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Belmont Stakes Betting Preview / Rankings

2010 Belmont Stakes Preview & Predictions

Ready for the 2010 Belmont Stakes from Belmont Park? With the first leg of this year’s Triple Crown, the 136th Kentucky Derby and race 2 (The Preakness) in the books we’re now onto race 3. Here’s a look at the top horses in this year’s Belmont Stakes Field.

142nd Belmont Stakes Preview + Info

What: 142nd running of the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes
Date: June 5, 2010
Location: Belmont Park, Elmont NY
Post Time: First race is 11:35 a.m. / Stakes: Post Time Approximately 6:32 p.m.
TV Network: ESPN on ABC (ESPN 12-5) (ABC 5-7)
Nickname: The Belmont Stakes is called the “Run for the Carnations” because of the blanket of white carnations that is draped over the winner’s neck.

  • • True North Handicap (GII) $250,000, 3-year-olds & up, 6 Furlongs Dirt – Post Time TBA
  • • Wood Stephens (GII)  $250,000, 3-year-olds, 7 Furlongs Dirt – Post Time TBA
  • • Just A Game (GI) $400,000, Fillies & Mares, 1 Mile Turf – Post Time TBA
  • • Acorn (GI) $300,000, 3-year-old Fillies, 1 Mile Dirt – Post Time TBA
  • • Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (GI) $400,000, 3-year-olds & up, 1-1/4 Mile Turf – Post Time TBA
  • • Belmont Stakes (GI) $1,000,000, 3-year-olds, 1-1/2 Mile Dirt – Post Time Approximately 6:32 p.m.

On Saturday, June 5th live from Belmont Racetrack in Elmont, New York the final leg of the 2010 Triple Crown; the Belmont Stakes will be run. The Belmont is a grade I stakes race for three year old Thoroughbreds with a total prize purse of $1,000,000.

It is contested on a dirt track over a distance 1 ½ mile (12 Furlongs), the longest of the three races (the Kentucky Derby is 1 1/8 mile and Preakness 1 3/16 mile) that comprise the Triple Crown.

With Super Saver winning the Derby and Lookin at Lucky winning the Preakness there is no Triple Crown title on the line this year. The last horse to win all three was Affirmed, back in 1978.

One thing is for certain is that we will have a third champion this season as both these previous winners are not expected to run in the Belmont.

One of the horses that is expected to be in the field of 12 to 13 entries is Ice Box. Trained by Nick Zito, the runner up at Kentucky Derby by 2 ½ lengths was held out of the Preakness to specifically train for the added distance of this race.

Prior to that, he won the grade I Florida Derby on March 20th. He should go off as one of the favorites to win this race.

Another horse that ran in the Derby and skipped the Preakness, but is expected in the field for the Belmont is Stately Victor. Trained by Mike Maker and most likely ridden by Alan Garcia, this horse finished eighth in Kentucky, almost nine lengths off of the lead. Prior to that, he won the grade I Blue Grass Stakes with Garcia aboard as a 40-1 long shot.

Some of the other horses that are planning to run in the Belmont next week include Make Music for Me; who finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby. He is trained by Alexis Barba and would most likely be ridden by Joel Rosario.

Dublin; who would possibly be the only horse that participated in all three Triple Crown races. He finished seventh in the Derby and fifth in the Preakness. He is trained by D. Wayne Lucas and would be ridden by Garrett Gomez.

First Dude; whose spirited run in the Preakness landed him a second place finish. He is trained by Dale Romans and would be ridden by Ramon Dominguez.

A few horses that did not run in either of the first two Triple Crown events but are possible contenders for the Belmont include Spangled Star, Game on Dude, Bank the Eight, and Stay Put.

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