Belmont Stakes 2016: Meet a contenders and watch them run

June 6, 2016 - running watch

Exaggerator can accomplish something on Saturday that’s roughly as singular in racer racing as a Triple Crown, nonetheless if a equine were using for a Triple Crown in a Belmont Stakes, there’d be a lot some-more seductiveness than in Exaggerator’s possibility to turn a chronological footnote.

After finishing second to Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby on May 7, Exaggerator won a Preakness Stakes on May 21. That meant for a 37th time in 38 racing seasons, there would be no Triple Crown winner.

To make matters worse for a Belmont, Nyquist won’t be on palm Saturday to make a competition an American Classics rubber compare opposite Exaggerator. A heat and towering white-blood count after a vanishing third-place display during a Preakness got Nyquist sent home to California to redeem rather than to New York for a Belmont.

The 148th Belmont Stakes is set for 5:32 p.m. CDT Saturday. NBC will publish a race.

 In a 1.5-mile “Test of a Champion,” Exaggerator will try to turn a 14th equine to win a Preakness Stakes and a Belmont Stakes after not winning a Kentucky Derby. Twelve horses – a Triple Crown champions – have won all three. Four of a horses with Preakness and Belmont victories finished second in a Kentucky Derby, many recently Nashua in 1955.

The margin for a Belmont will be set on Wednesday, though a race’s web site has 10 illusive entries listed. None has contested a competition over a 1.5-mile distance, that is customarily a box and maybe explains because usually 5 favorites have won a Belmont in a prior 25 races.

The expected margin shapes adult with Exaggerator and Lani as a usually horses in a 3 Triple Crown races, Cherry Wine and Stradivari from a Preakness, Brody’s Cause, Creator, Destin, Suddenbreakingnews and Trojan Nation from a Kentucky Derby and Governor Malibu creation his Triple Crown debut.

Seven of a past 25 Belmont winners came from a Kentucky Derby after skipping a Preakness.

A outline on a horses many expected to enter a 2016 Belmont Stakes:

Brody’s Cause won a Blue Grass Stakes during Keeneland on Apr 9 by 1.75 lengths before finishing seventh in a Kentucky Derby. Brody’s Cause ran third in final year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Trainer: Dale Romans. Jockey: Luis Saez. Record: 7-3-0-1. Earnings: $1,123,138. Pedigree: Sweet Breanna by Giant’s Causeway.

Cherry Wine rallied to finish second in a Preakness, snapping Nyquist during a wire. Cherry Wine won his final competition as a 2-year-old and his initial competition as a 3-year-old before stepping adult to stakes racing. He finished fourth in a Grade II Rebel Stakes in Feb and third in a Grade we Blue Grass Stakes in March. Trainer: Dale Romans. Jockey: Robby Albarado. Record: 9-2-2-2. Earnings: $518,878. Pedigree: C.S. Royce by Paddy O’Prado.

Creator warmed adult for a 2016 Kentucky Derby a same approach that 2015 Kentucky Derby (and Triple Crown winner) American Pharoah did – by winning a Arkansas Derby. But in a Kentucky Derby, Creator finished 13th. Trainer: Steven Asmussen. Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr. Record: 9-2-4-1. Earnings: $768,320. Pedigree: Morena by Tapit.

Destin entered a Kentucky Derby off a integrate of wins during Tampa Bay – a Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes and a Grade II Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby. But in a Kentucky Derby, Destin finished sixth.  Trainer: Todd Pletcher, who has saddled dual Belmont winners – Rags to Riches in 2007 and Palace Malice in 2013. Jockey: Javier Castellano. Record: 6-3-1-0. Earnings: $390,700. Pedigree: Dream of Summer by Giant’s Causeway.

Exaggerator came adult 1.25 lengths brief of throwing Nyquist in a quick finish down a widen in a Kentucky Derby. The second-place finish during Churchill Downs noted a fourth time that Exaggerator had come adult brief in a competition won by Nyquist. But during a Preakness, Exaggerator finally pennyless through. Exaggerator’s large win entering a Triple Crown races was a 6.25-length feat in a Santa Anita Derby on Apr 9. Trainer: Keith Desormeaux. Jockey: Kent Desormeaux, who rode Summer Bird to feat in a 2009 Belmont Stakes. Record: 11-5-3-1. Earnings: $2,971,120. Pedigree: Dawn Raid by Curlin.

Governor Malibu stepped adult to a Grade II Peter Pan Stakes during Belmont Park his final time out on May 14 and ran second by three-quarters of a length. Governor Malibu has never finished worse than third in 7 races and had a two-race winning strain when he won a Federico Tesio Stakes by a nose on Apr 9. However, a stewards changed Governor Malibu behind to second after an conflict and a review. Trainer: Christophe Clement. Jockey: Joel Rosario, who rode Tonalist to feat in a 2014 Belmont Stakes. Record: 7-2-3-1. Earnings: $209,600. Pedigree: Akilina by Malibu Moon.

Lani finished ninth in his initial competition in North America, removing off to a rough start in a Kentucky Derby. Lani came behind to run fifth in a Preakness. The equine won his usually other competition outward of Japan on Mar 26, when he prisoner a UAE Derby. Trainer: Mikio Matsunaga. Jockey: Yutaka Take. Record: 8-3-1-0. Earnings: $1,411,618. Pedigree: Heavenly Romance by Tapit. 

Stradivari entered a Preakness as something of a poser horse. He had usually 3 races, though had won his prior dual by a total 25 lengths. In his graded-stakes entrance in a Preakness, Stradivari finished fourth. Trainer: Todd Pletcher, who has saddled dual Belmont winners – Rags to Riches in 2007 and Palace Malice in 2013. Jockey: John Velazquez, who has ridden dual Belmont Stakes winners – Rags to Riches in 2007 and Union Rags in 2012. Record: 4-2-0-0. Earnings: $154,200. Pedigree: Bending Strings by Medgalia d’Oro.

Suddenbreakingnews got his best win in a Grade III Southwest Stakes during Oaklawn on Mar 19, entrance from fifth entering a widen to a 2.75-length victory. Since then, he ran fifth in a Grade II Rebel Stakes, finished second to Creator in a Arkansas Derby on Apr 16 and came in fifth in a Kentucky Derby. Trainer: Donnie Von Hemel. Jockey: Mike Smith, who has ridden dual Belmont Stakes winners – Drosselmeyer in 2010 and Palace Malice in 2013. Record: 9-3-4-0. Earnings: $730,032. Pedigree: Uchitel by Mineshaft.

Trojan Nation done a dash in his stakes entrance – a Grade we Wood Memorial on Apr 9 – by finishing second by a conduct to Outwork. The movement didn’t assistance him in a Kentucky Derby, where a colt finished 16th. In his 7 career races, Trojans Nation is winless. Trainer: Patrick Gallagher. Jockey: Aaron Gryder. Record: 7-0-1-3. Earnings: $213,290. Pedigree: Storm Song by Street Cry.

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