Belmont Stakes Sneak Peak

Here is a preliminary list of possible starters for the Belmont Stakes on June 8th at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.  The post-position draw for the Belmont is set for 5:30 p.m. on June 4th.

BOURBON WAR

Trainer: Mark Hennig

Jockey: Mike Smith 

Last race:  8th in Preakness (May 18 at Pimlico)

EVERFAST

Trainer: Dale Romans

Jockey: Luis Saez

Last race:  2nd in Preakness (May 18 at Pimlico)

INTREPID HEART

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Last race:  3rd in Peter Pan (May 11 at Belmont)

JOEVIA

Trainer: Greg Sacco

Jockey: TBA

Last race: 1st in Long Branch Stakes (May 12 at Monmouth)

MASTER FENCER

Trainer: Koichi Tsunoda

Jockey: Julien Leparoux

Last race:  6th in Kentucky Derby (May 4 at Churchill)

SIR WINSTON

Trainer: Mark Casse

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Last race:  2nd in Peter Pan (May 11 at Belmont)

SPINOFF

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Last race: 18th in Kentucky Derby (May 4 at Churchill)

TACITUS

Trainer: Bill Mott

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Last race:  3rd in Kentucky Derby (May 4 at Churchill)

TAX

Trainer: Danny Gargan

Jockey: TBA

Last race: 14th in Kentucky Derby (May 4 at Churchill)

WAR OF WILL

Trainer: Mark Casse

Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione

Last race:  1st in Preakness (May 18 at Pimlico)

WAR OF WILL is likely to be the Post Time favorite.  He is looking to become the first horse to finish unplaced in the Kentucky Derby and go on to Win the Preakness and Belmont since POINT GIVEN in 2001, and the first non-Derby Winner to win both races since AFLEET ALEX in 2005.

If searching for Value in this field (and DRB always is) the two Todd Pletcher horses are worth a look.  Pletcher has Won the Belmont three times previous: TAPWRIT, 2017; PALACE MALICE, 2013; RAGS TO RICHES, 2007.

The complete field for the 151st running of the Belmont should be set by Sunday.  Be sure to stop back to the Daily Racing Blog as we will begin to take a closer look at each of the runners.

 

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