2017 Triple Crown Race Dates

The Kentucky Derby
Churchill Downs - May 6, 2017
The Preakness Stakes
Pimlico - May 20, 2017
The Belmont Stakes
Belmont Park - June 10, 2017

2016 Belmont Stakes Field, Post Positions and Odds

2016 Belmont Stake3 weeks ago Exaggerator eliminated any chance for a Triple Crown for Nyquist with a victory on a sloppy track in Baltimore at the Preakness.  Now the Belmont Stakes field is set for the third jewel in the 2016 Triple Crown.

Unfortunately there will not be a showdown between Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist and Preakness winner Exaggerator at the Belmont this year.  Following the Preakness Stakes, Nyquist was sidelined with a fever and headed back home to California.

2016 Belmont Stakes Field

Post Position Horse Name Trainer Jockey Morning Line Odds
1 Governor Malibu Christophe Clement Joel Rosario 12-1
2 Destin Todd Pletcher Javier Castellano 6-1
3 Cherry Wine Dale Romans Corey J. Lanerie 8-1
4 Sudden Breaking News Donnie Von Hemel Mike Smith 10-1
5 Stradivari Todd Pletcher John Velazquez 5-1
6 Gettysburg Steven Asmussen Paco Lopez 30-1
7 Seeking the Soul Dallas Stewart Florent Geroux 30-1
8 Forever d’Oro Dallas Stewart Jose Ortiz 30-1
9 Trojan Nation Patrick Gallagher Aaron Gryder 30-1
10 Lani Mikio Matsunaga Yukata Take 20-1
11 Exaggerator Keith Desormeaux Kent Desormeaux 9-5
12 Brody’s Cause Dale Romans Luis Saez 20-1
13 Creator Steven Asmussen Irad Ortez Jr 10-1

Exaggerator is the early 9-5 favorite and we expect that to drop to 3-5 by race time.  But there are a few horses we like to offer a challenge.  Cherry Wine finished strong down the stretch in the Preakness and has been improving every race.  The longer Belmont track may benefit this horse the most.

Jockey Kent Desormeaux likes the number 11 post drawn by Exaggerator.  He plans to grab the lead and stay there.  “I’d like to establish position preferably without him getting a grain of sand in his face” said the 46 year old rider.  Exaggerator is trained by Kent’s brother Keith Desormeaux.

Can Exaggerator go back-to-back in Triple Crown races?  We’ll see what the rest of the Belmont Stakes field has to say about that!

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