Mike Maker will have his first ever horse in Belmont Stakes odds as he sends Stately Victor on Saturday, June 5th in the 142nd running of the Belmont Stakes.
2010 Belmont Stakes betting odds list Stately Victor as one of the long shots. The horse was not very impressive in the Kentucky Derby and he will have to improve dramatically to make an impact in the Belmont. His trainer is Mike Maker who was an assistant for D. Wayne Lukas. Maker is happy with how Stately Victor is doing heading up to the third race in horse racing’s Triple Crown. Stately Victor is owned by Tom and Jack Conway but he really has done nothing other than pull off an upset in the Blue Grass Stakes. He finished eighth in the Derby and that was about as good as he could do.
Maker had a good year training horses in 2009 as his stable earned more than $4.4 million dollars. Maker is happy to finally be at the Belmont. Stately Victor worked six furlongs recently in 1:14.20. He will be ridden by Alan Garcia in the Belmont. Maker is hoping that Garcia can position Stately Victor behind the speed in the Belmont and then run them down late. Maker is thinking that the speed will be First Dude, Spangled Star and Game on Dude.
The field for the 142nd Belmont looks to be ten horses. Kentucky Derby second place finisher Ice Box is likely to be a solid favorite. He is trained by Nick Zito who will also have Fly Down in the race. Stately Victor is likely to be one of the long shots for the Belmont with odds of 20-1 or more. The one thing that does help Stately Victor is that there is not much in the Belmont to beat. Ice Box should be in the mix and perhaps Fly Down and Drosselmeyer will get some action. The rest of the field really looks unproven and that fits right with Stately Victor whose only big victory came in the Blue Grass at odds of 40-1.