The list of challengers for the Triple Crown was expected to include Seahenge and Bandua, but their connections decided against a run in the third jewel of the Triple Crown. Justify faced seven horses in the Preakness.
Here are the post positions and morning line odds for the 10-horse field for the 150th Belmont Stakes Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.:
>>No. 1 Justify (4-5 odds), trained by Bob Baffert and trying to take the same path as Baffert’s Triple Crown winner in 2015, American Pharoah.
>>No. 2 Free Drop Billy (30-1), 16th in the Derby, is trained by Dale Romans. He did not run in the Preakness.
>>No. 3 Bravazo (8-1), was a hard-charging runner-up in the Preakness, finishing a half-length behind Justify and a neck in front of Tenfold. He was sixth in the Derby. He’s trained by D. Wayne Lukas.
>>No. 4 Hofburg (9-2), who bypassed the Preakness after finishing seventh in the Derby, is trained by Bill Mott.
>>No. 5 Restoring Hope (30-1), also trained by Baffert, was one of the favorites in the Pat Day Mile on Derby day, but finished a disappointing 12th. He gets another chance in the Belmont.
>>No. 6 Gronkowski (12-1) was pulled before the Derby with a fever and hasn’t raced since March 30. Yes, he’s named for the New England Patriots’ tight end.
>>No. 7 Tenfold (12-1), the third-place finisher in the Preakness. He’s trained by Steve Asmussen.
>>No. 8 Vino Rosso (8-1), who finished ninth in the Derby, skipped the Preakness. He’s trained by Todd Pletcher, winner of three Belmonts, including last year’s with Tapwrit.
>>No. 9 Noble Indy (30-1), also trained by Pletcher, was 17th in the Derby. But Pletcher has had success bringing rested horses to the Belmont.
>>No. 10 Blended Citizen (15-1), trained by Doug O’Neill, was winner of the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont on May 12.
The Belmont is the longest of the three Triple Crown races at 1½ miles. The Derby is 1¼ miles and the Preakness 1 3/16 miles.