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Joe Kristufek's Belmont Stakes line

Daily Herald handicapper Joe Kristufek believes jockey Calvin Borel, galloping here with Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird during a workout Monday, will win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday with Mine That Bird.


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Belmont Stakes hopeful Dunkirk jogs around the track during the workout at Belmont Park on Thursday.


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An exercise rider guides Belmont Stakes hopeful Chocolate Candy off the track after a light workout at Belmont Park on Wednesday.


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Summer Bird works out at Belmont Park on Wednesday, June 3, 2009. Daily Herald handicapper Joe Kristufek believes Summer Bird will finish second in Saturday's race.


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Published: 6/4/2009 1:08 PM

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Here is how Daily Herald handicapper Joe Kristufek sees the field for Saturday's $1 million Belmont Stakes, a 11/2-mile race for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park. Advance wagering on the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown series, is available across the Illinois network beginning Friday.

Post Time 5:27 p.m. CDT; 11th Race

PP Horse Jockey/Trainer Odds Comment

7 Mine That Bird Borel/Woolley Jr. 2-1 Jockey Triple Crown

4 Summer Bird Desormeaux/Ice 12-1 Blinks on; I'm a fan

2 Dunkirk JVelazquez/Pletcher 4-1 Very serious threat

1 Chocolate Candy Gomez/Hollendorfer 10-1 Been here for a month

8 Flying Private Leparoux/Lukas 12-1 Surprise 4th in Preakness

6 Charitable Man AGarcia/McLaughlin 3-1 Getting too much hype?

3 Mr. Hot Stuff Prado/Harty 15-1 Puts it all together?

5 Luv Gov Mena/Lukas 20-1 1 for 10; outsider

10 Brave Victory Maragh/Zito 15-1 Improving for Zito

9 Miner's Escape JLezcano/Zito 15-1 May inherit the lead