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Curlin Curlin has final Belmont drill
Curlin, who won the Preakness Stakes and is expected to be a heavy favorite in the 139th Belmont Stakes on Saturday, worked a half-mile in 50.60 seconds on Monday morning at Churchill Downs in his final work for the Belmont.

Hard Spun Final Belmont drill for Hard Spun
Led by Kentucky Derby runner-up Hard Spun, three confirmed starters and two horses who remain possible for Saturday's $1 million Belmont Stakes put in their final workouts Sunday morning at Belmont Park.

Slew's Tizzy Slew's Tizzy perfect in final tune-up
Slew's Tizzy had his final workout for the Belmont when breezing a half-mile in 48.20 seconds over a fast surface early Saturday.

Curlin Curlin has first post-Preakness work
Curlin had his first workout since his dramatic Preakness victory when he breezed five furlongs in 1:03.20 just after dawn Monday over a fast Churchill Downs track.

Hard Spun Gomez to ride Hard Spun in Belmont
All week, the connections of Hard Spun said little about their jockey situation, but that spoke volumes.

Imawildandcrazyguy Kaplan's plan on schedule
Following his first Kentucky Derby, finishing fourth with Imawildandcrazyguy on May 5, native New Yorker Bill Kaplan is now looking forward to a return home in the Belmont Stakes.

Tiago Tiago works for Belmont
Tiago worked three furlongs in 36.80 seconds with exercise rider Frankie Herrarte aboard in preparation for the June 9 Belmont Stakes.

Nafzger Nafzger looks forward to rivalry
Trainer Carl Nafzger can't wait for his Street Sense and Curlin to meet again. Street Sense has finished in the money in every one of his nine career races, and Curlin has won four of five.

Curlin Triple Crown stars resume routines
Preakness winner Curlin returned to training with a mile gallop early Wednesday morning.

Curlin Big 3 showdown in Belmont?
The first three finishers in the Derby took the first three spots in the Preakness, and there is a chance all three will show up in New York on June 9 for the Belmont Stakes, too.

Jay Cronley Cronley: Eastern charm
Jay believes that Baltimore racing has always seemed 'more eastern' than even New York racing.

Cronley Cronley: When winning is still losing
Jay made $2.80 at the windows on Derby day, not bad for ten hours of work. But that was before expenses.

Calvin Borel Borel finally scores Derby victory
His win in the 133rd Kentucky Derby was jockey Calvin Borel's first in five tries, and was also the first for the 40-year-old jockey in a Triple Crown race.

Carl Nafzger Tafel, Nafzger celebrate Derby win
Trainer Carl Nafzger and owner Jim Tafel, finally celebrated the Derby victory they were denied eight years ago. And it was all thanks to Street Sense.

Hard Spun Jones "tickled" with Hard Spun's second
Trainer Larry Jones is looking for a rematch in two week in the Preakness at Pimlico. "This horse is fresh," Jones said. "We were hoping this was the first of a three-race series."

Todd Pletcher Pletcher: 'We'll try again next year'
Though by his own admission he brought the strongest hand he ever had to the Kentucky Derby, Pletcher failed to achieve victory in the world's most famous horse race.

Street Sense Visually, Street Sense stands out
Some works were better than others, and one or two were quite unexpected, but all were designed with the same goal in mind - to get to Saturday's Kentucky Derby in peek form.

Calvin Borel For Borel, it's always about the horses
For jockey Calvin Borel, winning the Kentucky Derby would culminate a lifetime of devotion to the animals and the game he has grown to love.

The Green Monkey Plonk: Green with Derby envy?
Coolmore Stud's $16 million purchase of The Green Monkey as a 2-year-old in training last year is a reminder that big money doesn't necessarily equate to big-time Kentucky Derby success.

Churchill Downs Barbaro-like win will net Derby champ $1M
There will be a $1 million bonus at the Kentucky Derby if the first-place horse wins by more than 6 1/2 lengths -- the margin of Barbaro's victory last year.

Churchill Downs winner's circle Shandler: The Derby by the numbers
When the final numbers are tallied for the 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby this Saturday, the figures will be staggering.

Barbaro Derby lead-up stirs Barbaro's memory
The Barbaro saga -- his 2006 Kentucky Derby win, unfortunate injury and eventual death -- has spurred a series of equine campaigns.

Churchill Downs Cronley: Channeling the Derby
Trying to pick the winner of this Kentucky Derby is not like handicapping. It's like channeling. You sit quietly and hope some jewel from the past will put you in good spirits.

Queen Elizabeth II Plonk: The Royal Treatment
England's Queen Elizabeth II is scheduled to attend the May 5 Kentucky Derby for the first time.

Churchill Downs Cronley: Guide to the Derby infield
Here is a glossary of racing terms that you might think you're hearing after eight hours in an infield full of Southern Comfort.

Edgar Prado Plonk: The Kentucky Derby A to Z
Great hats, mint juleps and more celebrities than you can shake a stick at. But what really makes the Kentucky Derby so special? Let us count the ways.

Storm in May Thompson: Easy to back trainer Kaplan
If you're wondering who to pull for in the Kentucky Derby, Wright Thompson has got your man.

Churchill Downs Cronley: Derby grind
Expansive field. A slew of early speed. Too much information. Mint juleps. Scary odds. For many reasons, picking the Derby winner is tough stuff.

Seattle Slew McGarr: Slew's trainer still fancies winner
He battled alcoholism and trained his share of mediocre horses, but Seattle Slew trainer Billy Turner still aims to consistently find the winner's circle at the level he once dominated.


Below is the full order of finish for the 139th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park.

No. Horse Trainer Jockey
1 Rags to Riches Pletcher Velasquez
2 Curlin Asmussen Albarado
3 Tiago Shirreffs Smith
4 Hard Spun Jones Gomez
5 C P West Zito Prado
6 Imawildandcrazyguy Kaplan Guidry
7 Slew's Tizzy Fox Bejarano

May 5, 2007
Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky.
1 1/4 miles
1:59 2/5
Secretariat, 1973
$2 Million
Street Sense

2007 winner Street Sense
May 19, 2007
Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Md.
1 3/16 miles
1:53 2/5
Tank's Prospect, 1985
Louis Quatorze, 1996
Curlin, 2007
$1 Million

2007 winner Curlin
June 9, 2007
Belmont Park, Elmont, N.Y.
1 1/2 miles
Secretariat, 1973
$1 Million
Rags to Riches

2007 winner Rags to Riches

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