The Belmont Stakes, run as the primary leg of the Triple Crown final 12 months due to the pandemic, will return to its customary spot as its last jewel on Saturday, however there shall be no coronation.
Medina Spirit, who failed a drug check after successful the Kentucky Derby on May 1 and completed third within the Preakness whereas outcomes of a second pattern have been nonetheless pending, was barred from the Belmont by the New York Racing Association as a part of a ban in opposition to his coach, Bob Baffert. On Wednesday, the optimistic drug check was confirmed. Now Rombauer, the winner of the Preakness, will headline the sector of eight.
The Belmont horses are listed so as of put up place, with feedback by Joe Drape and Melissa Hoppert of The New York Times. The morning-line odds have been set by David Aragona of the New York Racing Association.
Purse: $1 million assured Distance: 1½ miles
Track document: For a mile and a half, 2:24 (Secretariat, 1973); for a mile and an eighth, 1:45.40 (Secretariat, 1973)
Weight: 126 kilos
Post time: Saturday at 6:49 p.m. Eastern
How to observe: Coverage on Saturday begins on NBC Sports Network at Three p.m., Eastern time, and strikes to NBC at 5 p.m. Coverage will even be streamed on NBC Sports Live.
Joe Drape’s win-place-show picks: Essential Quality, Known Agenda, Bourbonic
Melissa Hoppert’s picks: Known Agenda, Essential Quality, Rock Your World
Here’s how we see the sector:
Trainer: Todd Pletcher Jockey: Kendrick Carmouche Odds: 15-1
Drape: If this late runner finds the winner’s circle, Carmouche would be the first Black jockey to win the Test of the Champion since Willie Simms in 1894.
Hoppert: Pletcher has discovered a successful method in working within the Derby, skipping the Preakness, then capturing the Belmont, however of his three entries, the 13th-place Derby finisher shouldn’t be the one to win right here.
2. Essential Quality
Trainer: Brad Cox Jockey: Luis Saez Odds: 2-1
Drape: In the Kentucky Derby, this colt was bumped on the gate, hung large round each turns and nonetheless was a fast-closing fourth. Your winner on Saturday.
Hoppert: He has tactical velocity and shouldn’t have any downside with the mile and a half as his sire, Tapit, has produced three Belmont winners. If Drape is choosing the favourite, you would possibly as properly take this one to the financial institution.
Rombauer after his morning gallop at Belmont Park on Wednesday.Credit…Sarah Stier/Getty Images
Trainer: Michael McCarthy Jockey: John Velazquez Odds: Three-1
Drape: The Preakness winner may need fired his finest shot in Baltimore.
Hoppert: He picks up the Derby-winning jockey who is aware of his means round Big Sandy and ought to be within the combine as the sector turns for residence.
four. Hot Rod Charlie
Trainer: Doug O’Neill Jockey: Flavien Prat Odds: 7-2
Drape: This colt has a excessive cruising velocity, however can he hold it going for a mile and a half?
Hoppert: Prat, who rode Hot Rod Charlie to a third-place end within the Derby and received the Preakness aboard Rombauer, is betting massive on the horse his fraternity brother homeowners name Chuck.
5. France Go de Ina
Trainer: Hideyuki Mori Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr. Odds: 30-1
Drape: He was crushed by greater than 17 lengths whereas ending seventh within the Preakness. Hard to love.
Hoppert: Based in Japan, he’s making solely his second North American begin, and it’s extremely unlikely that it’ll go higher than the primary.
Known Agenda coaching at Belmont Park on Thursday.Credit…Seth Wenig/Associated Press
6. Known Agenda
Trainer: Todd Pletcher Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr. Odds: 6-1
Drape: He misplaced any probability within the Derby when he drew the No. 1 put up. He completed second on this observe final fall. He is working as if he likes the footing. Expect a giant one.
Hoppert: The ninth-place Derby finisher is bred for the gap and has the highest jockey in North America — and at Belmont Park — on his again. He was my decide within the Derby, and I’m going to stay with him right here. (But field him with Essential Quality.)
7. Rock Your World
Trainer: John Sadler Jockey: Joel Rosario Odds: 9-2
Drape: The Santa Anita Derby winner beat solely two residence within the Derby. He received’t get the simple lead he wants.
Hoppert: His Derby end doesn’t inform the entire story as he had a dismal journey in that race. Expect an improved efficiency right here, and go away him off your unique tickets at your personal peril.
Trainer: Todd Pletcher Jockey: Manny Franco Odds: 20-1
Drape: Like his stablemate Bourbonic, this colt shall be coming from means again.
Hoppert: The third-place finisher within the Peter Pan Stakes right here in early May is the lone contender who has but to run in a Triple Crown race. And despite the fact that he has the pedigree for this marathon race, he nonetheless appears out of his league.