A field of 11 has been entered for the 137th running of the Belmont Stakes and as expected there will be a rematch between Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo and Preakness winner Afleet Alex. Afleet Alex gets the nod as favorite at 6-5 with Giacomo next at 4-1 while third choice went to Peter Pan Stakes runner-up Reverberate at 6-1. This should be an exciting rubber match between the two Classic winners so be sure not to miss this race! The $1 million Belmont Stakes will be run as the 11th of 13 races on Saturday and will be televised live on NBC from 5:30 to 7pm EDT.
Below are the horses in post position order with morning line odds listed. Click the link on each horse's name to view his full info, stats, and a photo where available. A star by the dosage indicates a dual qualifier, although by this point the only ones left are Afleet Alex and Southern Africa.
Who will win the Belmont?
Triple Crown quick links:
Top Kentucky Derby Contenders - my list of the top horses headed to the Derby with profiles for each with photos, stats, and link to more info like past performances and pedigree.
Analyzing the top 2013 Kentucky Derby contenders - My annual analysis of the top contenders to try and select a winner by matching each to the profile of a Kentucky Derby winner using many of the more popular angles and statistical trends. This year there were is a 3-way tie for the top spot: Goldencents, Normandy Invasion, and Overanalyze.
2013 Kentucky Derby And Oaks Security - New enhanced stricter rules will be enforced this year. Be sure to read the rules as many have changed and more things are banned. There will still be magnetic wand searches of all patrons and many things are no longer allowed. Check here to make sure you don't bring anything they will confiscate.
Review: Triple Crown Handicapper 2013 - by Jim Mazur. Includes lots of stats for all 3 races and explains how to use a system of statistically derived negative angles to eliminate the "bad" picks.
Review: Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments - Commemorative DVD from Churchill Downs with video from 27 different runnings along with interviews, photos, and historical info. Definitely recommended for any racing fan!
Review: Churchill Downs - America's Most Historic Racetrack by Kimberly Gatto. An entertaining and informative account of the history of the track and it's most famous race, the Kentucky Derby, with lots of photos. Definitely recommended.
NTRA Three-Year-Old Poll 06/06/05 HORSE A-S STS-1-2-3 PTS PVS PROBABLE NEXT START
1. Afleet Alex (15) 3-C 5-3-0-1 168 1 6/11 Belmont Stakes
2. Giacomo (2) 3-C 5-1-1-2 154 2 6/11 Belmont Stakes
3. Lost In The Fog 3-C 4-4-0-0 114 4 6/11 Riva Ridge S.
4. Scrappy T 3-G 5-2-1-2 91 3 6/25 Colonial Turf
5. Closing Argument 3-C 4-1-1-1 83 5 Undecided
6. Bellamy Road 3-C 3-2-0-0 77 6 Undecided
7. Don't Get Mad 3-C 5-1-1-1 53 7 Undecided
8. Summerly 3-F 5-4-0-0 45 9 6/25 Mother Goose S.
9. Buzzards Bay 3-C 5-2-0-1 43 8 Undecided
10. Oratory 3-C 5-3-2-0 27 10 8/27 Travers Stakes
A_S: Age-Sex, Sex: C-colt, G-gelding, F-filly.
Other Horses Receiving Votes: Sun King-21, High Fly-14, Pinpoint-10, Sis
City-9, Flower Alley-7, Bandini-5, Rockport Harbor-4, Andromeda's
Hero-2, English Channel-2, High Limit-2, Melhor Ainda-1, Round Pond-1,
Southern Africa-1, Spun Sugar-1.