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2002 Belmont Contenders

Updated: 06/05/2002

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Belmont Poll
Who will win the Belmont?

Artax Too
Like A Hero
Wiseman's Ferry
Essence of Dubai
Sunday Break
Perfect Drift
Medaglia d'Oro
Proud Citizen
War Emblem
Magic Weisner

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Artax Too

Trainer:   Jennifer Leigh-Pedersen
Jockey:   Jose Santos
Foaling Date:   1-26-99
Breeding:   Marquetry - Done With Pleasure by Foolish Pleasure
Dosage Profile:   12-3-6-0-1
Dosage Index/CD:   4.50   1.14
2-year-old Record: 1 starts 0-0-0   $0
Note:Allowance winner at Belmont last out.

Essence of Dubai

Trainer:   Saeed bin Suroor
Jockey:   Jerry Bailey
Foaling Date:   3-7-99
Breeding:   Pulpit - Epitome by Summing
Dosage Profile:   7-2-7-0-0
Dosage Index/CD:   3.57   1.00
2-year-old Record: 4 starts 2-0-1   $193,200
Note:Flopped in the Derby and has been training up to the Belmont since.

Like A Hero

Trainer:   Beau Greely
Jockey:   Pat Day
Foaling Date:   1-24-99
Breeding:   Pleasant Colony - Like A Hawk by Silver Hawk
Dosage Profile:   3-1-18-0-2
Dosage Index/CD:   1.18   0.13
2-year-old Record: 0 starts 0-0-0   $0
Note:Just won the Alydar Stakes at Hollywood Park on May 23rd.

Magic Weisner

Trainer:   Nancy Alberts
Jockey:   Richard Migliore
Foaling Date:   5-3-99
Breeding:   Ameri Valay - Jazema by Bold Forbes
Dosage Profile:   3-3-2-0-0
Dosage Index/CD:   7.00   1.13
2-year-old Record: 6 starts 3-1-0   $97,110
Note:Fast closing second place finisher in the Preakness is still undecided about the Belmont.

Medaglia d'Oro

Trainer:   Bobby Frankel
Jockey:   Kent Desormeaux
Foaling Date:   4-11-99
Breeding:   El Prado - Cappucino Bay by Bailjumper
Dosage Profile:   2-6-14-4-0
Dosage Index/CD:   1.36   0.23
2-year-old Record: 1 starts 0-1-0   $4,120
Note:Favored in the Preakness but disappointed. Frankel claimed he "didn't like the track".

Photo courtesy of Tina HinesPerfect Drift

Trainer:   Murray W. Johnson
Jockey:   Eddie Delahoussaye
Foaling Date:   4-29-99
Breeding:   Dynaformer - Nice Gal by Naskra
Dosage Profile:   8-3-18-0-1
Dosage Index/CD:   2.00   0.57
2-year-old Record: 2 starts 1-1-0   $20,860
Note:Third place Derby finisher has been training up to the Belmont.

Proud Citizen

Trainer:   D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey:   Mike Smith
Foaling Date:   3-3-99
Breeding:   Gone West - Dreams Of Freedom x Green Forest
Dosage Profile:   10-6-14-0-0
Dosage Index/CD:   3.29   0.87
2-year-old Record: 4 starts 1-1-0   $36,034
Note:Second in the Derby and third in the Preakness. Will try to catch War Emblem one more time in the Belmont.


Trainer:   H. Allen Jerkens
Jockey:   Jean Luc Samyn
Foaling Date:   1-14-99
Breeding:   Pine Bluff - Taine by Sir Ivor
Dosage Profile:   5-11-20-0-0
Dosage Index/CD:   2.60   0.58
2-year-old Record: 0 starts 0-0-0   $0
Note:SCRATCHED due to a bruised foot


Trainer:   Ken McPeek
Jockey:   Edgar Prado
Foaling Date:   3-2-99
Breeding:   Wild Again - Rhythm of Life by Deputy Minister
Dosage Profile:   8-6-8-0-0
Dosage Index/CD:   4.50   1.00
2-year-old Record: 5 starts 1-1-0   $31,805
Note:Sir Barton Stakes winner on the Preakness undercard.

Sunday Break

Trainer:   Neil Drysdale
Jockey:   Gary Stevens
Foaling Date:   4-19-99
Breeding:   Forty Niner - Catequill by Storm Cat
Dosage Profile:   11-5-13-0-3
Dosage Index/CD:   2.37   0.66
2-year-old Record: 2 starts 0-1-1   $12,720
Note:Didn't get in the Derby due to earnings and passed on the Preakness to run in the Peter Pan instead. He won there so on to the Belmont now.

War Emblem

Trainer:   Bob Baffert
Jockey:   Victor Espinoza
Foaling Date:   2-20-99
Breeding:   Our Emblem - Sweetest Lady by Lord At War
Dosage Profile:   9-4-8-1-0
Dosage Index/CD:   3.40   0.95
2-year-old Record: 3 starts 2-0-0   $36,000
Note:Derby and Preakness winner will try to finish off the Triple Crown.

Wiseman's Ferry

Trainer:   Niall O'Callaghan
Jockey:   Jorge Chavez
Foaling Date:   3-11-99
Breeding:   Hennessy - Emmaus by Silver Deputy
Dosage Profile:   2-1-5-2-0
Dosage Index/CD:   1.22   0.30
2-year-old Record: 6 starts 1-1-1   $48,117
Note:Winner of the Lone Star Derby raced in Europe as a 2-year-old.

All photos ©2001,2002 Cindy Pierson Dulay or Terence Dulay except where noted on the photo. Sunday Break courtesy of Deborah Kral.

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