2001 Belmont Stakes – Point Given + Post Race

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Nothing slowed Point Given, the prohibitive 6-5 favorite, in the 133rd running of the Belmont Stakes yesterday. Not the rambunctious Dr Greenfield, whose reluctance to load in the starting gate delayed the race. Not a soft pace set by the lone speed horse, Balto Star. And not a hustling move on the far turn by AP Valentine, the New York horse from a New York trainer, or a late one by the Kentucky Derby winner, Monarchos, who is conditioned by a Kentucky trainer. When Point Given barreled into the stretch all alone, the 73857 people at this grand racetrack on Long Island roared as the mammoth colt just kept going and going and going with strides as powerful as a paddle wheel. Point Given looked good winning the Preakness three weeks ago but yesterday, as he turned his 7-length lead into 8, 10 and finally 12 1/4 lengths, his challengers knew they were being rocked in the wake of something special. ”We ran into a monster,” said the trainer Nick Zito, the New Yorker whose AP Valentine looked briefly like a winged horse on the final turn but was a well-beaten runner-up. ”The winner ran an over-the-top race, and I congratulate him,” said John Ward, after watching his colt Monarchos muster a slingshot move that was deadly in the Kentucky Derby but too little, too late yesterday. Monarchos failed to gain a step on Point Given en route to a third-place finish, two and three-quarters lengths out of second. www.nytimes.com

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rusinrockt says:

Could never stand Dirkin for a variety of reasons. One of which was his call of the first quarter and half of nearly every Belmont call he has ever made. 48 is a perfectly reasonable pace for an mile and a half race. He calls that half slow nearly every time as if they are running a mile and an 1/8th.

nedsdad25 says:

to close to fast pace in the derby gary stevens fault or he wins the crown

nedsdad25 says:

best horse to never win the triple crown point given

Partymanners2 says:

I do not have 2002 right now..

justin mato says:

can we have the 2002 post race when sarava won

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