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2000 Belmont Stakes – Commendable – jj

2000 Belmont Stakes – Commendable

While the spirits of the missing superstars Fusaichi Pegasus and Red Bullet were hanging over the homestretch, the 132nd Belmont Stakes was run yesterday with a cast of 11 horses of far less magnitude. And the one who got there first was one of the least likely: Commendable, 17th in the Kentucky Derby, without a victory in six races since his debut last August at Del Mar and an 18-1 long shot in the Belmont.

If any touch of greatness rubbed off on Commendable, it probably came through his trainer, D. Wayne Lukas, who won the Belmont for the fourth time after losing it last year when Charismatic fractured a leg in the homestretch and missed sweeping the Triple Crown. It also was his 13th victory in a Triple Crown race, tying him for the record with the late Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons.

It also was a moment of success for his jockey, Pat Day, who won the race for the third time, and for his owners, Beverly and Bob Lewis of Los Angeles, who have won the Derby and the Preakness with Silver Charm and Charismatic in the last four years before those horses were thwarted in the Belmont.


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  1. Looking at Commendable's pedigree, it is not amazing that he ran 12 furlongs and won:

    Nearcox2, Princequillox2, Secretariat, Nashua, Count Fleet, Native Dancer, Tom Fool, Man oWar, Bold Ruler, Miss Disco,

    Not a great field, but Commendable ran a fine race Didn't get passed around the far turn or the home stretch. Mark of a good horse.

  2. "En Enero de 1984 consideré seriamente retirarme de las carreras; iba a vender mi equipo e irme al seminario. Pero El Señor me dijo que continuara montando"

    Pat Day (1953- ) Jinete retirado. Saludos desde Venezuela.

  3. "In January 1984, I gave serious consideration to getting out of racing; I was going to sell my equipment and go into the seminary. But The Lord told me to stay in racing"      Pat Day (1953-    ) Retired jockey.

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