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Lineup for the 141st Belmont Stakes

Chocolate Candy
Saddle cloth: 1. Odds: 10-1.
Jockey: Garrett Gomez. Fifth last year with Macho Again.
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer. Tenth with Globalize (2000).
Owner: Sid and Jenny Craig Trust.
Breeders: Sid and Jenny Craig (Ky.).
Sire: Candy Ride (Ride the Rails). Dam: Crownette (Seattle Slew).
Record; earnings: 10: 4-2-1; $592,500.
Last start: Fifth, Kentucky Derby.
What's to like: Adds talented Gomez.
Second thoughts: Outrun in Derby.
Bottom line: Sweet long shot.

Dunkirk
Saddle cloth: 2. Odds: 4-1.
Jockey: John Velazquez. Won Belmont with filly Rags to Riches (2007).
Trainer: Todd Pletcher. Ended Triple Crown drought with Rags to Riches.
Owners: John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith.
Breeders: W.S. Farish, James Elkins and W.T. Webber Jr.
Sire: Unbridled's Song (Unbridled). Dam: Secret Status (A.P. Indy).
Record; earnings: 4: 2-1-0; $193,200.
Last start: 11th, Kentucky Derby.
What's to like: Superbly bred.
Second thoughts: Showed little in Derby.
Bottom line: Training sharply.

Mr. Hot Stuff
Saddle cloth: 3. Odds: 15-1.
Jockey: Edgar Prado. Two-time Belmont winner.
Trainer: Eoin Harty. Solid West Coast trainer.
Owner-breeder: WinStar Farm.
Sire: Tiznow (Cee's Tizzy). Dam: Sweet Damsel (Turkoman).
Record; earnings: 8: 1-0-3; $150,560.
Last start: 15th, Kentucky Derby.
What's to like: Closed for third in Santa Anita Derby.
Second thoughts: Well-beaten in Kentucky Derby.
Bottom line: Not so hot.

Summer Bird
Saddle cloth: 4. Odds: 12-1.
Jockey: Kent Desormeaux. Pulled up beaten Triple Crown threat Big Brown last year.
Trainer: Tim Ice. Belmont newcomer.
Owners: Kalarikkal and Vilasini Jayaraman.
Breeders: K.K. and Devi Jayaraman.
Sire: Birdstone (Grindstone). Dam: Hong Kong Squall (Summer Squall).
Record; earnings: 4: 1-0-1; $123,040.
Last start: Sixth, Kentucky Derby.
What's to like: Sire won Belmont.
Second thoughts: 13 lengths back in Derby.
Bottom line: Can't recommend.

Luv Gov
Saddle cloth: 5. Odds: 20-1.
Jockey: Miguel Mena. Belmont newcomer.
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas. Hall of Famer owns four Belmont wins.
Owner-breeder: Marylou Whitney Stables (Ky.)
Sire: Ten Most Wanted (Deputy Commander). Dam: City of Silver (Nepal).
Record; earnings: 11: 1-3-1; $62,896.
Last start: Eighth, Preakness.
What's to like: Not much.
Second thoughts: None.
Bottom line: No luv.

Charitable Man
Saddle cloth: 6. Odds: 3-1.
Jockey: Alan Garcia. Pulled upset with Da' Tara last year.
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin. Reached winner's circle with Jazil (2006).
Owners: William and Suzanne Warren.
Breeder: Edward Evans (Va.).
Sire: Lemon Drop Kid (Kingmambo). Dam: Charitabledonation (Saint Ballado).
Record; earnings: 4: 3-0-0; $307,200.
Last start: Won Peter Pan.
What's to like: 2-for-2 at Belmont.
Second thoughts: Faces stiffest test.
Bottom line: Prime contender.

Mine That Bird
Saddle cloth: 7. Odds: 2-1.
Jockey: Calvin Borel. First Belmont start.
Trainer: Bennie "Chip" Woolley. Also a newcomer.
Owners: Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine.
Breeders: Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds, James Blackburn and Peter Lamantia (Ky.).
Sire: Birdstone (Grindstone). Dam: Mining My Own (Smart Strike).
Record; earnings: 10: 5-2-0; $2,011,581.
Last start: Second, Preakness.
What's to like: Powerful late kick.
Second thoughts: Might not get solid pace he needs.
Bottom line: Bird is the word.

Flying Private
Saddle cloth: 8. Odds: 12-1.
Jockey: Julien Leparoux. Patient rider.
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas.
Owners: Robert Baker and William Mack.
Breeders: Martha and John Mulholland (Ky.).
Sire: Fusaichi Pegasus (Mr. Prospector). Dam: Beautiful Treasure (Unbridled).
Record; earnings: 12: 1-4-0; $259,080.
Last start: Fourth, Preakness.
What's to like: Dramatic improvement in Preakness.
Second thoughts: Might regress.
Bottom line: Skipping this flight.

Miner's Escape
Saddle cloth: 9. Odds: 15-1.
Jockey: Jose Lezcano. Belmont debut.
Trainer: Nick Zito. Scored major upsets with Birdstone (2004) and Da' Tara (2008).
Owner: Robert LaPenta.
Breeder: Paul Carroll (Ky.).
Sire: Mineshaft (A.P. Indy). Dam: Spy Novel (Broad Brush).
Record; earnings: 7: 2-0-0; $70,590.
Last start: Won Federico Tesio.
What's to like: Early speed.
Second thoughts: Adds lot of distance.
Bottom line: Save your money.

Brave Victory
Saddle cloth: 10. Odds: 15-1.
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh. First Belmont try.
Trainer: Nick Zito.
Owner: Robert LaPenta.
Breeder: Miller Thoroughbred Farm (Ky.).
Sire: Lion Heart (Tale of the Cat). Dam: I'm in Celebration (Copeland).
Record; earnings: 9: 2-2-1; $110,533.
Last start: Third, Peter Pan.
What's to like: Improved in Peter Pan.
Second thoughts: No better than third in graded-stakes races.
Bottom line: Not so brave here.

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