Charismatic, top choice at 2-1, draws No. 4 post

Lukas happy with spot

3 have Md. connections

June 03, 1999|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

ELMONT, N.Y. -- After winning the Kentucky Derby at 31-1 and the Preakness at 8-1, Charismatic may finally be getting some respect.

After drawing the No. 4 post yesterday for the Belmont Stakes, Charismatic was named the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the 1 1/2-mile marathon Saturday at Belmont Park.

"We're extremely pleased with that," the colt's trainer, D. Wayne Lukas, said of the starting assignment.

Everyone seemed satisfied with the post positions.

"I don't think there really is a poor post with 12 horses going a mile and a half at Belmont," said Nick Zito, who trains Adonis and Stephen Got Even.

The Belmont picks post positions the old-fashioned way: by the luck of the draw. For the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, the trainers, jockeys and owners select their own starting spots.

Three of the 12 entries have strong ties to Maryland. Best of Luck (10-1) and Patience Game (20-1) were born there. And Best of Luck and Lemon Drop Kid (20-1) are owned by Marylanders.

A son of Broad Brush and Crowned, Best of Luck was foaled at Allaire duPont's Woodstock Farm in Cecil County. DuPont bred and owns the colt.

A son of Woodman and Starboard Tack, Patience Game was born at Ross Valley Farm in Baltimore County. He finished fifth in the Preakness.

Jinny Vance and Laddie Dance own Lemon Drop Kid. They also own Taylor's Purchase Farm near Sparks.

Pub Date: 6/03/99

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