It’s any horse’s day at the 2017 Belmont Stakes, as the winners of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes have bailed on the final leg of the Triple Crown. We’ve got all the details on the 12 colts who are in the running.
It’s a wide open field at the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 10. 2017 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Belmont Stakes champ Cloud Computing aren’t competing and heavy favorite Classic Empire withdrew on June 7 due to a hoof abscess. Irish War Cry is now the odds on-favorite at 7-2, The three-year-old chestnut colt owned by 86-year-old Isabelle de Tomaso became the first New Jersey bred horse to qualify for the Kentucky Derby since 1992, where he finished a disappointing 10th. He’ll be in the seventh pole position next to Lookin At Lee. He finished second in the Derby and is a 5-1 favorite in the sixth gate. Japan’s Epicharis is looking to become the first international colt to win at Belmont in years, as the last time a foreign bred and trained horse won the race was Go And Go back in 1990.
In the first post is Twisted Tom. He’s owned by Cobra Farm and won the Federico Tesio Stakes in April and Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park on Mar. 18. Next to him is Kentucky bred Tapwrit, whose name is derived from his sire, Tapit — the leading sire in the nation. He’s trained by Todd Pletcher, who also trains Derby winner Always Dreaming. He has another horse running at Belmont, AD’s stablemate Patch. The one-eyed horse was the focus of mainstream media attention when he developed an infection in his left eye and had it removed in June of 2016. Thus he’s become a fan favorite and a lovable underdog. His sire Union Rags won at Belmont in 2012.
Gormley will be in the number three post but isn’t favored as his speed numbers have declined in every race since he won the Santa Anita Derby in Jan. 2017. John Shirreffs trains the horse in California and the colt flew out earlier in the week to New York. Next to him is J Boys Echo, and celebrity chef Bobby Flay just purchased a 25 percent interest in him on June 7. The kitchen wizard did a last minute minority purchase of last year’s Belmont winner Creator and is hoping for a repeat champ. The colt’s Churchill Downs stable buddy Multplier is also running at Belmont, having won the Illinois derby back in May.
Hollywood Handsome has the number five post and the longest odds to win at Belmont at 30-1. He’s owned by Mark Stanley and based out of Kentucky’s Churchill Downs along with Mulitplier and J Boys Echo. Jockey Channing Hill will be making his Belmont debut atop Senior Investment, who finished third in the Preakness Stakes back on May 20. Kentucky-based Meantime is in the ninth post, and his sire Shackleford won the Preakness back in 2011.
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