A field of siz has been entered for the 135th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday June 7, 2003. Headlining the group is of course Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide who will attempt to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner. Six rivals were expected, but the last minute defection of Best Minister due to a lung infection left only five to take on Funny Cide. The main challenges are expected to come from Derby runner-up Empire Maker and Lone Star Derby winner Dynever, a newcomer to the Triple Crown series, but don't discount Illinois Derby winner Ten Most Wanted.
In addition to the Belmont, there are four other graded stakes on the card and a guaranteed $500,000 Pick 4 will be offered on races 8-11, plus a guaranteed $1 million Pick 6 on races 6-11. Due to the small field size, there will be no superfecta wagering on the Belmont. All of the stakes action will be telecast starting on ESPN at 3pm EDT then over to NBC at 5:30pm EDT. Check here for a full TV schedule for the day.
Free past performances and analysis are available from Daily Racing Form (PPs only here). Below are the entrants for the Belmont Stakes in post position order with morning line odds and connections. All horses will carry 126 pounds. Be sure to click the link on each horse's name to view full info, stats, and a photo
|1||Empire Maker||Bobby Frankel||Jerry Bailey||6-5|
|2||Supervisor||Linda Rice||John Velazquez||50-1|
|3||Scrimshaw||D. Wayne Lukas||Gary Stevens||20-1|
|4||Funny Cide||Barclay Tagg||Jose Santos||1-1|
|5||Dynever||Christophe Clement||Edgar Prado||5-1|
|6||Ten Most Wanted||Wally Dollase||Pat Day||10-1|
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Other Horses Receiving Votes: Best Minister-15, Storm Flag Flying-14, Ten Most Wanted-13, Eye of the Tiger-13, Most Feared-10, Elloluv-8, Go Rockin' Robin-7, Congrats-6, Outta Here-4, Lady Tak-2, Santa Catarina-2, Senor Swinger-2, Indian Express-1, Posse-1
2003 NTRA Three Year Old Poll - 06/02/03 HORSE A-S STS-1-2-3 PTS PVS PROBABLE NEXT START 1. Funny Cide (20) 3-G 5-2-2-0 200 1 6/7 Belmont Stakes 2. Empire Maker 3-C 4-2-2-0 176 2 6/7 Belmont Stakes 3. Dynever 3-C 4-3-1-0 134 3 6/7 Belmont Stakes 4. Peace Rules 3-C 4-2-0-1 111 4 Undecided 5. Atswhatimtalknbout 3-C 6-2-1-1 100 5 Undecided 6. Midas Eyes 3-C 2-2-0-0 84 6 Undecided 7. Bird Town 3-F 4-2-2-0 66 8 6/6 Acorn Stakes 8. Midway Road 3-C 4-1-1-1 54 7 Undecided 9. Scrimshaw 3-C 5-1-0-2 43 9 6/7 Belmont Stakes 10. Buddy Gil 3-G 5-3-0-0 34 10 Undecided A-S: Age-Sex, Sex: C-colt, G-gelding, H-horse, F-filly, M-mare
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