Belmont Stakes Final Odds
The Belmont Stakes odds are set
The Belmont Stakes continues to develop and while there is no Triple Crown at stake on Saturday at Belmont Park, there is no shortage of intrigue. Both the Kentucky Derby winner, Always Dreaming, and the Preakness winner, Cloud Computing, will not be participating and juvenile champion Classic Empire defected from the field earlier in the week.
While the field has been now officially set at twelve horses, rumors began to circulate on Thursday morning that the Japanese invader, Epicharis, was in doubt for the race. According to the veterinary report from the New York Racing Association, he was treated for some lameness in his right front and that the root of the problem was potentially his foot. It remains unclear whether this is a minor issue or if it will impact his participation in the Belmont Stakes but it is something to consider. Classic Empire’s physical issue that knocked him out of the race was a hoof abscess which, while not life or career threatening, can be incredibly painful and come on suddenly.
The favorite is Irish War Cry at odds of 7-2 for trainer Graham Motion. A son of Curlin, he is bred to excel with the additional distance and will be trying to rebound after a disappointing effort in the Kentucky Derby. He has not been the most consistent competitor on the Triple Crown trail but did win the Wood Memorial over Cloud Computing who came back to win the Preakness Stakes. He was given some time off following the Run for the Roses and should come into this race fresh.
Another familiar face from the Kentucky Derby who will be back for a crack at the third jewel of the Triple Crown is Gormley. A big, athletic son of Malibu Moon, he has one of the strongest resumes of this field – he was a Grade 1 winner at two and won the Santa Anita Derby (G1) earlier in the spring. Racing fans will recognize his silks – he will carry the familiar teal and pink silks of Jerry and Ann Moss who most famously campaigned champion Zenyatta.
Though Todd Pletcher’s Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming will be sitting this race out and preparing for a summer campaign, he will still be well represented by two starters – Tapwrit and Patch. Tapwrit won the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) in the spring and will be trying to rebound after two consecutive off-the-board efforts. Patch, the fan-favorite colt with only one eye, will be trying to break through and earn his first stakes victory. He has a maiden win to his credit from four starts and was fourteenth in the Kentucky Derby. John Velazquez, who teamed up with Pletcher to win the Derby this year, will be back in the irons today and was aboard him for his maiden win.
Here is the field for the 2017 Belmont Stakes along with morning line odds.
1. Twisted Tom, 20-1
2. Tapwrit, 6-1
3. Gormley, 8-1
4. J Boys Echo, 15-1
5. Hollywood Handsome, 30-1
6. Lookin at Lee, 5-1
7. Irish War Cry, 7-2
8. Senior Investment, 12-1
9. Meantime, 15-1
10. Multiplier, 15-1
11. Epicharis, 5-1
12. Patch, 12-1
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