I love the Derby, but I grew up 15 minutes away from Belmont Raceway so the Stakes holds a place dear in my heart.

Wherever I live, I watch the Belmont Stakes and it takes me back to when I was a kid.

Meanwhile, I loved the race. And I’m glad First Dude lost. Nice horse…but I hate the name.

Drosselmeyer had a final time of 2:31.57. Paid out $28 on a $2 bet. Fly Down ($6.80) was second and First Dude ($4.90) third.

First Dude set the pace around the first turn with Uptowncharlybrown on his tail with Ice Box 11 lengths from the lead early.

Everyone was waiting for Ice Box to make his move but the horse never did.

Over the halfway mark First Dude was being pushed by Interactif and the pace was reasonably quick with Game On Dude in 3rd.

Ice Box was 8 lengths back at the ¾ mark.  Coming around the final turn and First Dude and Game On Dude battled.

Drosselmeyer flew by them both right at the end.

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