Summer Bird Wins Belmont Stakes 2009
Summer Bird wins the Belmont Stakes 2009 and pushed in front to win with just a few hundred metres left to go in the race. The official time was 2 minutes and 27.54 seconds.
The biggest challenges were Dunkirk and Mine That Bird but they couldn't outrun Summer Bird this year.
Dunkirk came second with Mine That Bird third, denying jockey Calvin Borel his personal Triple Crown win. Mine that Bird was the favourite at 6 to 5 odds.
Summer Bird was also sired by 2004 Belmont winner Birdstone, just like Mine That Bird.
Here is a live blog of the event.
Update | 6:41 p.m. Claim of foul is not allowed. Results stand. Summer Bird, Dunkirk, Mine That Bird.
Update | 6:38 p.m. Inquiry is whether Dunkirk interfered with Charitable Man, who finished fourth. Results still unofficial.
Update | 6:36 p.m. A disappointed Chip Woolley being interviewed now. Says he will give Mine That Bird time off.
Update | 6:34 p.m. Summer Bird and Mine That Bird are both by Birdstone, the 2004 Belmont winner.
Update | 6:34 p.m. Foul inquiry.
Update | 6:33 p.m. What a race! Mine That Bird almost did it! Summer Bird came from out of nowhere. And Dunkirk made a move, too.
Update | 6:31 p.m. Summer Bird gets by to win Belmont! MTB third. Dukirk second.
Update | 6:31 p.m. MTB makes move. Takes lead.
Update | 6:31 p.m. MTB second to last. Dunkirk still leads around far turn.
Update | 6:30 p.m. MTB in last. Dunkirk still in lead. Miner’s Escape second.
Update | 6:29 p.m. MTB goes immediately to the rail. Dunkirk takes early lead.
Update | 6:29 p.m. And they’re off.