05/30/2009 3:29PM

"Triple Crown" for $1,000, Alex

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The answer is: Chateaugay, Middleground, Needles, Twenty Grand.

The correct question is: "Name the only four horses who won the Kentucky Derby, finished second in the Preakness, and then won the Belmont" -- which is what Mine That Bird will be favored to do Saturday. It would be the first time in 46 years that has happened:

Mine That Bird is only the 15th Derby winner to run second in the Preakness, and will be only the 10th such horse to try the Belmont. The other five skipped the Belmont, including the most recent two -- Street Sense in 2007 and Fusachi Pegasus in 2000.

The five most recent Derby winners before that who ran second in the Preakness all tried the Belmont and all five lost, but the previous four who tried it all won. So the total record for Derby winners/Preakness runners-up in the Belmont is 9:4-3-1-1. So history suggests not leaving Mine That Bird out of your superfectas.


--It's a light weekend on the graded-stakes front with only seven such races, four of them for turf fillies: