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2008 Belmont Stakes – Da' Tara – jj

2008 Belmont Stakes – Da' Tara

The world awaited a delivery from Big Brown, but in a shocker it was 38-1 longshot Da’ Tara who won the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), taking the “Test of the Champion” in wire-to-wire fashion June 7 as the horse seeking to win the Triple Crown was eased past the wire.

Trainer Nick Zito spoiled a Triple Crown for the second time in five years. He also trained Birdstone , who beat Smarty Jones in the 2004 Belmont. And, like 2004 when Zito also ran third with Royal Assault, he was third this year with Anak Nakal, who dead-heated with Ready’s Echo. In second was Denis of Cork, who was 5 1/4 lengths in back of the winner.



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  1. It was one of the weakest fields ever. And the 2008 Preakness may have been the weakest field ever. Andrew Starr really liked Da Tara but just could not pull the trigger on the pick and picked him second behind Big Brown.

  2. If ever there was a terribly weak field to beat, this was the year, and yet once again we see that it takes all the luck in the world. This just seems to be the freakiest thing that could have happened. Randy Moss was right… "they were heavily favored…" and they lost. BRIAN

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