On Tuesday final entries were taken and post positions drawn for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) presented by NYRA Bets. There is no Triple Crown on the line, given that Rich Strike did not run in the Preakness, so a small field of just 8 will go to post on Saturday afternoon for the 1 1/2 mile "Test of the Champion", one complete lap of the main oval at Belmont Park.
We the People drew the rail and is the 2-1 morning line favorite off his win in the Peter Pan (G3) after disappointing in seventh in the Arkansas Derby (G1). Flavien Prat will be in the irons for trainer Rodolphe Brisset. Wood Memorial (G1) Mo Donegal is the 5-2 second choice from post 6 after finishing fifth in the Kentucky Derby (G1). Irad Ortiz Jr. rides again for trainer Todd Pletcher. Kentucky Derby upset winner Rich Strike is the 7-2 third choice, after bypassing the Preakness to prepare for the Belmont. Regular rider Sonny Leon retains the mount for trainer Eric Reed.
We do have a filly taking on the boys this year, as Nest will break from post 3 with Jose Ortiz aboard at odds of 8-1. She is trained by Todd Pletcher who is the last trainer to win the race with a filly, Rags to Riches in the 2007 Belmont Stakes.
Live television coverage on Saturday June 11 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 6:44 p.m., carded as Race 11. 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. Free past performances are available from BRISnet here (look for Nest).
Note: All horses will carry 126 lbs except Nest who will have 121 lbs.
Triple Crown quick links:
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 top horse isn't one of the colts but the lone filly!
2022 Belmont Festival Friday Stakes Results - Friday at Belmont Park had 5 stakes races: the New York Stakes (G1) won by Bleecker Street, the True North (G2) won by Jackie's Warrior, the Belmont Gold Cup Invitational (G2) won by Loft, the Bed o'Roses Invitational (G2) won by Bella Sofia, and the Intercontinental Stakes (G3) won by Caravel. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
2022 Belmont Friday Workouts - Friday morning at Belmont Park, three of the Belmont Stakes horses were out on the main track. Check out photos and comments for We the People, Rich Strike, and Creative Minister.
Wonder Again (G2), Astoria, and Tremont Stakes - The Belmont Stakes Festival kicked off on Thursday with three stakes races, the Wonder Again Stakes (G2) won by Consumer Spending, the Astoria Stakes won by Devious Dame, and the Tremont Stakes won by Two of a Kind. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Fillies in the Belmont - This year there will be a filly in the race, the 24th to try her luck against the boys. Check out the other 23 who tried and the 3 who won.
Early Voting burns up the Preakness (G1) - On an oppressively hot Saturday at Pimlico, Early Voting pressed the pace to win the 2022 Preakness Stakes (G1) by 1 1/4 lengths over favorite Epicenter and Creative Minister. Get the results, chart, and photos here.
Black-Eyed Susan Day Results - Interstatedaydream pressed the pace and took the lead in the stretch to win the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) by 1 1/4 lengths at Pimlico on Friday while favorite Adare Manor finished 2nd. There were 5 other stakes on the card including the Pimlico Special (G3) won by First Captain, the Allaire Dupont Distaff (G3) won by Super Quick, and the Hilltop Stakes won by Pizza Bianca. Get the results, charts, and photos for all 6 races here.
Rich Strike shocks in the 2022 Kentucky Derby (G1) - Saturday at Churchill Downs, long shot Rich Strike who drew in from the also-eligibles rallied from far back to win the Kentucky Derby (G1) by 3/4 length over favorite Epicenter with Zandon third. He is the second highest paying Derby winner ever. Get the results, chart, and photos here.
Secret Oath wins the 2022 Kentucky Oaks (G1) - Secret Oath drew away in the muddy stretch to win the Kentucky Oaks (G1) by 2 lengths at Churchill Downs on Friday, giving trainer D. Wayne Lukas his 5th Oaks victory. Favorite Nest was second and long shot Desert Dawn was third. Get the results, chart, and photos here.
Belmont Winners - all past winners with breeding, connections, time, odds, etc.
Belmont Stakes Videos - Lots of video clips of past Belmonts including most of the Triple Crown winners. Look for the video camera icon to the far right of the winner's name to see if they have a video.