With the filing deadline set for Noon Eastern today, it looks highly likely that nine horses will enter and take part in the 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes.
Eight horses had already been declared by their owners/trainers that they were going to run and only Modernist was listed as a Possible. Now that has been bumped up to a Probable after trainer Bill Mott confirmed that the plan was indeed to enter and barring any last minute additions or withdrawals, the field is set.
Modernist has already placed at the Louisiana Derby and won a division of the Risen Star Stakes so certainly has some hopes of being towards the front of the field.
The field will be led by odds-on favorite Tiz the Law. The number one rated horse in the NTRA poll for three-year-olds has already won three times on the Kentucky Derby Prep trail to show everyone that he’s the horse to beat. He’s already tasted victory around Belmont Park having triumphed in the Champagne Stakes last October. Wins at Gulfstream in the Holy Bull and Florida Derby followed.
Tiz the Law has won three times as I said on the Derby Prep trail, all the other runners together have put up three victories. With Max Player having won at Aqueduct in the Withers Stakes, Sole Volante took home the Sam F. Davis down at Tampa Bay and the aforementioned Modernist.
This is a large reason why Tiz the Law is so short in the betting. Expected foes included Maxfield, Nadal and Charlatan but they’ve all been unavailable due to injury. Honor A.P. took out the Santa Anita Derby on June 6 so it was deemed too soon for him to ship across the country for another big race, which means only Sole Volante from the top ten of the NTRA Poll is set to race at the Belmont.
The full list of expected runners is as follows:
Tap It to Win
Tiz the Law
The Post Positions draw is later today and we’ll update the site with news from that when it happens along with how the Morning Line odds have been set after said draw.