5 beaten Derby faves who won Preakness, Belmont

For those who aren’t sold on Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have

Another adding the Preakness to his winning resume Saturday and

setting up a Triple Crown try in the Belmont Stakes, we present the

Bodemeister scenario: beaten Derby favorite returns to avenge his

defeat by not only winning the Preakness, but going on to take the


There have been 18 Preakness-Belmont winners, but seven did not

run in the Derby, including Man o’ War in 1920. Here’s a look at a

handful of disappointing Derby favorites who came through in the

next two legs of the Triple Crown.


In Bob Baffert’s mind, Point Given was a cinch to give the

trainer his third Derby win in five years. But the huge colt bumped

with Monarchos early on, was eventually taken to the outside, had

nothing left in the stretch and finished fifth as the 9-5 favorite.

Monarchos won by 4 3/4 lengths. Point Given was the slight favorite

in the Preakness and won by 2 1/4 lengths, with Monarchos finishing

sixth. In the Belmont, the colt pulled away in the stretch and won

by 12 1/4 lengths. ”A man racing against boys,” Baffert has


HANSEL (1991)

Hansel went off as the 5-2 Derby favorite, but Strike the Gold

rallied from way back and passed almost every horse in the field to

win by 1 3/4 lengths. Hansel, who ducked in and brushed another

horse in the stretch and finished 10th, made amends by edging

Strike the Gold by a head in the Preakness, then won the Belmont by

seven lengths over Corporate Report, the horse Hansel brushed in

the Derby.


A strong 8-5 favorite, Damascus (with Bill Shoemaker aboard) was

poised to pounce on the far turn, but had nothing left in the

stretch as 30-1 long shot Proud Clarion pulled the upset and

Damascus wound up third, four lengths back. In the Preakness,

Damascus circled the field with a rush, took the lead at the

quarter pole and won by 2 1/4 lengths (Proud Clarion was third). He

won the Belmont three weeks later.

NASHUA (1955)

With Eddie Arcaro aboard, Nashua was the 6-5 Derby favorite, but

Swaps (ridden by Bill Shoemaker) drew clear in the final

sixteenth-of-a-mile to win by 1 1/2 lengths. Swaps did not run in

the Preakness, and Nashua won it as well as the Belmont.


Sent off as the 7-10 favorite in the Derby, Native Dancer was

roughed up in the first turn by Money Broker, eased back in the

pack, raced wide, was bumped again in the stretch and still closed

with but lost by a nose to 24-1 long shot Dark Star. Native Dancer

came back and won the Withers, and then took the Preakness by a

neck and the Belmont by the same margin.

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