06/07/2017 6:36PM

Bernier: 2017 Belmont Stakes analysis

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The Belmont Stakes features a group of 3-year-olds who are either inconsistent, unproven at the graded-stakes level, or a combination of the two. With Wednesday’s defection of last year’s juvenile male champion, Classic Empire, Irish War Cry was made the tepid 7-2 morning-line favorite, but it wouldn’t be a stunner to see other horses vie for favoritism as post time approaches.

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