2023 Belmont Stakes Odds, Picks, Post Positions: Il Miracolo

By US Racing Team

2023 Belmont Stakes Entries

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.

2023 Belmont Stakes Contenders: Il Miracolo

Post position: 5

Odds: 30-1

Trainer: Antonio Sano

Jockey: Marcos Meneses

Owner: Alexandres

Career record: 10-2-3-0

Career earnings: $103,125

Best Equibase speed figure: 84

Pedigree: Gun Runner-Tapit’s World, by Tapit

Color: Chestnut

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.

2023 Belmont Stakes Contenders, Odds and Post Positions

PP Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
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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