A field of 10 has been entered to compete in Saturday's $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1). The feature on an extravagant day of graded racing looks as wide open as it has in recent memory, with each horse in the field having a realistic chance of achieving Triple Crown glory.
Here is the field:
Joevia Career Racing Stats
*Top BRIS Speed rating (99) for second in Jimmy Winkfield Stakes*
|5 Starts||Owner: Jeff and Michael Fazio||Sire: Shanghai Bobby|
|2 Wins||Breeder: Ikhana Farm (KY)||Dam: Peace Process|
|2 Place||Trainer: Gregory Sacco||Color: Dark Bay|
|0 Show||Jockey: Jose Lezcano|
Total Career Earnings: $131,600
The Long Branch Stakes star was outrun when seventh in the Wood Memorial Stakes (G2) in his previous graded attempt. The likely pacesetter in the cast has to overcome doubts about his class, as well as his ability to thrive at a marathon distance. He will be the likely one to catch in the early stages.
Everfast Career Racing Stats
*Top BRIS Speed rating (94) for runner-up finishes in the Preakness Stakes (G1) and Holy Bull Stakes (G2) *
|11 Starts||Owner: Calumet Farm||Sire: Take Charge Indy|
|1 Wins||Breeder: Extern Developments (KY)||Dam: Awesome Surprise|
|2 Place||Trainer: Dale Romans||Color: Bay|
|1 Show||Jockey: Luis Saez|
Total Career Earnings: $464,805
The Preakness Stakes (G1) second made up a lot of ground at Pimlico three weeks prior and could relish the 1 1/2-mile distance in this spot. The Kentucky-bred is very inconsistent but has run big in two of his six assignments in 2019. Luis Saez picks up the mount atop the difficult-to-gauge late runner.
Master Fencer Career Racing Stats
*Top BRIS Speed rating (95) in Kentucky Derby (G1) seventh*
|7 Starts||Owner: Katsumi Yoshizawa||Sire: Just A Way|
|2 Wins||Breeder: Katsumi Yoshizawa (JPN)||Dam: Sexy Zamurai|
|2 Place||Trainer: Koichi Tsunoda||Color: Chestnut|
|0 Show||Jockey: Julien Leparoux|
Total Career Earnings: $234,392
This Japanese import gave a nice account of himself when beaten only four lengths under the wire in the Kentucky Derby (G1). The three-year-old colt is a slow-starting type with a big late kick, and his style and pedigree are both well suited to the demands of the Belmont Stakes (G1). Julien Leparoux will ride the win contender.
Tax Career Racing Stats
*Top BRIS Speed rating (103) for third-placing in Remsen Stakes (G2)*
|6 Starts||Owner: R. A. Hill Stable and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing||Sire: Arch|
|2 Wins||Breeder: Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Cilschneider (KY)||Dam: Toll|
|2 Place||Trainer: Danny Gargan||Color: Dark Bay|
|1 Show||Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.|
Total Career Earnings: $326,200
This Grade 3 winner ran a flat one in the slop at Churchill Downs most recently but will move forward on Big Sandy. The gelding has a pedigree and running style that seems tailored for the Belmont Stakes (G1). The son of Arch uses Belmont Park as his home base, and he gives the impression of a sophomore who could win the race.
Bourbon War Career Racing Stats
*Top BRIS Speed rating (96) in Remsen Stakes (G2) fourth and allowance victory*
|6 Starts||Owner: Bourbon Lane Stable and Lake Star Stable||Sire: Tapit|
|2 Wins||Breeder: Conquest Stables LLC (KY)||Dam: My Conquestadory|
|1 Place||Trainer: Mark Hennig||Color: Bay|
|0 Show||Jockey: Mike Smith|
Total Career Earnings: $202,100
This Kentucky-bred took a lot of money at the windows in the Preakness Stakes (G1) in his first race with blinkers on and never factored while finishing eighth. The well-bred colt wintered nicely in Florida this season and gets another chance following a solid half-mile drill at Belmont Park. Bourbon War will receive a rider change to Mike Smith in hopes of earning his first graded win.
