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Dosage profiles and tea leaves in the 2010 Belmont Stakes

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I am not a handicapper, nor do I play one on TV. But I can’t resist nosing around with some of the dosage profiles of this year’s Belmont contenders.

Dosage has fallen out of favor, so much so that the pedigrees on the Belmont Stakes website don’t include dosage profiles.

But I became intrigued by dosage when I saw an article (that I, of course, can’t find now) comparing the dosage profiles of Smarty Jones and Birdstone. You may recall that Smarty won the first two jewels of the Triple Crown, along with the hearts of race fans all over America. But Birdstone out-ran him down that long stretch in The Belmont.

According to the dosage numbers (see my post explaining dosage and why-I-dig-dosage-for-the-Triple-Crown), Smarty Jones was bred for speed, not necessarily for staying power. Not like Birdstone.

So, who’s got the pedigree that can take him the mile-and-a-half distance this year?

2010 Belmont Stakes TV coverage

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Saturday, June 5, is the 2010 running of the Belmont Stakes. No Triple Crown is on the line this year. Nor are the Kentucky Derby winner or the Preakness Stakes winner running in the Belmont. So what?

Because winning The Belmont is still a test of stamina, even for a horse who isn’t in the running to win the Triple Crown.