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Thursday, May 10, 2001
Foreign invader earns ticket to Belmont

By Alan Shuback
Daily Racing Form

Dr Greenfield, owned by Team Valor and trained by Gerard Butler, booked passage to the Belmont Stakes with a sharp victory in the listed Dee Stakes at Chester Racecourse in England on Thursday.

Sent off at 5-2, Dr Greenfield was always well-placed in the about 1 1/4-mile race. He led approaching the furlong pole and went on to defeat the 2-1 favorite, Grandera, by a half-length for his third straight win, clocking 2:09.90 on good-to-firm ground.

"He got a perfect ride from Kieren Fallon," said Team Valor1s Barry Irwin, who watched the race via satellite in Lexington, Ky. "He1s an ideal horse for the Belmont, as he has the ability to lay up close and keep finding more."

Irwin said that Dr Greenfield, a son of 1992 Epsom Derby winner Dr Devious, would arrive in New York on June 5, five days before the Belmont. "I would love to have Fallon ride him, but he will be on the favorite Golan in the Epsom Derby the same day," Irwin said. "We1re going to try and get Jerry Bailey for the Belmont."