Summer Bird - 2009 Belmont Stakes

Redemption came from off the pace Saturday afternoon, on a day when speed ruled and youth was served. Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux, after six failed tries that included the toughest beat in history with Real Quiet in 1998 and last years aborted Triple Crown attempt with Big Brown, capped a four-win day with his first Belmont Stakes victory aboard Drs. Kalarikkal and Vilasini Devi Jayaramans 11-1 longshot Summer Bird before a crowd of 52861 at Belmont Park. Summer Bird paid $25.80 to win. I left the house this morning with a will to win this race, because it means beauty, class and elegance, Desormeaux said after Summer Bird brought him through the middle of the lane for a 2 ¾-length victory over Dunkirk in the 141st running of the 1½-mile Test of the Champion the longest and oldest leg of racings Triple Crown for three-year-olds. Mine That Bird, the 50-1 Kentucky Derby winner, Preakness runner-up and Belmont Stakes post-time favorite, was third, followed by Charitable Man, Luv Gov, Flying Private, Brave Victory, Mr. Hot Stuff, Chocolate Candy and Miners Escape.

 

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