PEDIGREE, DISTANCE BENEFIT CHARITABLE MAN

By MICHAEL VEITCH

Who is equipped with the bloodlines to get the demanding distance of the Belmont Stakes? Pedigree analysis is popular on an annual basis in the weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby, when 3-year-olds are asked for the first time to run 1-1/4 miles.

The best of the crop will probably run that distance again, in races such as the Travers, Jockey Club Gold Cup and Breeders’ Cup Classic.The Belmont Stakes is at 1-1/2 miles, and it is likely the participants will never run that far again unless they switch to turf or contest the Breeders’ Cup Marathon.So let’s take an alphabetical look today at the pedigrees of the probables, as of this writing, in the 141st edition of the Belmont Stakes, to be run on Saturday.

Charitable Man: Unbeaten in two starts at Belmont, he is a son of Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid, who has a fabulous pedigree himself.

Charitable Man’s female family traces to Bald Facts, a half-sister to the tremendous Exceller, winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup at 1-1/2 miles over Triple Crown winners Seattle Slew and Affirmed.

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