Post time from Belmont Park in Elmont New York is scheduled for 6:35PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by NBC.
A field of 12 three year old colts and geldings are set the run the grueling distance of 1 ½ miles on the dirt surface. Many in this race will never run this distance of ground the rest of their racing career.
The morning line favorite is Kentucky Derby winning horse Animal Kingdom as he has been made the 2:1 favorite.
The winner of the Belmont Stakes was #3 Ruler on Ice.
Rule on Ice paid $51.50 to win $26.00 to place and $13.60 to show.
Finishing second was #2 Stay Thirsty.
Stay Thursty paid $19.40 to place and $10.80 to show.
The third place horse was #5 Brilliant Speed.
He paid $7.90 to show.
The 3-2 Exacta returned $928.00
The 3-2-5 Trifecta paid $8,268.00
The 3-2-5-6 Superfect returned $74,052.00
The weather has come up cloudy in Elmont New York with a 60% chance of rain. The hourly forecast reveals a 15% chance of rain between 6 and 7PM Eastern Time.
The Belmont Stakes has been listed as the 11th race on the program today.
Play #6 Nehro and #5 Brilliant Speed to win.
Nehro comes in off the layoff following his second place finish in the Kentucky Derby. He skipped the Preakness for this spot.
He posted a nice second place effort in the Kentucky Derby while posting an impressive 99 Beyer in that contest.
Liked his closing run in the Arkansas Derby in his second place effort back on April 16th.
This one will appreciate the extra distance of ground. Showed he can come from behind or run his race stalking.
Cory Nakatani stays aboard Nehro and is trained by Steve Asmussen.
Brillant Speed made up good ground late in the Kentucky Derby with his 7th place finish just 5 ½ lengths behind. Was a victim of a slow first ½ mile in Derby.
Aboard this three year old colt is Joel Rosario and is trained by Thomas Albertani.
He too is fresh since skipping the Preakness Stakes. He posted his best every Beyer performance in the Kentucky Derby at 95 while fighting traffic.
Play #6 with #5 with #9 Animal Kingdom in an Exacta Box.
The Kentucky Derby winner has John Velazquez in the irons and trained by Graham Motion.
Animal Kingdom will be running his fifth race in the past 90 days.
He has posted back to back 103 Beyer figures in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
Just think we will see a bounce back a bit here while facing fresher foes pointing for this spot.
Play #6 with #5 with #9 with #12 Shackleford in a Trifecta Box.
Shackleford is the Preakness winner and is ridden by Jose Castanon and trained by Dale Romans.
This three year old colt was able to hold the lead in the Preakness Stakes. He took advantage of the tight turns to take the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
The Belmont Stakes is a much different race.
In the 1 ¼ mile effort in the Kentucky Derby he was able to set early slow fractions but still while hitting the stretch coughed up the lead faltering to fourth place as he was passed by both Nehro and Animal Kingdom.
Play #6 with #5 with #9 with #12 with #4 Santiva in a Superfecta Box
Santiva will have the services of Shaun Bridgmohan in the irons and is trained by Eddie Kenneally.
He too is coming off a layoff since skipping the Preakness Stakes following his 6th place finish in the Kentucky Derby.
The colt posted a career best 95 Beyer figure in that effort.
That will not be fast enough to land in the winner’s circle but made up ground enough in the Kentucky Derby to figure in the exotics.
But you have to respect the fact that this one cashes checks with five in the money finishes in his seven lifetime starts.
Off the layoff ran a good second in the Grade 2 Risen Start in his three year old debut.
The three year old colts and geldings will all by carrying 126 pounds in the Belmont Stakes.
No fillies have been entered in the third jewel of the Triple Crown.
The great Secretariat owns the Belmont Stakes track record running 2:24 flat in his 1973 winning effort.