The Other Bird Wins At The Belmont Stakes

Bryan FlynnAnalyst IJune 6, 2009

ELMONT, NY - JUNE 06:  Summer Bird riden by Kent J. Desormeaux (L) passes Mine That Bird riden by Calvin Borel takes to take the lead en route to winning the 141st Running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Racetrack on June 6, 2009 in Elmont, New York.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
The Belmont is the race that makes or breaks Triple Crown hopefuls. While there is no horse running for a Triple Crown there is a jockey. Calvin Borel can be the first jockey to win the Triple Crown on two different horses.
After winning the Kentucky Derby on Mine That Bird and the Preakness on Rachel Alexandra, Borel now looks to complete the task on Mine That Bird once more.  After a derby win and a second place in the Preakness Mine That Bird would like to win the Belmont to cement his place in history. A win in the Belmont would put Mine That Bird among the best horses ever to have run in the Triple Crown.

At the start Dunkirk took the early lead. Through the first half mile Mine That Bird was last. Calvin Borel slowly started to make his move. After the first mile Dunkirk still led going in to the last half mile and Mine That Bird was second to last.

Heading in to the final turn Mine That Bird had moved to third with Borel barreling down on the leader Dunkirk. Mine That Bird takes the lead heading down to the final stretch.  Out of the 4th starting post and hanging in the pack for most of the race comes Summer Bird.

Down to the wire Summer Bird the 12-1 underdog pulls away from Mine That Bird and Dunkirk. Summer Bird takes the win in the 141st Belmont Stakes. Dunkirk out duels Mine That Bird for second place as Borel and the derby winner finish third. In fourth place was Charitable Man.

Borel took all the headlines coming in to Belmont Stakes with talk of his jockey Triple Crown. It could be asked if Mine That Bird wanted to run too early in the mile and a half race or if Borel shut down Mine That Bird a bit early as well. Either might have cost Mine That Bird a win in the Belmont and Borel his unique Triple Crown.

The Triple Crown started with a 50-1 underdog winning the Kentucky Derby. Then super filly Rachel Alexandra winning the Preakness Stakes. Last in the Belmont Stakes another underdog pulls out the win in the form of Summer Bird. The other bird wins in the Belmont.