The forecast calls for rain on Thursday and Friday, but Saturday is expected to be sunny.
The Weather Channel
Belmont Stakes weather: Mostly sunny
Projected temperatures: High of 85 degrees, low of 67 degrees
Race-time projection: UV Index: 9, 60% humidity
Chance of rain: 8% chance of rain
Belmont Stakes weather: Mostly sunny, 9 mph winds
Projected temperatures: High of 83, low of 68
Race-time projection: UV Index: 10
Chance of rain: 3% chance of rain
|1||Bourbonic||15-1||Kendrick Carmouche||Todd Pletcher|
|2||Essential Quality||2-1||Luis Saez||Brad Cox|
|3||Rombauer||3-1||John Velazquez||Michael McCarthy|
|4||Hot Rod Charlie||7-2||Flavien Pratt||WDoug O’Neill|
|5||France Go de Ina||30-1||Ricardo Santana Jr.||Hideyuki Mori|
|6||Known Agenda||6-1||Jose Ortiz||Todd Pletcher|
|7||Rock Your World||9-2||Joel Rosario||John W. Sadler|
|8||Overtook||20-1||Manny Franco||Todd Pletcher|
Essential Quality was set Tuesday as a 2-1 favorite for the Belmont Stakes. Medina Spirit finished first in the Derby on May 1, week later it was revealed the colt tested positive for betamethasone, a therapeutic medication prohibited on race day.Baffert was suspended temporarily in mid-May by Churchill Downs pending the split sample result. Now, the suspension will run through Churchill’s 2023 spring meet, meaning no Derby for Baffert in 2022 or 2023.
Rombauer is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line. Jockey Flavien Prat left Rombauer despite winning the Preakness to honor a commitment to ride Hot Rod Charlie, who is the 7-2 third choice from the No. 4 position.John Velazquez will ride Rombauer, who drew the third post position just outside Essential Quality and No. 1 Bourbonic, who didn’t run in the Preakness Stakes.
Hot Rod Charlie (7-2), trained by Doug O’Neill, was third in the Kentucky Derby; Rock Your World (9-2), sent off as the 4-1 second option.
Pletcher has three horses set to run , led by Florida Derby winner Known Agenda (6-1), . In the Kentucky Derby, Known Agenda and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. drew the undesirable No. 1 post position.
Bourbonic is 15-1, No. 5 France Go de Ina is 30-1, No. 6 Known Agenda is 6-1, No. 7 Rock Your World is 9-2 and No. 8 Overtook 20-1.
The field is the smallest since 2015,the limit for Belmont starters is 16. The Belmont lost one starter Tuesday morning when trainer Charlie Appleby announced that Rebel’s Romance, winner of the UAE Derby in Dubai on March 27, will not participate. The horse has an infection in his hind
The 2021 Belmont Stakes takes place on Saturday, June 5
For the the 110th time the event takes place at Belmont Park.
Also The Belmont Stakes this year will return to its traditional 1 ½-mile distance – the traditional distance since 1926 – after a one-year cutback to nine furlongs a year ago.
The race is restricted to 3 year olds. Males carry 126 pounds and females, if they run, carry 121 pounds.
This year, eight will be in the starting gate for the Belmont Stakes and champion Essential Quality, who finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby before skipping the Preakness, is the early favorite with morning line odds of 2-1.
Miriam Lee has always been a horse racing fan thanks to trips to the tracks in her home state of Maryland with her father as kid. She owns an OTTB and is an advocate for promoting the sport among her peers. Miriam studies communication arts at Hood College and will receive her master’s degree in 2021, which she plans to use for a career in screenwriting. Her all-time favorite racehorse is Man O War.