By US Racing Team
The $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) is the final leg of the Triple Crown. The 155th running of the 1 ½-mile “Test of the Champion” is Saturday, June 10. US Racing will be publishing profiles on all the contenders, including updated versions with odds and post-positions following the gate draw on Tuesday, June 6.
The pedigree says yes, the results say no.
That might be the best way to size up the chances of sure-to-be-longshot Il Miracolo in the Belmont Stakes on June 10th.
The 3-year-old chestnut is out of Gun Runner-Tapit’s World, by Tapit, but so far as produced a maiden win and most recently a win in an allowance optional claimer at a mile at Gulfstream Park. He’s 2-for-10, and ran fifth, sixth, and sixth in the Holy Bull (G3), Fountain of Youth (G2), and Florida Derby (G1), respectively.
The colt worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.06 over a sloppy track at Gulfstream on May 26. Trainer Antonio Sano liked the effort and is New York-bound.
“It’s a very strong race and the horse is a little green right now, but I hope he can run well and run a strong race,” Sano said.
The horse will need more than a strong race, he’ll likely need a miracle.
Post position: 5
Trainer: Antonio Sano
Jockey: Marcos Meneses
Career record: 10-2-3-0
Career earnings: $103,125
Best Equibase speed figure: 84
Pedigree: Gun Runner-Tapit’s World, by Tapit
Running style: Mid-pack
Notes: Purchased for $70,000 at the OBS June 2-year-old and horses of racing age sale … Il Miracolo’s sire Gun Runner was the 2017 Horse of the Year, while Tapit’s World’s sire was Tapit, North America’s leading sire from 2014-2016 … Sano’s top horse was Gunnevera, winner of the 2017 Fountain of Youth (G2), runner-up in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic, and earner of more than $5.5 million.
|1||Tapit Shoes||3-1||Brad H. Cox||Jose Ortiz|
|2||Tapit Trice||3-1||Todd A. Pletcher||Luis Saez|
|3||Arcangelo||8-1||Jena M. Antonucci||Javier Castellano|
|4||National Treasure||5-1||Bob Baffert||John R. Velazquez|
|5||Il Miracolo||30-1||Antonio Sano||Marcos Meneses|
|6||Forte||5-2||Todd A. Pletcher||Irad Ortiz, Jr.|
|7||Hit Show||10-1||Brad H. Cox||Manuel Franco|
|8||Angel of Empire||7-2||Brad H. Cox||Flavien Prat|
|9||Red Route One||15-1||Steve M. Asmussen||Joel Rosario|
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