Tom Durkin’s racecall still resonates in the minds of all who heard it: “…Can Smarty Jones hold on? Here comes Birdstone! Birdstone surges past! Birdstone wins the Belmont Stakes…”
On this day eleven years ago, Triple Crown hopeful Smarty Jones entered the homestretch of the Belmont Stakes “to the roar of 120,000 thousand,” but couldn’t maintain his lead after setting a blazing pace in the middle portion of the race and was passed in deep stretch by Birdstone. Relive the race by watching the replay!