Triple Crown Game - Third Leg: The Belmont Stakes

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  1. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    Alright!!!! The second leg of the game goes off on Saturday. The Preakness Stakes! As before, I'll update once they have the post positions and jockeys as there is currently only 5 horses confirmed.

    It looks like Rachel Alexandria, the Filly who won the Kentucky Oaks with ease is thinking about entering the Preakness which would make Calvin Boreal choose between the Derby winner and the Oaks winner (as he won with both of them).
  2. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    From what you know, which do you think he should pick, if he has to make such a decision?
  3. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    I'd pick the filly. She was absolutely amazing in the Oaks race.
  4. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    while Mine that Bird is still considered somewhat of an underdog, so to speak? At least as much as a Derby winner can be, I suppose.
  5. Thumper09 Force Ghost

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    The last I heard, Calvin is choosing to ride Rachel Alexandra if she ends up running in the Preakness.

    I need to do early picks again, though I know RA isn't confirmed in the race yet.

    Win: Big Drama
    Place: Rachel Alexandra
    Show: General Quarters
  6. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    A mudder doesn't always do well in the dry.
  7. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    Where does it say that Mine that Bird was a mudder? I think he wouldn't have gone off at 50-1 if he had been.

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  9. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    Here are the confirmed contenders, there still could be another added:

    Horse ----------- Jockey
    Mine That Bird - MIKE SMITH
    Big Drama - JOHN VELAZQUEZ
    Flying Private - ALAN GARCIA
    General Quarters - JULIAN LEPAROUX
    Luv Guv - JAMIE THERIOT
    Musket Man - EIBAR COA
    Papa Clem - RAFAEL BEJARANO
    Take the Points - EDGAR PRADO
    Terrain - JEREMY ROSE
    Pioneer of the Nile - GARRETT GOMEZ
    Friesan Fire - GABRIEL SAEZ
    Rachel Alexandra - CALVIN BOREL
    Tone it Down - KENT DESORMEAUX


  10. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    Considerably fewer horses this time.
  11. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    Here are the confirmed contenders, jockeys, and post positions.

    Horse ----------- Jockey

    1. Big Drama - JOHN VELAZQUEZ
    2. Mine That Bird - MIKE SMITH
    3. Musket Man - EIBAR COA
    4. Luv Guv - JAMIE THERIOT
    5. Friesan Fire - GABRIEL SAEZ
    6. Terrain - JEREMY ROSE
    7. Papa Clem - RAFAEL BEJARANO
    8. General Quarters - JULIAN LEPAROUX
    9. Pioneer of the Nile - GARRETT GOMEZ
    10. Flying Private - ALAN GARCIA
    11. Take the Points - EDGAR PRADO
    12. Tone it Down - KENT DESORMEAUX
    13. Rachel Alexandra - CALVIN BOREL


    As of right now, Rachel Alexandra is going off as the favorite, Pioneer of the Nile is at 5-1, Mine That Bird and Friesan Fire are at 6-1,
  12. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    Friesan Fire didn't exactly live up to expectations in the Derby. Still, its a great name :p
  13. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    Yeah, the Derby is a different race from other races though. It always nets the biggest field with 20 horses. In a 13 horse race there is less to get tangled up in.
  14. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    True, they're all different from each other. Isn't the Belmont the longest of the three, which is why so many have won the Derby and Preakness in recent years but not the Belmont?
  15. Darth Dark Helmet Manager Emeritus

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    Yeah, the Belmont is a beast of a race.
  16. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    Mine That Bird is a horse that comes from behind, and you need time; and the Preakness is too short.
  17. amidalachick Force Ghost

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    Win: Mine That Bird
    Place: Rachel Alexandra
    Show: Flying Private
  18. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    Win: Rachel Alexandra
    Place: Friesan Fire
    Show: Mine that Bird
  19. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    Just to be contrary:

    Win: Mine That Bird
    Place: General Quarters
    Show: Rachel Alexandra
  20. darth_gersh Force Ghost

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    Win: Terrain
    Place: Take the Points
    Show: General Quarters
  21. rechedelphar Force Ghost

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    1. Rachel Alexandra
    2. PioneeroftheNile
    3. Musket Man


    This seems like a very strong preakness field compared to previous years.
  22. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    I like when the girls win, so I'm rooting for Rachel Alexandra to win, but my picks are going to reflect that the fillies hardly ever beat the boys in big races like this. I'm hoping she proves me wrong. ;)

    1. Friesan Fire
    2. Rachel Alexandra
    3. Pioneerof the Nile
  23. Jedi Gunny Yahtzee Host

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    Winner: Pioneer of the Nile
    Place: Take the Points
    Place: Friesan Fire
  24. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    WHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THE FILLY DID IT!!!!!! Practically wire to wire! 85 years since a filly has won and she did it!

    Win: Rachel Alexandra
    Place: Mine that Bird
    Show: Musket Man

    Amazing finish for Mine that Bird too. Shows that they really do have a good horse there and the Derby wasn't a fluke. I'd like to see those two square off again in the longer Belmont. I think Mine that Bird would've caught her if the race was longer.
  25. Darth Tunes SfC Part III Commissioner

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    I knew I should have gone with the favorites instead of the field for today's pick for the 'streak of colors'. :p
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