The third jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown is scheduled for Saturday June 6th as the Belmont Stakes will be run. The Belmont Stakes is the 11th race on the Belmont card from New York and it’s scheduled for 6:50PM Eastern Time with NBC TV providing the coast to coast broadcast.
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A field of eight three year olds is scheduled to run the 1 ½ mile Belmont Stakes on a fast dirt surface.
American Pharoah is set to make history as a Triple Crown winner if he wins the Belmont Stakes. He is the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. American Pharoah will run from the 5th spot and is trained by Bob Baffert and will be ridden by veteran jockey Victor Espinoza. His morning line odds is set at 3/5 and is the favorite after his one length win in the Kentucky Derby and by seventh lengths in the Preakness Stakes win three weeks ago. American Pharoah has a six race winning streak.
The second favorite on the morning line if the #6 Frosted. This three year old colt will be ridden by Joel Rosario and is trained by Kieran McLaughlin. He has a five week layoff after a ground gaining fourth place finish in the Kentucky Derby where he was 3 ¼ lengths behind the winner. Frosted has one race at Belmont and finished second in a Maiden 6 ½ furlong sprint as a two year old.
The third choice on the morning line is the #8 Materiality. He will be ridden by John Velazquez and is trained by Todd Pletcher. He too is coming off a five week layoff as he finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby 7 ¾ lengths behind American Pharoah. Materiality most notable win came at the Florida Derby and makes only his fifth career start on Saturday.
Longshot choices include #3 Madefromlucky who comes off a win in the Peter Pan at Belmont Park by a length a week after the Kentucky Derby. He is a new shooter and will be ridden by Javier Castellano and trained by Todd Pletcher.
The second place finisher in the Preakness is the #2 Tale of Verve. The three year old is lined at 15/1 on the morning line and will be ridden by Gary Stevens and trained by Dallas Stewart.