Belmont Stakes 2019 : Field, Post Positions And Morning Line Odds, No Kentucky Derby winner. The Preakness winner isn’t even the favorite. This year’s Belmont Stakes may hold little appeal for the casual fan, but that’s okay: A Belmont day at Belmont Park without a Triple Crown on the line has long been one of the best days on the racing calendar, and this Saturday will be no different.
Ten horses have entered the Belmont, including the top two finishers in last month’s Preakness, War of Will and Everfast. Master Fencer, the Japanese-bred horse that finished sixth (seventh before the disqualification of Maximum Security) in the Kentucky Derby, is back for the Belmont. The weather is supposed to be perfect. And it will be a fantastic betting race.
We’ll be back later this week with betting advice and suggestions. For now, here’s a look at the field for the 151st Belmont Stakes.
Current Form: Career 1-for-11 but nearly shocked the racing world, placing second to War of Will in the Preakness after falling 22 lengths behind.
Worth a wager? Thought trainer Dale Romans had no business running him in the Preakness. I was wrong. Longer distance should entice betting public. Ugly spring preps tell us no. Ninth.
Current Form: Broke last of 19 at Churchill Downs before launching a nice run at 58-1 to get within four lengths of Maximum Security.
Worth a wager? Jockey Julien Leparoux after the Derby, “I needed another furlong.” Japan bred lost weight making trip overseas but raced well in Derby. Gets more ground. Gets outkicked. Eighth.
Current Form: Taxing trip (mud/traffic) riding the dreaded rail in the Derby and finished an invisible 15th. Only a length back of Tacitus in the Wood Memorial.
Worth a wager? Do we throw out the Derby and look back to his performance in the Wood? Trainer Danny Gargan after Tax’s last work: “He looked like a million dollars out there this morning.” Fifth.
Current Form: Never fought, running evenly midpack in the Preakness after taking an exorbitant amount of money at the windows, including unfortunately, this handicapper’s.
Worth a wager? I’ve soured. No-show had trainer Mark Hennig confused. “He wasn’t tired after the race. Held him for a bath and he bit me in the stomach. He was angry.” I’m angry too. Sixth.
Current Form: Ran to his odds of 52-1 in the Derby but was parked wide nearly the entire trip. Close second in the Louisiana Derby previously.
Worth a wager? No, he wasn’t going to win the Derby with a clean trip. Toss it nonetheless. Wins were earned sitting just off the pace. Javier Castellano will have him in the early mix. Seventh.
Current Form: Slow from the gate, he rallied boldly from 11 lengths back to place second in the Peter Pan at Belmont. Earned a triple-digit fig for his effort.
Worth a wager? Truest stretch runner in field will be hiding early then try to outkick Tacitus and War of Will. Trainer Mark Casse: “He’s truly a 1 ¹/₂ -mile horse.” At this price we’re in. Winner.
Current Form: Won his initial pair then showed third as favorite in the Peter Pan, about five lengths back of Sir Winston after a stumbling start.
Worth a wager? Had time to recover from the bad break but never did. Love Sir Winston, so he must be considered after the gate trouble. Todd Pletcher adds blinkers. Fourth.
Current Form: Showed his true ability powering off the pace to take the Preakness. Positioned to pounce in the Derby, but “the incident” at the top of the stretch forced him to check out.
Worth a wager? Fiasco forgotten. We all witnessed what “WOW” can do when given a clean lane. Casse said he’s put on 40-50 pounds since. Looms large late. Second.
Current Form: Made it three wins in a row in the Wood Memorial. Took impressive streak to Kentucky and made a late run for fourth (third via DQ) in the Derby.
Worth a wager? Solid effort at Churchill considering where he rallied from in the sloppy conditions. Bill Mott: “He ate a lot of mud.” M/L favorite is bred for distance. Third.