Sunday, June 6, 2004
Birdstone eats Smarty Jones like candy.
After winning the Derby and the Preakness, Smarty Jones was the absolute favorite to garnish the Triple Crown with a win at yesterday's Belmont Stakes, which would have earned him a $5 million bonus! Starting in the 9th position, Smarty held his own for the first half of the race, taking his time to get in a good position, while Purge and Rock Hard Ten fought for the 1 and 2 spot. Smarty made his move around the corner maneuvering into the 1st position as Purge slid to the back. All of a sudden, Eddington was making a move and next to him, a 36-1 unlikely hero, Birdstone. Birdstone flew around the other horses determined to reach Smarty Jones for the win. And just as the end came near, Birdstone ran past the favorite to WIN the Belmont one length ahead of Smarty. It was unbelievable! I can't imagine losing a $5 million bonus in 5 seconds! Birdstone's owner had another horse in the race, Royal Assault, that ended up coming in 3rd, not too shabby.