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Sorry, Charley

If 10-1 shot Uptowncharlybrown had won the Belmont Stakes yesterday, it would have been a memorable feel-good story.

The colt's original trainer, Alan Seewald, died April 12, and he was the best friend of Bob Hutt, founder and managing partner of Fantasy Lane Stable.

Unfortunately, more misfortune struck Hutt and his partners, and it wasn't apparent until after the race.

Uptowncharlybrown gave Hutt and his 59 investors a thrill when he moved into fourth at the furlong pole. But he tired to finish fifth, about 3 lengths behind Drosselmeyer.

The $30,000 in purse earnings would have been a nice consolation prize. But when jockey Rajiv Maragh weighed in, the scale read only 118 pounds, not 126, because an 8-pound lead pad had fallen out of his saddle at the seven-eighths pole.

His mount was disqualified and placed last in the field of 12.

"He was there all of the way,'' Maragh said, "but he got a little worn out at the end. It was a mile-and-a-half and it was pretty hot. I think that took a toll on him.''

Losing the $30,000 was bad enough, but if "Charly'' had won the race, it would have been a historic and uniquely brutal reversal of fortune.


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