Summer Bird Wins Belmont Stakes

Joseph CiracoCorrespondent IJune 6, 2009

What just happened in the Belmont Stakes?  Upsets happen and races unfold oddly but nothing in that race made any sense to me based on the history of those horses.

Dunkirk was supposed to stalk the pace setter but he was the one who ran very quick fractions of 47 and change and six furlong at just under 1:13.

Charitable Man was supposed to be pressing the lead but he was the one a few lengths back stalking the leader.

Mine That Bird made a move much earlier than anticipated and ending up being out kicked by a horse that went off 11-1.

Calvin Borel is going to take quite a bit of heat for what appeared to be a very shotty ride aboard the favorite.  There was no need to move Mine That Bird on the far turn based on the previous races.

Summer Bird paid $25.80 and ran the race in almost two seconds faster than last year's winner. 

Kent Desormeaux is now "off the hook" after last year, when he basically stopped Big Brown at the top of the stretch and galloped him home.

What happened today makes no sense but that's horse racing.  When we think we know something, we usually don't have a clue.

The only thing I'll stick to knowing is that Zenyatta is the best filly on the planet and I can't wait for her to run again.