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2024 Belmont Stakes Field

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Post Horse/ Best Beyer Trainer/ Jockey
1 Seize the Grey 100 D. Wayne Lukas Jaime Torres 8-1
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas Jockey: Jaime Torres
Last Race: Preakness, PIM, 1st Owner: My Racehorse Sire: Arrogate
Brad Free: Preakness upset winner expected to contest pace in Belmont, but unlikely for another easy lead vs. front-runner Dornoch.
David Aragona: Figures to go forward again from rail; set legitimate pace in the Preakness, but must prove it wasn't a wet-track fluke.
2 Resilience 90 Bill Mott Junior Alvarado 10-1
Trainer: Bill Mott Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Last Race: Kentucky Derby, CD, 6th Owner: Emily Bushnell, Ric Waldman; Sire: Into Mischief
BF: Dubious at 1 1/4m, loomed brief threat in stretch Ky. Derby before losing punch; tempting off big final workout
DA: Avoided traffic trouble in the Derby, making a wide, early move; has worked well since, but still has to get a little faster.
3 Mystik Dan 101 Ken McPeek Brian Hernandez, Jr. 5-1
Trainer: Ken McPeek Jockey: Brian Hernandez, Jr.
Last Race: Preakness, PIM, 2nd Owner: Lance Gasaway, 4G Racing, Daniel Hamby Sire: Goldencents
BF: Derby winner/Preakness runner-up will be only horse to run all three legs of Triple Crown; durable colt always shows up.
DA: Must respect his recent consistency, but can he produce another peak performance on such an aggressive schedule?
4 The Wine Steward 92 Mike Maker Manny Franco 15-1
Trainer: Mike Maker Jockey: Manny Franco
Last Race: Peter Pan, AQU, 2nd Owner: Paradise Farms Corp., David Staudacher Sire: Vino Rosso
BF: Reliable pace-presser one-two every start, G1-placed juvenile making third start of season, fresh-horse upset candidate.
DA: It's unclear how much he's progressed form his 2YO season, and concerned this distance may be outside his ideal range.
5 Antiquarian 92 Keeneland Logo Todd Pletcher John Velazquez 12-1
Trainer: Todd Pletcher Jockey: John Velazquez
Last Race: Peter Pan, AQU, 1st Owner: Centennial Farms Sire: Preservationist
BF: Workmanlike victory in G3 Peter Pan gives him license to try tougher, uncertain if lightly raced pace-presser good enough.
DA: Unclear how strong a race this year's Peter Pan was, but this colt has been steadily improving, should handle distance.
6 Dornoch 91 Keeneland Logo Danny Gargan Luis Saez 15-1
Trainer: Danny Gargan Jockey: Luis Saez
Last Race: Kentucky Derby, CD, 10th Owner: West Paces Racing, R. A. Hill Stable, Belmar Racing, Two Eight Racing, Pine Racing Sire: Good Magic
BF: Need-the-lead colt lost chance in Ky. Derby when shuffled from rail; front-runner still earning same modest figs as last year.
DA: Got a nightmare trip in the Derby, encountering trouble throughout; just still not sure he's progressed enough this year.
7 Protective 89 Todd Pletcher Tyler Gaffalione 20-1
Trainer: Todd Pletcher Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
Last Race: Peter Pan, BAQ, 3rd Owner: Repole Stable Sire: Medaglia d'Oro
BF: Graded stakes-placed maiden has never earned Grade 1-caliber figure; enters off back-to-back thirds in modest stakes.
DA: Had to briefly wait for room in upper stretch of Peter Pan, and finished okay; still a tough spot for this four-start maiden.
8 Honor Marie 96 Keeneland Logo Whit Beckman Florent Geroux 12-1
Trainer: Whit Beckman Jockey: Florent Geroux
Last Race: Kentucky Derby, CD, 8th Owner: Ribble Farms and Michael H. Eiserman Sire: Honor Code
BF: Annihilated at start in Derby, reportedly thrived since better-than-looked eighth; late-runner merits longshot consideration.
DA: Never had a chance to get into any kind of rhythm in the Derby; has a chance to rebound here, especially if pace develops.
9 Sierra Leone 99 Chad Brown Flavien Prat 9-5
Trainer: Chad Brown Jockey: Flavien Prat
Last Race: Kentucky Derby, CD, 2nd Owner: Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and partners Sire: Gun Runner
BF: Raw ability unquestioned, mental immaturity cost him when second Ky. Derby; likely Belmont chalk tries new bit, new rider.
DA: The likely favorite doesn't exactly tower over this group on figs, but he is consistent; just has to run straight in the lane.
10 Mindframe 103 Todd Pletcher Irad Ortiz Jr. 7-2
Trainer: Todd Pletcher Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
Last Race: Allowance, CD, 1st Owner: Repole Stable, St. Elias Stables Sire: Constitution
BF: Daunting class challenge jumping to 1 1/4m G1 off blowouts MSW and N1X; ran fast both starts, sky's the limit.
DA: Highly ambitious spot for stakes debut, but he's looked like something special; outside draw will keep him out of trouble.

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David Grening May 22,2024
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David Grening May 22,2024
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David Grening May 22,2024
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The 2024 Belmont Stakes heads a spectacular Belmont Stakes Racing Festival at Saratoga that begins on Thursday, June 6, and continues through Sunday, June 9. The four-day festival will include 24 stakes races with purses exceeding $10.1 million. 

When is the Belmont Stakes? The Belmont Stakes heads a spectacular schedule and weekend of horse racing at Belmont Park, with three stakes races held on the Thursday of Belmont week, and another five races held on Friday. On the Belmont Stakes undercard are horse races such as the $1 million Metropolitan Handicap (Met Mile), the $750,000 Manhattan, the $500,000 Acorn, and the $500,000 Ogden Phipps - all are Grade 1 events. This card of racing is considered to be second only to the Breeders’ Cup for its exceptional quality and eight Grade 1 races on a single program.

Recent Belmont Stakes winners

Year Horse/Trainer Horse Trainer Beyer
Danny Gargan
Dornoch Danny Gargan 101
Jena Antonucci
Arcangelo Jena Antonucci 102
Todd Pletcher
Mo Donegal Todd Pletcher 98
Brad Cox
Essential Quality Brad Cox 109
Barclay Tagg
Tiz the Law Barclay Tagg 100
Mark Casse
Sir Winston Mark Casse 95
Bob Baffert
Justify Bob Baffert 101
Todd Pletcher
Tapwrit Todd Pletcher 103
Steve Amussen
Creator Steve Amussen 99
Bob Baffert
American Pharoah Bob Baffert 105
Christophe Clement
Tonalist Christophe Clement 100