Belmont Stakes 2012 Results: Dullahan Will Never Become a Great Horse

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJune 11, 2012

ELMONT, NY - JUNE 08:  Dullahan gets a bath as trainer Dale Romans (R) looks on after training in preparation for the 144th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 8, 2012 in Elmont, New York.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Dullahan is not a great horse, but he certainly had a lot of people fooled into believing he was before the Belmont Stakes.

After all, he finished third at the Kentucky Derby and flashed a huge finishing kick. It was a nice run that could have been even better had he not gotten caught in some traffic.

Following the Derby, he was held out of the Preakness, but was ready to go for the Belmont.

He was impressive in his pre-Belmont workouts, and once I'll Have Another was scratched, he was the overwhelming favorite for that race.

He didn't run like it.

He finished a disappointing seventh. 

Check out the full results (according to and we'll discuss this underwhelming colt later. 

2012 Belmont Results 

Finish Horse Jockey Post
Union Rags J. Velazquez 3
2 Paynter M. Smith 9
3 Atigun J. Leparoux 4
4 Street Life J. Lezcano 1
5 Five Sixteen
R. Napravnik
6 Unstoppable U J. Alvarado 2
7 Dullahan J. Castellano 5
8 My Adonis R. Dominguez 11
9 Ravelo's Boy A. Solis 6
10 Optimizer C. Nakatani 10
11 Guyana Star Dweej K. Desormeaux 8


This left a lot of bettors wondering exactly what they saw in Dullahan to begin with. If you are one of these said duped bettors, don't feel bad. This horse even had his trainer Dale Romans fooled. 

Romans was convinced that this horse was ready for a huge performance. He talked about that on and was quoted about his miscalculation: 

I'm usually not that wrong with them. I'm wrong about a lot of things, but usually with the horses I'm not. You can know your horse is doing good, but there are so many other factors that play into a race, and if the other horses are doing well it's tough.

With the Triple Crown all said and done, were are left with a horse in Dullahan that has some talent, but just can't seem to put it together on a dirt track. 

Dullahan is a two-time Grade 1 winner, but those came on the synthetic Polytrack. He is now winless on dirt over five starts. 

This horse will undoubtedly go on to rack up some more victories, but when it comes to dirt tracks and a strong field, I am staying far away from Dullahan.