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Jazil Cruises to Belmont Victory

June 10, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) _ Jazil came roaring around the final turn and cruised to victory in the $1 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, taking the final leg of the Triple Crown against a lackluster field missing the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners.

Without Barbaro and Bernardini, the Belmont was missing its usual appeal, but 18-year-old jockey Fernando Jara and Jazil had the crowd on its feet and cheering at Belmont Park in holding off Bluegrass Cat at the finish.

Jazil gave trainer Kiaran McLaughlin his first win in a Triple Crown race, and gave Dubai’s sheiks a second straight win in a classic.

The 3-year-old Jazil is owned by Sheik Hamdan’s Shadwell Stable, while Bernardini is owned by Dubai’s Sheik Mohammed.

Jazil wove his way through the tightly packed 12-horse field, and Jara angled his bay colt to the outside for the stretch run and 1 1/4-length victory in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont, the longest and most grueling race of the Triple Crown.

``You don’t know how I feel right now,″ Jara said. ``This is amazing.″

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