The rescheduled Belmont Stakes at New York’s Belmont Park on Saturday is two weeks later than its usual spot on the calendar. Also, the distance will be shorter. Instead of once around the mile and a half oval, the race will be a one-turn 1 1/8 miles.
First run in 1867, the last time the Belmont Stakes was contested at this trip was back in 1893 and 1894. The race is being run at a trip other then 1 1/2 miles for the first time since 1925. Ten go to post.
Tiz The Law The One To Beat in Belmont Stakes
The favorite is Tiz The Law, and he is the one to beat. His only loss in five starts came in the 1 1/16-mile Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs in the slop in late November. He won the Champagne at Belmont last year. This year he took the Holy Bull and the Florida Derby, both at Gulfstream, the latter over this Belmont Stakes trip.
Sole Volante steps up to this trip for the first time, after winning a one-mile optional claimer at Gulfstream earlier this month. Before that he ran second in the 1 1/16-mile Tampa Bay Derby.
At 15-1, Max Player has a win at the trip, taking the Withers at Aqueduct back in February. The only question for him would be the long layoff, as he hasn’t run since.
Modernist Overpriced in Belmont Stakes
Modernist, also 15-1, is overpriced. He is two for two at the Belmont Stakes trip. He was fifth in his only start at Belmont, but that was on his career debut back in September. This year, he won a division of the 1 1/16-mile Risen Star at Fair Grounds. Then he ran third in the Louisiana Derby over the longer trip of 1 3/16 miles.
Doctor Post, at 5-1, has a win in the 1 1/16 Unbridled Stakes at Gulfstream and should get the trip. Farmington Road, a long-priced closer with only a maiden win at Tampa Bay Downs, could get up for a place.
The pick is Modernist to upset the favorite in the Belmont Stakes.