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BELMONT STAKES

TRACKING the RACE

June 08, 1997

POST POSITIONS

The field for the 129th Belmont Stakes:

Post Position: 1

Horse: Touch Gold

Jockey: Chris McCarron

Trainer: David Hofmans

Odds: 5-2*

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Post Position: 2

Horse: Silver Charm

Jockey: Gary Stevens

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Odds: 1-1

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Post Position: 3

Horse: Crypto Star

Jockey: Pat Day

Trainer: Wayne Catalano

Odds: 9-2

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Post Position: 4

Horse: Wild Rush

Jockey: Jerry Bailey

Trainer: Richard Mandella

Odds: 5-2

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Post Position: 5

Horse: Mr. Energizer

Jockey: Manuel Ortega

Trainer: Alfredo Callejas

Odds: 45-1

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Post Position: 6

Horse: Free House

Jockey: Kent Desormeaux

Trainer: Paco Gonzalez

Odds: 9-2

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Post Position: 7

Horse: Irish Silence

Jockey: John Velazquez

Trainer: Leo O'Brien

Odds: 34-1

KENTUCKY DERBY

* DATE: May 3

* WINNER: Silver Charm

* TIME: 2:02 2/5 for 1 1/4 miles

* THE FINISH: Silver Charm held off Captain Bodgit to win by a head.

PREAKNESS STAKES

* DATE: May 17

* WINNER: Silver Charm

* TIME: 1:54 2/5 for 1 3/16 miles

* THE FINISH: Silver Charm held off Free House and Captain Bodgit.

BELMONT STAKES

* DATE: June 7

* WINNER: Touch Gold

* TIME: 2:28 4/5 for 1 1/2 miles

* THE FINISH: Touch Gold charged past Silver Charm in final yards.

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Triple Crown Winners:

1919: Sir Barton

1930: Gallant Fox

1935: Omaha

1937: War Admiral

1941: Whirlaway

1943: Count Fleet

1946: Assault

1948: Citation

1973: Secretariat

1977: Seattle Slew

1978: Affirmed

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One Short:

1932: Burgoo King

1936: Bold Venture

1944: Pensive

1958: Tim Tam

1961: Carry Back

1964: Northern Dancer

1966: Kauai King

1968: Forward Pass

1969: Majestic Prince

1971: Canonero II

1979: Spectacular Bid

1981: Pleasant Colony

1987: Alysheba

1989: Sunday Silence

1997: Silver Charm

* Touch Gold and Wild Rush coupled in wagering

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