This year, the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) will not have a horse going for the Triple Crown, with Nyquist winning the Kentucky Derby and Exaggerator winning the Preakness Stakes. Unfortunately, Nyquist is out due to illness, so it will be Exaggerator against several horses who ran in either the Preakness or the Kentucky Derby plus a few newcomers.
Entries were taken and post positions drawn on Wednesday June 8, with 13 three-year-olds set to try the 1 1/2 mile "Test of a Champion" around Big Sandy on Saturday afternoon. As expected Preakness Stakes winner Exaggerator, who drew the 11 post, is the 9-5 morning line favorite off his Preakness win after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby. In to challenge him include 6-1 second choice Destin out of post 2, 6th in the Kentucky Derby after winning the Tampa Bay Derby (G2), and 8-1 third choice Cherry Wine from post 2, second in the Preakness after finishing third in the Blue Grass.
Live television coverage will be provided from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network and 4:30-7:30 p.m. on NBC, with post time for the Belmont Stakes scheduled for 6:52 p.m. All times are Eastern time zone.
Be sure to click the link on each horse's name to view full info, stats, and a photo.
Analyzing the Belmont Stakes Contenders - Our annual analysis using popular angles and statistical trends to see who best matches the profile of a Belmont winner. This year the horses are closely matched with a 3-way tie for the top.
2016 Belmont Stakes Thursday Photos - Photos and comments for 12 of the Belmont contenders on Thursday June 9 including Brody's Cause, Gettysburg, and Exaggerator plus a bonus of Frosted.
Triple Crown Winners - Only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown, but 23 have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness only to fail in the Belmont and 9 of those were since 1997! Find out who they were and who beat them.
Belmont Winners - all past winners with breeding, connections, time, odds, etc.