Belmont betting will likely be wide open with a number of horses having a realistic chance to win.
The only horse left that could end up running in all three Triple Crown races is Dublin who is trained by D. Wayne Lukas. Why he is going in the Belmont is in question since he didn’t have the stamina to run the distance of the Derby or the Preakness. Lukas has not officially said whether or not Dublin will run but he was under consideration.
The favorite in the Belmont is likely to be Nick Zito’s Ice Box who was second in the Kentucky Derby. He has the pedigree to go a longer distance and he is the likely choice on the Belmont Stakes odds board. The second place finisher in the Preakness was First Dude and he is headed to the Belmont. He also seems to have the pedigree to run for a while and he could give Ice Box a battle.
Two other horses that could be in the mix in the Belmont are Bob Baffert’s Game on Dude and Nick Zito’s Fly Down. Martin Garcia rode Lookin at Lucky in the Preakness and since that horse is not going to the Belmont he will get on Game on Dude. Fly Down won the Dwyer and he will have jockey John Velazquez in the irons. He likes Belmont and could be a threat. The second place finisher in the Dwyer was Drosselmeyer and he is expected to give the Belmont a go for trainer Bill Mott.
Stately Victor and Make Music for Me are coming back from the Kentucky Derby to race in the Belmont. Neither is likely to get much support in the Belmont. Yawanna Twist and Stay Put are two more longshots in the Belmont. Yawanna Twist was fourth in the Preakness but it is hard to believe he can be a factor at a mile and a half. Stay Put doesn’t look to have the class to win this race. New Madrid for trainer Tim Ice who won the Belmont last year also looks overmatched.
Uptowncharlybrown and Setsuko are two wild cards in the Belmont. Both are capable hitting the board in the Belmont if they can handle the distance.