Belmont Stakes 2015: Meet a contenders and watch them run

June 2, 2015 - running watch

Danzig Moon, Dortmund and Firing Line have had adequate of chasing American Pharoah to a finish line. After using in the Kentucky Derby and a Preakness Stakes, those horses won’t be in a margin for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, when American Pharoah will try to turn a initial leader of racer racing’s Triple Crown given 1978.

American Pharoah’s run during story won’t be a formality, though. The brook equine with a brief tail won a Preakness on May 16. The usually other Preakness aspirant entrance to a Belmont is second-place finisher Tale of Verve. The other 6 horses in a Belmont Stakes will have some-more rest than American Pharoah for “The Test of a Champion.” At 1.5 miles, a longest of Triple Crown events covers a widen nothing of a horses has ever raced.

For Frammento, Frosted, Keen Ice, Materiality and Mubtaahij, a many new competition was a Kentucky Derby on May 2.

Madefromlucky’s final competition came during Belmont Park on May 9, when he won a Peter Pan Stakes. Madefromlucky is following a 2014 trail of Tonalist, who did not run in a Kentucky Derby or a Preakness and won a Peter Pan. Tonalist prisoner a Belmont to spoil a Triple Crown event of California Chrome.

The eight-horse margin is a smallest for a Belmont given Rags to Riches kick 6 other horses to win in 2007. Carpe Diem, that finished 10th in a Kentucky Derby, and The Truth or Else, that won during Belmont Park on May 22, were suspicion to be possibilities for Saturday’s race, though Monday announcements clarified that conjunction would run.

American Pharoah is perplexing to turn a 12th Triple Crown leader rather than a 14th equine to win a Kentucky Derby and Preakness though not a Belmont given Affirmed swept a Triple Crown races in 1978.


Bob Baffert, American Pharoah’s trainer, has had 3 of a Kentucky Derby-Preakness winners who came adult empty. American Pharoah’s jockey, Victor Espinoza, has ridden for a Triple Crown during Belmont Park twice formerly though success.

According to a wagering web site Bovada on Monday morning, American Pharoah is a 5-6 favorite to win a Belmont. Frosted was a second choice during 11-2.

Because of problems with final year’s throng that incited out to see California Chrome’s Triple Crown bid, Belmont Park has capped Saturday’s assemblage during 90,000.

The pull for post positions in a Belmont is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. CDT Wednesday. Post time for a competition is 5:50 p.m. Saturday. NBC will publish a race.

A outline of a 8 horses that are possibly reliable or tentative entries for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes:

American Pharoah won a Kentucky Derby by a length over Firing Line, afterwards took his sixth true feat by slogging over a murky lane for a 7-length feat over Tale of Verve in a Preakness. American Pharoah finished fifth in his initial race, afterwards reeled off 4 victories by a total 22.25 lengths streamer into a Kentucky Derby. American Pharoah’s grandsire, Empire Maker, won a 2002 Belmont. Trainer: Bob Baffert, who has lerned one Belmont leader – Point Given in 2001. Jockey: Victor Espinoza.

Frammento got into a Kentucky Derby when Stanford scratched, and he finished 11th – 12 lengths behind American Pharoah. Frammento did not run in a Preakness after a misfortune finish of his eight-race career. Considered a closer, Frammento’s usually win came in his second race. Seattle Slew, a 1977 Triple Crown winner, is a great-grandfather of both Frammento’s founder and dam and one of Frammento’s great-grandfathers is A.P. Indy, a leader of a 1992 Belmont. Trainer: Nick Zito, who won a Belmont in 2004 with Birdstone and 2008 with Da’Tara. Jockey: Mike Smith, who won a Belmont aboard Drosselmeyer in 2010 and Palace Malice in 2013.

Frosted entered a Kentucky Derby off a 2-length feat in a Grade we Wood Memorial. He finished fourth during Churchill Downs, 3.25 lengths behind American Pharoah, though was shutting down a stretch. Frosted, who is a successor of 1977 Triple Crown leader Seattle Slew by both his founder and dam, skipped a Preakness. Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin, who lerned 2006 Belmont leader Jazil. Jockey: Joel Rosario, who won a 2014 Belmont on Tonalist.

Keen Ice won one of his 4 2-year-old starts and came in fifth, third and fourth as a 3-year-old in Grade II races before using seventh in a Kentucky Derby. Keen Ice skipped a Preakness. Trainer: Dale Romans. Jockey: Kent Desormeaux, who rode Summer Bird to feat in a 2009 Belmont.      

Madefromlucky was beaten by American Pharoah in a Rebel Stakes and a Arkansas Derby and didn’t enter a Kentucky Derby or a Preakness. But a equine won a Peter Pan Stakes during Belmont Park on May 9, and a wish for his handlers is Madefromlucky can transcribe a Belmont feat of final year’s Peter Pan winner, Tonalist. Trainer: Todd Pletcher, who won a 2007 Belmont with Rags to Riches and a 2013 Belmont with Palace Malice. Jockey: Javier Castellano.  

Materiality kept a hex going in a Kentucky Derby. Although Materiality had won all 3 of his career starts before a Run for a Roses, he didn’t competition as a 2-year-old, and Apollo in 1882 is a usually Derby leader who did not competition as a 2-year-old. Materiality finished sixth during Churchill Downs. Materiality skipped a Preakness, though earnings for a Belmont, that his sire, Afleet Alex, won a 2005. Trainer: Todd Pletcher, who won a 2007 Belmont with Rags to Riches and a 2013 Belmont with Palace Malice. Jockey: John Velazquez, who has ridden dual Belmont winners – Rags to Riches in 2007 and Union Rags in 2012.

Mubtaahij is Irish-bred with winning European bloodlines. But in his initial run in a United States, he finished eighth in a Kentucky Derby – 9.25 lengths behind American Pharoah. Mubtaahij skipped a Preakness. Trainer: Mike de Kock. Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

Tale of Verve did not run in a Kentucky Derby and went off during 28-1 in a Preakness. But he finished second in Maryland to acquire a outing to Belmont. Trainer: Dallas Stewart. Jockey: Gary Stevens, who won a Belmont in 1995 on Thunder Gulch, 1998 on Victory Gallop and 2001 on Point Given. 

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