06/18/2010 3:08PM

Belmont: Common thread


  Today's first three winners - Bahama Bound (1st, $9.40), Commonwealth Rush (2nd, $5.20) and Zaphyra (3rd, $4.10) - were sired respectively by Empire Maker (2003), Afleet Alex (2005) and Victory Gallop (1998), who all won the Belmont Stakes. Kid Kate, a daughter of 1999 Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid, completed the 3rd race exacta behind Zaphyra.

  There are two more such horses left on the card, Dear Marylou (4th) and Birdrun (8th), both sired by Birdstone.