 Dirt NotionalC. Nakatani
January 13 Fair Grounds Race CourseLeComte Stakes 3 1 Mile $98,000 Dirt Hard SpunM. Pino
January 15 Aqueduct RacetrackJimmy Winkfield Stakes 6 Furlongs $62,082 Inner Track (Dirt) Bill Place R. Dominguez
January 27 Gulfstream ParkSunshine Million Dash Stakes 6 Furlongs $250,000 Dirt Storm in May M. Cruz
January 27 Tampa Bay DownsPasco Stakes 7 Furlongs $75,000 Dirt Barkley Sound E. Jurado
January 28 Golden Gate FieldsCalifornia Derby 1-1/16 Miles $150,000 Dirt Bwana Bull D. Lopez
February 3 Gulfstream ParkHoly Bull Stakes 3 1 Mile $150,000 Dirt Nobiz Like ShobizC. Velázquez
February 3 Gulfstream ParkSwale Stakes 2 6+1⁄2 Furlongs $150,000 Dirt Adore the Gold C. Velázquez
February 3 Santa Anita ParkSham Stakes 3 1+1⁄8 Miles $101,500 Dirt Ravel G. Gomez
February 3 Laurel ParkMiracle Wood Stakes 1 Mile $50,900 Dirt Crafty Bear M. Pino
February 10 Fair Grounds Race CourseRisen Star Stakes 3 1-1/16 Miles $300,000 Dirt NotionalR. Albarado
February 10 Aqueduct RacetrackWhirlaway Stakes 1-1/16 Miles $70,070 Inner Track (Dirt) Summer Doldrums M. Luzzi
February 10 Turfway ParkWEBN Stakes 1 Mile $50,000 Dirt Joe Got Even M. Mena
February 11 Santa Anita ParkSan Vicente Stakes 2 7 Furlongs $150,000 Dirt Noble Court C. Nakatani
February 17 Tampa Bay DownsSam F. Davis Stakes 1-1/16 Miles $150,000 Dirt Any Given Saturday J. Velázquez
February 17 Turf ParadiseTurf Paradise Derby 1-1/16 Miles $100,000 Dirt Tie Rod J. Rivera
February 19 Oaklawn ParkSouthwest Stakes 1 Mile $250,000 Dirt TeuflesbergS. Elliott
February 19 Aqueduct RacetrackFred Caposella Stakes 6 Furlongs $65,000 Dirt Wollaston Bay Shawn Bridgmohan
February 24 Gulfstream ParkHallandale Beach Stakes 1-1/16 Miles $100,000 Turf Twilight Meteor Edgar Prado
February 24 Oaklawn ParkMountain Valley Stakes 6 Furlongs $50,000 Dirt Sir Five Star J. Shepherd
March 3 Gulfstream ParkFountain of Youth Stakes 2 1+1⁄8 Miles $350,000 Dirt Scat DaddyJohn Velázquez
March 3 Gulfstream ParkHutchesson Stakes 2 7+1⁄2 Furlongs $150,000 Dirt King of the Roxy Edgar Prado
March 3 Santa Anita ParkRobert B. Lewis Stakes 2 1-1/16 Miles $200,000 Dirt Great HunterCorey Nakatani
March 3 Turfway ParkJohn Battaglia Memorial Stakes 1-1/16 Miles $200,000 Dirt Catman Running W. Martinez
March 10 Aqueduct RacetrackThe Gotham Stakes 3 1-1/16 Miles $200,000 Dirt Cowtown Cat R. Dominguez
March 10 Fair Grounds Race CourseLouisiana Derby 2 1-1/16 Miles $594,000 Dirt Circular QuayJohn Velázquez
March 10 Bay MeadowsEl Camino Real Stakes 3 1-1/16 Miles $200,000 Dirt Bwana Bull Russell Baze
March 16 Santa Anita ParkPasadena Stakes 1 Mile $75,000 Turf Whatsthescript (IRE) I. Enriquez
March 17 Oaklawn ParkThe Rebel Stakes 3 1-1/16 Miles $300,000 Dirt CurlinRobby Albarado
March 17 Santa Anita DerbySan Felipe Stakes 2 1-1/16 Miles $250,000 Dirt Cobalt Blue Victor Espinoza
March 17 Tampa Bay DownsTampa Bay Derby 3 1-1/16 Miles $300,000 Dirt Street SenseC. Borel
March 18 Sunland ParkWinstar Derby 1+1⁄8 Miles $600,000 Dirt Song of Navarone Victor Espinoza
March 24 Turfway ParkLane's End Stakes 2 1+1⁄8 Miles $500,000 Dirt Hard SpunM. Pino
March 24 Turfway ParkRushaway Stakes 1-1/16 Miles $100,000 Dirt Dominican Rafeal Bejarano
March 24 Laurel ParkPrivate Terms Stakes 1 Mile $100,000 Dirt Etude Luis Garcia
March 24 Gulfstream ParkPalm Beach Stakes 3 1+1⁄8 Miles $150,000 Turf Duveen Mark Guidry
March 31 Gulfstream ParkFlorida Derby 1 1+1⁄8 Miles $1,000,000 Dirt Scat DaddyEdgar Prado
March 31 Gulfstream ParkAventura Stakes7 Furlongs $175,000 Dirt Street Magician Rafael Bejarano
April 7 Aqueduct RacetrackWood Memorial Stakes 1 1+1⁄8 Miles $750,000 Dirt Nobiz Like ShobizCornelio Velázquez
April 7 Aqueduct RacetrackBay Shore Stakes 3 7 Furlongs $150,000 Dirt Bill Place Cornelio Velázquez
April 7 Santa Anita ParkSanta Anita Derby1 1+1⁄8 Miles $750,000 Dirt Tiago Mike Smith
April 7 Hawthorne Race CourseIllinois Derby 2 1+1⁄8 Miles $500,000 Dirt Cowtown Cat Fernando Jara
April 14 Keeneland Race CourseBlue Grass Stakes 1 1+1⁄8 Miles $750,000 Dirt Dominican Rafeal Bejarano
April 14 Oaklawn ParkNorthern Spur Breeders' Cup Stakes 1 Mile $100,000 Dirt Takedown Robby Albarado
April 14 Oaklawn ParkArkansas Derby 2 1+1⁄8 Miles $1,000,000 Dirt CurlinRobby Albarado
April 14 Santa Anita ParkLa Puente Stakes 1 Mile $100,000 Turf Golden Balls Brice Blanc
April 21 Keeneland Race CourseLexington Stakes 2 1-1/16 Miles $325,000 Dirt Slew's Tizzy Robby Albarado
April 21 Pimlico Race CourseFederico Tesio Stakes 1+1⁄8 Miles $125,000 Dirt Xchanger Ramon A. Dominguez
April 28 Churchill DownsDerby Trial Stakes 7+1⁄2 Furlongs $100,000 Dirt Flying First Class Mark Guidry
April 28 Aqueduct RacetrackWithers Stakes 3 1 Mile $150,000 Dirt Divine Park Alan Garcia
May 5 Churchill DownsKentucky Derby1 1+1⁄4 miles $11.80 Dirt Street Sense Calvin Borel
May 19 Pimlico Race CoursePreakness Stakes1 1 3/16 Miles ? Dirt Curlin Robby Albarado


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