The Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown, will draw a field of eight three-year-old thoroughbreds to Belmont Park in Elmont, New York on Saturday for a shot at a $1,500,000 purse and a moment in horse racing history.
While the 2022 season won’t produce a Triple Crown winner, there are still many exciting narratives, including Rich Strike’s return to the track. The 2022 Kentucky Derby winner was the second biggest longshot to ever win at Churchill Downs. After sitting out of the Preakness, Rich Strike will look to cement his name in horse racing history by becoming the first horse to win two jewels since Justify won the Triple Crown in 2018.
In a 2400m race, the Test Of Champions will challenge the colts and filly in the longest race they’ve faced yet.
All eyes will be on the 2022 Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike to deliver an encore win at Belmont Park.
If the colt can win The Test Of The Champion, he will be the first non-Triple Crown winner to complete the Kentucky Derby-Belmont Stakes double since Thunder Gulch in 1995. After becoming the second biggest longshot ever to win the Derby, he comes into New York with +550 odds to win the Belmont Stakes.
Rich Strike will go up against a tough field at Belmont Park, including morning-line favourite We The People and Mo Donegal.
It’s been 15 years since Todd Pletcher became the third trainer to win the Belmont Stakes with a filly. He will look to win his fourth Belmont Stakes by entering another long-distance racer in Nest.
While Nest is the only filly in the field, she holds a competitive equibase speed figure at 106, rivaling many of her opponents. She was a Kentucky Oaks runner-up, finishing only two lengths behind winner Secret Oath. While Nest ran out of real estate in the Kentucky Oaks, the filly seemed eager to handle the extra distance on the stretch run.
Nest was bred for the 2400m Belmont Stakes distance. She is the daughter of Curlin and Marion Ravenwood. Her maternal grandfather is 1992 Belmont Stakes winner A.P Indy.
Prior to the Kentucky Oaks, Nest launched her three-year-old season with two dominating wins at Grade-1 Ashland Stakes and the Suncoast Stakes.
Look for the filly to use the marathon distance to her advantage.
Betting: 5-2 Mo Donegal, 11-4 We The People, 5-1 Rich Strike, 11-2 Creative Minister, 6-1 Nest, 16-1 Barber Road, 25-1 Skippylngstocking, 40-1 Golden Gilder
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The day is headlined by the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, the third and final leg of the USA Triple Crown and there are seven other Grade 1 races on the programme. Details below.
The Triple Crown cannot be won this year because Rich Strike, the 81-1 winner of the first leg Kentucky Derby, bypassed the second leg (the Preakness Stakes). But he is one of the eight runners in the Belmont and is currently third favourite. We The People, runaway winner of the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park last month, is favourite at 2-1.
Races 1 to 11 Belmont tomorrow live on Racing 240. Race 1 @ 17:20 with Belmont Stakes Race 11 @ 00:44
Other Grade 1 races on the card:
G1 Acorn Stakes
G1 Longines Just a Game Stakes
G1 Woody Stephens Stakes
G1 Ogden Phipps Stakes
G1 Jaipur Stakes
G1 Hill ‘n Dale Metropolitan Handicap
G1 Resorts World Casino Manhattan Stakes
and then Race 11 is the G1 Belmont Stakes.