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Facing facts: A look at who's who at the Belmont

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It's one thing to photographic the winners and losers at the wire, but it's infinitely more fascinating to take stock of the faces of the players both horse and human. Here's a close-up look at the stars of Belmont Stakes Day.

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Golden Soul and Robby Albarado emerge from the shadows for the Belmont Stakes.

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85-year-old Cot Campbell shortly after his Palace Malice stuns the Belmont field at 14-1.

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A million-dollar smile in a million-dollar race from Palace Malice jockey Mike Smith.

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Mike Smith (l), Todd Pletcher, and Cot Campbell bask in victory after the Belmont Stakes.

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To look at Cornelio Velasquez, you'd never know he was the winner.

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Trainer Shug McGaughey is as serious watching his runner on the undercard as he is saddling Orb for the Belmont.

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You can't win 'em all. After piloting Power Broker to victory in the Easy Goer, jockey Rosie Napravnik and fellow filly Unlimited Budget finish sixth in the Belmont.

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Jockey Garrett Gomez gives fans the thumbs up heading to the paddock to ride Hungry Island in the Just A Game. They finished third.

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Is Mike Smith starting a new dance craze?

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A pensive Gary Stevens prior to the Just A Game.

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Julien Leparoux adjusts his equipment prior to the Just A Game.

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Top mare Mizdirection before the Just A Game.

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Edwin Maldonado prior to the Woody Stephens.

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Declan's Warrior and Jose Lezcano are greeted by a less-than-happy Nick Zito after a second in the Woody Stephens.

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Exercise rider Jennifer Patterson has a congratulatory hug for John Velazquez as Point of Entry looks on after the Manhattan.

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 Orb peaks over the lead pony in the Belmont post parade.

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 A dusty Julien Leparoux aboard Vyjack after finishing 8th in the Belmont.

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Tanya Terranova greets Fast Bullet and Joel Rosario after a big win in the True North Handicap.

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Allison McGaughey watches husband, trainer Shug McGaughey, saddle Point of Entry before the Manhattan.

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Shug McGaughey's longtime right-hand man Buzzy Tenney accompanies Hungry Island in the paddock before the Just A Game.

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John Velazquez and Point of Entry in the paddock before the Manhattan.

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Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Joel Rosario return after finishing third in the Belmont.

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 Vyjack and trainer Rudy Rodriguez head to the post in the Belmont.

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Wayne Catalano give Stephanie's Kitten a nose rub as owner Ken Ramsey leads his filly down victory lane after taking the Just A Game.

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Rosie Napravnik and Power Broker are all business in the Easy Goer.

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Twenty-one-year-old jockey Luis Saez won five races at Belmont on May 31. 

 

Long-time racing photographer Tod Marks has been a part of The Saratoga Special and Steeplechase Times for years, and a racing fan for even longer. See his work online, and check this space regularly. His View from the Rail Photo Gallery will be a weekly part of thisishorseracing.com. 

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