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The post position draw for the 153rd Belmont Stakes was held on Tuesday June 1st at Belmont Park and a field of only 8 made final entry for the 153rd renewal of the 1 1/2 mile "Test of the Champion" after UAE Derby (G2) winner Rebel's Romance scratched out due to a hind leg infection. This year, the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) will not have a horse going for the Triple Crown, with Medina Spirit winning the Kentucky Derby and Rombauer winning the Preakness Stakes. Several of the Kentucky Derby horses who skipped the Preakness are back plus one new shooter ready to try his luck. Also, this year no horse will have competed in all three legs of the Triple Crown!
Blue Grass Stakes (G1) winner Essential Quality is the 2-1 morning line favorite after finishing a close 4th in the Kentucky Derby (G1), with regular rider Luis Saez in the saddle for trainer Brad Cox from post 2. Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Rombauer is the 7-2 second choice from post 3. New jockey John Velazquez picks up the mount for trainer Mike McCarthy. Hot Rod Charlie is the 7-2 third choice out of post 4. The Doug O'Neill trainee finished third in the Derby after winning the Louisiana Derby (G2). Regular rider Flavien Prat (who won the Preakness on Rombauer) retains the ride.
Live television coverage will be provided from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Network and 5:00-7:00 p.m. on NBC, with post time for the Belmont Stakes scheduled for 6:37 p.m. All times are Eastern time zone.
Free past performances are available here from BRISnet (look for Overtook or Known Agenda).
Be sure to click the link on each horse's name to view full info, stats, and a photo.
|1||Bourbonic||Todd Pletcher||3.00||Kendrick Carmouche||15-1|
|2||Essential Quality||Brad Cox||3.00||Luis Saez||2-1|
|3||Rombauer||Mike McCarthy||1.86||John Velazquez||3-1|
|4||Hot Rod Charlie||Doug O'Neill||3.00||Flavien Prat||7-2|
|5||France Go de Ina||Hideyuki Mori||7.00||Ricardo Santana Jr.||30-1|
|6||Known Agenda||Todd Pletcher||1.44||Irad Ortiz Jr.||6-1|
|7||Rock Your World||John Sadler||2.20||Joel Rosario||9-2|
|8||Overtook||Todd Pletcher||3.29||Manny Franco||20-1|
|Note: All horses will carry 126 lbs.|
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