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It’s been a strange year for everyone – including the horses, Since the triple crown was canceled then rescheduled the Belmont will be run today with no crowd. The race has been shortened as the mile and half was thought too long for these young horses that haven’t been running. Now 9 furlongs not 12. Furlong = 1/8 mile.
Belmont is usually the last of the three triple crown races but, with the delays and the Derby and Preakness have dates later in the season, this is the best fit for the track. Saratoga is opening later too so, for NY, this made the best sense.
The Kentucky Derby is Sept. 5 and the Preakness Stakes was rescheduled for Oct. 3,
Who’s it gonna be?
Belmont Stakes Post Lineup and Odds
Tap It To Win
Tiz The Law
Irad Ortiz Jr.
Ricardo Santana Jr.
1. Tap It to Win 6-1
2. Sole Volante 9-2
3. Max Player 15-1
4. Modernist 15-1
5. Farmington Road 15-1
6. Fore Left 30-1
7. Jungle Runner 50-1
8. Tiz the Law 6-5
Tiz the Law is the favorite but you’ll have to watch to find out!
Lucky thirteen. That’s the head count at the post – unless there is a scratch.
There will be no chance of a triple crown this year as Country House bowed out and the contested first finisher, Maximum Security, withdrew as well. Often trainers don’t want to push their horses if they don’t like the odds – too many other races for the risk.
So with the field wide open it could be anyone’s race. Who is it going to be?
The favorite Baffert’s “Improbable”?
War of Will?
Or your favorite longshot?