Alas, the last of the Triple Crown races happens this June 6, 2009 Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, USA. The 2009 Belmont Stakes is in the 141st running, and its a shame the winner of Preakness, namely Rachel Alexandria, is not going to join the field of ten 3-year-olds. Mine That Bird, the Long shot winner of the Kentucky Derby, will be joining though and will again be guided by jockey Calvin Borel. The time schedule of the race is probably at 4 to 5 PM ET, the same time as the first two Triple Crown races. Here are some quick facts of the Belmont Stakes taken from the official website:
Main Course: 1 1/2 Miles
Last Turn to Finish on Main Track: 1,097 feet
Widener Turf Course: 1 5/16 Miles
Inner Turf Course: 1 3/16 Miles
Attendance Capacity: 85,000 - 90,000
Parking Capacity: 18,500 Cars
Trackside Dining: 2,300
Total Seating Capacity: 32,941
The race will be broadcasted live by ABC, and most people will probably be tuning in to the race this way considering the AH1NI virus scare in New York (Is it safe to attend the race? There are no advice from Health Authorities against doing so.) For those who would like to watch it on live streaming video, www.ESPN360.com will also be bringing to us the Belmont Stakes’ live online feed. I didn’t have much luck in watching the two previous races using online means before, but hopefully this ESPN360 broadcast will turn out OK. Justin.TV and Ustream.TV is also there for some publicly-shared broadcast.
Here are the current odds for the Belmont Stakes field.
Post, Horse name, Traine,r Jockey, Opening Odds
1 Chocolate Candy Jerry Hollendorfer Garrett Gomez 10-1
2 Dunkirk Todd Pletcher John Velazquez 4-1
3 Mr. Hot Stuff Eoin Harty Edgar Prado 15-1
4 Summer Bird Tim Ice Kent Desormeaux 12-1
5 Luv Gov D. Wayne Lukas Miguel Mena 20-1
6 Charitable Man Kiaran McLaughlin Alan Garcia 3-1
7 Mine That Bird Bennie L. Woolley, Jr. Calvin Borel 2-1
8 Flying Private D. Wayne Lukas Julien Leparoux 12-1
9 Miner’s Escape Nick Zito Joze Lezcano 15-1
10 Brave Victory Nick Zito Rajiv Maragh 15-1
Stay tuned for the updates.
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