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Empire Maker – 2003 Belmont Stakes – jj
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Empire Maker – 2003 Belmont Stakes



In a testament to the drought between Triple Crown winners and the popularity of a New York-bred gelding in front of his hometown crowd, 101,864 turned out in far from ideal weather to see if Funny Cide could come through. It was the regal and royal Empire Maker who would be draped in carnations following the race. He was the only Classic winner for his Hall of Fame trainer, New Yorker Bobby Frankel.

Final time: 2:28 1/5
Owner: Juddmonte Farms
Trainer: Bobby Frankel
Jockey: Jerry Bailey

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