By Emily Shields
Triple Crown season wraps up with the 151st Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. The headliner will go as Race 11 on a 13-race card littered with 10 different stakes races.
The action kicks off with the Easy Goer, which goes as Race 3. The six-horse field includes #6 Alwaysmining, who comes in off a subpar effort in the Preakness Stakes (G1) but could tower over his rivals today. Javier Castellano will ride.
The Longines Just a Game (G1) over one mile on the grass has a field of seven. #4 Rushing Fall is one of the best horses in training, and comes in off consecutive grade 1 scores at Keeneland. She broke her maiden her over this trip in 2017. #3 Beau Recall, #7 Got Stormy, and #1 Daddy Is a Legend all exit the same race at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby undercard, where they finished 1 – 2 – 3.
Only five were drawn into the Ogden Phipps (G1), but the field includes #1 Come Dancing, who was an open lengths winner of a grade 3 at Aqueduct, then a grade 2 over this trip. She is two for three lifetime at Belmont, and six for ten overall. #4 Escape Clause is 20 for 31 lifetime and comes in here just a nose away from being a grade 1 winner.
The Jaipur drew nine. #8 World of Trouble is the even money favorite on the morning line, coming in off four straight stakes wins. He was second by a neck in the Breeders’ Cup, and has won a grade 1 on the dirt and a grade 2 on the grass since.
The Acorn (G1) is the next start for Kentucky Oaks winner #1 Serengeti Empress. She was 13-1 that day but is 5-2 morning line here. #7 Guarana was a dazzling 14 ¾ length winner for Chad Brown in her lone start.
The Woody Stephens (G1) features a pair of grade 3 winners in #9 Mind Control and #10 Lexitonian. The former won the Bay Shore at Aqueduct and was a grade 1 winner at Saratoga last year. The latter won the Chick Lang on Preakness day.
The supporting feature of the day is the Met Mile (G1). Godolphin Mile winner #1 Coal Front makes his return to the races here, and has a May 23 bullet work to his credit. #2 McKinzie is one of the top older horses in the country and was a grade 1 winner twice last year. He is coming off a win at Churchill Downs on May 3. #3 Mitole is coming off a grade 1 win and is riding a six race win streak, all by open lengths.
The $1 million Manhattan features four runners from the Chad Brown barn, including Pegasus winner #8 Bricks and Mortar, who has won four in a row and three graded stakes this year. #10 Channel Maker was a grade 1 winner here last out and is closing in on $2 million earned.
After the Belmont comes the Brooklyn Invitational (G2), which goes as race 13. Amongst the nine runners is #6 Rocketry, already a stakes winner over the surface and a grade 2 winner on the Breeders’ Cup undercard at Churchill Downs. He has lost his last two starts to #1 Marconi, a $2 million purchase who has really blossomed this year. #2 Campaign ships in from California off a grade 3 Santa Anita win and a bullet six furlong work.
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