Spinoff Career Racing Stats
*Top BRIS Speed rating (102) for runner-up effort in Louisiana Derby (G2)*
|5 Starts||Owner: Wertheimer and Frere||Sire: Hard Spun|
|2 Wins||Breeder: Wertheimer et Frere (KY)||Dam: Zaftig|
|1 Place||Trainer: Todd Pletcher||Color: Chestnut|
|1 Show||Jockey: Javier Castellano|
Total Career Earnings: $260,000
This chestnut colt was a sharp second in the Louisiana Derby (G2) two prior, which preceded an 18th-placed result in the Kentucky Derby (G1). The homebred shows a trio of sharp local drills following his trip to Louisville, and he will benefit from the fitness he gained on Kentucky Derby Day. This contender has early pace and looms a danger with his best performance.
Sir Winston Career Racing Stats
*Top BRIS Speed rating (101) for second in Peter Pan Stakes (G3)*
|9 Starts||Owner: Tracy Farmer||Sire: Awesome Again|
|2 Wins||Breeder: Tracy Farmer (KY)||Dam: La Gran Bailadora|
|1 Place||Trainer: Mark Casse||Color: Chestnut|
|1 Show||Jockey: Joel Rosario|
Total Career Earnings: $161,773
This Mark Casse pupil ran his best race to date when coming home swiftly in the Peter Pan Stakes (G3) most recently. The chestnut colt has never won on the dirt and is winless from four assignments in 2019 in advance of Saturday, but he could be coming around at the right time. The Kentucky-bred will have Joel Rosario in the stirrups.
Intrepid Heart Career Racing Stats
*Top BRIS Speed rating (96) in Peter Pan Stakes (G3) third-placing*
|3 Starts||Owner: Robert and Lawana Low||Sire: Tapit|
|2 Wins||Breeder: WinStar Farm LLC and Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (KY)||Dam: Flaming Heart|
|0 Place||Trainer: Todd Pletcher||Color: Gray/Roan|
|1 Show||Jockey: John Velazquez|
Total Career Earnings: $140,400
This lightly raced colt will aim to give both his trainer and sire a fourth Belmont Stakes win. The $750,000 auction purchase was an even third in the Peter Pan Stakes (G3) in his stakes debut last time and steps up in class on this day. The Kentucky-bred has improved with each start and intrigues as a longshot contender.
War of Will Career Racing Stats
*Top BRIS Speed rating (96) in Risen Star Stakes (G2) victory*
|10 Starts||Owner: Gary Barber||Sire: War Front|
|4 Wins||Breeder: Flaxman Holdings Ltd. (KY)||Dam: Visions of Clarity|
|1 Place||Trainer: Mark Casse||Color: Bay|
|1 Show||Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione|
Total Career Earnings: $1,491,569
The Preakness Stakes (G1) star proved he is among the best of his generation with a win at Pimlico, where he looked primed for success every step of the way. The millionaire colt is plenty fit right now, and he has a running style which is compatible to many recent winners of this storied event. Tyler Gaffalione will be in the controls aiming for a second Triple Crown tally atop the colt.
Tacitus Career Racing Stats
*Top BRIS Speed rating (103) in Wood Memorial (G2) triumph*
|5 Starts||Owner: Juddmonte Farms Inc.||Sire: Tapit|
|3 Wins||Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Inc.||Dam: Close Hatches|
|0 Place||Trainer: Bill Mott||Color: Gray/Roan|
|1 Show||Jockey: Jose Ortiz|
Total Career Earnings: $953,000
This colt is the potential one to beat for conditioner Bill Mott. The son of Tapit has never run a bad race and he was elevated to third in the Kentucky Derby (G1), a race he might have needed in just his third off the layoff. The blue-blooded colt smoked a bullet five furlongs at Belmont on June 2 and seems poised for a big showing in this event.