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Las Vegas, NV - Belmont Park in Elmont, New York will be the center of the Horse Racing universe this weekend when the third jewel of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes will be run. Some of the best three year olds in the land will come together to attempt to spoil the Triple Crown aspirations of American Pharoah on Saturday, June 6. A purse of $1.5 million will be on the line as the hopefuls line up and go 1 1/2 miles on Belmont Park's dirt track.
A field of eight will line up in the Final Jewel of the Triple Crown. The Belmont Stakes goes as race 11 on Belmont Park's stacked Saturday card. Post time is 6:50 PM ET - it will be broadcast on NBC. Here is a peek into the past performances of all eight entries for this intriguing, potentially history-making Grade 1 stakes - seven of which will likely be chasing down the great American Pharoah.
American Pharoah 3-5 - In 2012 it was I'll Have Another, and in 2014 California Chrome. Now in 2015, American Pharoah, will attempt to become just the 12th to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes - the first since Affirmed in 1978. Bob Baffert will send out the champion 2-year-old male of 2014 American Pharoah for the eighth time having posted six wins in seven career starts - the only blemish coming in his debut. He enters on a six race win streak - all graded stakes. Last time out was in the Preakness Stakes May 16 by an impressive seven lengths after a statement win in the Kentucky Derby in May 2. They followed wins in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby by an incredible eight lengths April 11, in the Graded 2 Rebel Stakes by 6 1/4 lengths in March, the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes September 27 and a terrific 4 3/4 length win in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity September 3. American Pharoah has been the most dominant horse on the planet the last eight months - most will be rooting for him Saturday! As always Victor Espinoza will get the return call aboard the overwhelming morning line favorite from post 5.
Frosted 5-1 - Kiaran McLaughlin trained colt raced in stakes company for the first time November 29 and finished a respectable second behind Leave the Light On as 9-5 favorite in the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct and followed that with another good runner-up finish - behind Upstart in the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream January 24. Last time out he finished a troubled fourth in the Kentucky Derby after a huge statement with a win by two lengths in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct April 4. Before that was a somewhat disappointing fourth after looking tremendous but tiring in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream February 21. Other results include a maiden score in his third start - by an impressive 5 1/2 lengths October 30 after a pair of seconds to begin his career. That makes two wins, and four second place finishes in seven career starts with his win two starts back raising a few eyebrows. Joel Rosario has the mount aboard the morning line second choice from gate 6.
Materiality 6-1 - Todd Pletcher trained colt has four career starts and has won three. Last time out was his only career blemish - a sixth in the Kentucky Derby. That result followed a terrific 1 1/2 length win with a 110 Beyer Speed Figure in the Grade 1 Florida Derby March 28, an impressive 5 3/4 length score over highly regarded Stanford in the listed Islamoranda Handicap March 6 and a maiden score by 4 1/4 lengths at first asking January 11 - all results at Gulfstream. He is lightly raced but highly regarded. The legendary John Velazquez has the call on the third betting choice from the outside post 8.
Mubtaahij 10-1 - Irish bred colt had four wins and a second place finish in his last five races overseas - all at Meydan before debuting in North America. That debut was an eighth in the Kentucky Derby which followed a two race win streak - the UAE Derby by eight lengths March 28 and the Al Bastakiya Stakes three weeks earlier. He also had a third in the Group 3 UAE Two Thousand Guineas in February. Mubtaahij looks for a bounceback effort and hopes to make a little noise on North American soil this week. Irad Ortiz will be in the saddle from the rail at 10-1 odds.
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Madefromlucky 12-1 - Todd Pletcher trained colt has eight career starts with three wins, two seconds and a third place finish. He has been in there with some tough competition so far with OK results. Last time out was a great win in the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes on this very track May 9 after a fourth behind American Pharoah in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park April 11, a good second behind American Pharoah in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes on that same track March 14 and two straight wins at Gulfstream to start his year - a maiden score and an Allowance Optional Claiming in February. Madefromlucky has been competitive virtually every time out and hopes to win his second straight graded stakes race on this track when he line up in gate 3. Javier Castellano has been tabbed to ride from post 3.
Tale of Verve 15-1 - Dale Stewart trained colt has seven career starts with a win, two seconds, and two third place finishes. He raced in stakes company for the first time May 16 and posted a career best effort - a second at 28-1 odds in the Preakness Stakes right behind American Pharoah. He finally broke maiden in his seventh career start April 23 before that. Tale of Verve has been steadily improving and will be looking to build on a very impressive effort last time out with Gary Stevens guiding him from gate 2.
Keen Ice 20-1 - broke maiden in his second career start for trainer Dale Romans but has placed in just two of six starts since - all graded stakes. Last time out was a seventh in the Kentucky Derby after a fourth in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby, a third in the Grade 2 Risen Star, a fifth in the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes and a third in the Grade 3 Remsen. He has one win and two third place finishes in eight career starts and will have Kent Desormeaux in the reins from post 7.
Frammento 30-1 - Nick Zito trainee has a win, a second and a third place finish in eight career starts -a third place finish in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes February 21 being his best result. Last time out was an eleventh in the Kentucky Derby after a fourth in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes April 4. Frammento has placed in just one of four career graded stakes tries and will be hoping for a breakthrough Saturday with Mike Smith in the irons from gate 4.
Race 11 on Belmont Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 6:50 PM.
|1||Mubtaahij (IRE)||I. Ortiz, Jr.||M. de Kock|
|2||Tale of Verve||G. Stevens||D. Stewart|
|3||Madefromlucky||J. Castellano||T. Pletcher|
|4||Frammento||M. Smith||N. Zito|
|5||American Pharoah||V. Espinoza||B. Baffert|
|6||Frosted||J. Rosario||K. McLaughlin|
|7||Keen Ice||K. Desormeaux||D. Romans|
|8||Materiality||J. Velazquez||T. Pletcher|