June 6th, 2015 − Belmont Park

Belmont Stakes

2015 Belmont Stakes Field
Mubtaahij 10-1 12-1 91 8th, 91 ** JP: Had bit of early trouble in Derby, but overall wasn't impressed; am dubious about UAE Derby win.
  by Dubawi           MW: It's sporting he's here, but was against him in Derby, and saw nothing there to like him this time.
  Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum: Mike de Kock; Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
Tale of Verve 15-1 20-1 91 ** 2nd, 91 JP: Surprised me quite a bit with his effort in the Preakness. Still has a ways to go to catch Pharoah.
  by Tale of Ekati         MW: Surprised me, too. How much was his placing due to others being completely lost in the slop?
  Owner: Charles Fipke; Trainer: Dallas Stewart; Jockey: Gary Stevens
Madefromlucky 12-1 12-1 94 ** ** JP: Was no match for Pharoah in pair of OP races earlier this year, but does own a win over this track.
  by Lookin At Lucky         MW: His Peter Pan win over the track with blinkers off was a big step forward. Might grab a piece.
  Owner: Cheyenne Stables & Mac Nichol; Trainer: Todd Pletcher; Jockey: Javier Castellano
Frammento 30-1 30-1 87 11th, 87 ** JP: Zito has pulled off Belmont upsets before - even with Da' Tara! - but this closer isn't good enough.
  by Midshipman         MW: After this he can go back and try to get past his first-level allowance condition, which is no cinch.
  Owner: Mossarosa; Trainer: Nick Zito; Jockey: Mike Smith
American Pharoah 3-5 3-5 105 1st, 105 1st, 102 JP: Seems to be thriving as series progresses. Outstanding chance to end 37-year Triple Crown drought.
  by Pioneerof the Nile         MW: If he wins, which I think he will, can we have a 5-year ban on calls for changing the Triple Crown?
  Owner: Zayat Stables; Trainer: Bob Baffert; Jockey: Victor Espinoza
Frosted 5-1 5-1 103 4th, 100 ** JP: Thought he turned in a terrific effort in the Derby with big rally after being severely herded early.
  by Tapit         MW: Has become dangerous, but with a deep closing style that seems up against the likely pace set up.
  Owner: Godolphin Racing; Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin; Jockey: Joel Rosario
Keen Ice 20-1 20-1 92 7th, 92 ** JP: Was in all sorts of traffic before rallying in the Derby. Question if he'll get enough pace to run into.
  by Curlin         MW: Might be the popular wise guy inclusion to clunk up, get a minor share. Can't see him winning.
  Owner: Donegal Racing; Trainer: Dale Romans; Jockey: Kent Desormeaux
Materiality 6-1 9-2 110 6th, 94 ** JP: Inexperience betrayed him in Derby. Assuming he breaks well, he's Pharoah's biggest pace threat.
  by Afleet Alex         MW: Ran tremendous in Kentucky considering how he was taken out of his pace game; main danger.
  Owner: Alto Racing; Trainer: Todd Pletcher; Jockey: John Velazquez