2017 Belmont Stakes contenders
Here is the field, with post positions and morning-line odds, for Saturday's 149th renewal of the Belmont S. (G1).
Although Kentucky Derby (G1) hero Always Dreaming and Preakness (G1) star Cloud Computing are sitting out the Belmont, the 1 1/2-mile “Test of the Champion” still offers plenty of intrigue.
#1 TWISTED TOM, 20-1
Federico Tesio winner wasn’t Triple Crown-nominated and had to be supplemented for the Belmont.
Owner: Cobra Farm, Trainer: Chad Brown, Jockey: Javier Castellano
#2 TAPWRIT, 6-1
Tampa Bay Derby (G2) scorer strives to regain form off a fifth in the Blue Grass and sixth in the Derby.
Owner: Bridlewood Farm/Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners/LaPenta, Trainer: Todd Pletcher, Jockey: Jose Ortiz
#3 GORMLEY, 8-1
Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner, ninth in the Derby, now gets the green light for the Belmont.
Owner: Jerry and Anne Moss, Trainer: John Shirreffs, Jockey: Victor Espinoza
#4 J BOYS ECHO, 15-1
Gotham (G3) victor, fourth in the Blue Grass (G2) and 15th in the Derby, hopes for better luck back in New York.
Owner: Albaugh Family Stable & Bobby Flay, Trainer: Dale Romans, Jockey: Robby Albarado
#5 HOLLYWOOD HANDSOME, 30-1
Last-out Churchill allowance scorer was previously unplaced in Louisiana Derby (G2) and Illinois Derby (G3).
Owner: Mark and Nancy Stanley, Trainer: Dallas Stewart, Jockey: Florent Geroux
#6 LOOKIN AT LEE, 5-1
Kentucky Derby runner-up and Preakness fourth joins Classic Empire as warriors in all three jewels.
Owner: L & N Racing, Trainer: Steve Asmussen, Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
#7 IRISH WAR CRY, 7-2
Wood Memorial (G2) hero eyes a rebound following his fade to 10th in the Derby.
Owner: Isabelle de Tomaso, Trainer: Graham Motion, Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
#8 SENIOR INVESTMENT, 12-1
Lexington (G3) hero took a step forward with a fast-finishing third in the Preakness.
Owner: Fern Circle Stables, Trainer: Ken McPeek, Jockey: Channing Hill
#9 MEANTIME, 15-1
Keeneland maiden winner exits a second in his stakes debut in the Peter Pan (G3).
Owner: Silverton Hill, Trainer: Brian Lynch, Jockey: Mike Smith
#10 MULTIPLIER, 15-1
Illinois Derby victor aims to improve on his sixth in the Preakness.
Owner: Gary Barber, Adam Wachtel & George Kerr, Trainer: Brendan Walsh, Jockey: Joel Rosario
#11 EPICHARIS, 4-1
Unbeaten at home in Japan, Sunday Silence grandson comes off a narrow loss in the UAE Derby (G2).
Owner: Carrot Farm, Trainer: Kiyoshi Hagiwara, Jockey: Christophe Lemaire
#12 PATCH, 12-1
One-eyed Louisiana Derby runner-up was 14th in the Derby from post 20.
Owner: Calumet Farm, Trainer: Todd Pletcher, Jockey: John Velazquez