Belmont Stakes 2021 Entries & Post Positions

Brad Cox sends out Essential Quality who is likely to be the Belmont favorite.
Brad Cox sends out Essential Quality who is likely to be the Belmont favorite.

With no Triple Crown on the line - some may not be as interested in the Grade I Belmont this Saturday but it should still be a fantastic race. Preakness winner Rombauer has been entered along with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Champion - Essential Quality.

Going into the draw there was a question whether it would be nine or ten entries but the official number was just eight following the late withdrawal of Rebel’s Romance and our editor has an overview of the entries below…

Belmont Stakes 2021 Entries & Post Positions
  • Post Position
  • Horse
  • Morning Line Odds
  • Jockey
  • Trainer

Post Position

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  • 4.
  • 5.
  • 6.
  • 7.
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Horse

  • Bourbonic
  • Essential Quality
  • Rombauer
  • Hot Rod Charlie
  • France Go de Ina
  • Known Agenda
  • Rock Your World
  • Overtook

Morning Line Odds

  • 15-1
  • 2-1
  • 3-1
  • 7-2
  • 30-1
  • 6-1
  • 9-2
  • 20-1

Jockey

  • K. Carmouche
  • L. Saez
  • J. Velazquez
  • F. Prat
  • R. Santana Jr.
  • I. Ortiz Jr.
  • J. Rosario
  • M. Franco

Trainer

  • T. Pletcher
  • B. Cox
  • M. McCarthy
  • D. O'Neill
  • H. Mori
  • T. Pletcher
  • J. Sadler
  • T. Pletcher

We have to start with Preakness winner Rombauer who surprised many by taking out the second race of the Triple Crown series at Pimlico on May 15. The son of Grade I winner Twirling Candy showed plenty by winning that race and has clearly improved over the past few months. That third place finish at the Blue Grass was a lot better than it may have looked so isn’t one to rule out. Should he win the Belmont however it will be seen as a pretty big surprise for me but he's your 3-1 second favorite on the Morning Line.

Another big surprise was when Essential Quality failed to win the Kentucky Derby back on May 1. Before that race - the Tapit colt was undefeated including four straight wins at the Graded Stakes level. I like his pedigree to go that extra quarter of a mile up at Belmont. Got to feel as though he has a great chance to take out the race and springboard towards a big summer - with the Travers, Jim Dandy and potentially BC Classic in November on the agenda. He's your 2-1 M/L favorite.

Our turf-man really liked Rebel’s Romance who had been flown in by Charlie Appleby. The winner of the UAE Derby is an unknown to many US Horse Bettors but would have gotten a long look from our guys when they handicap the race later in the week. However about two hours before the Post Position draw - owners Godolphin tweeted that he’s been scratched due to a minor infection in his hind leg. This is really disappointing news.

One other non-US horse has been entered as France Go de Ina tries his luck at the Belmont following a seventh place finish at the Preakness. He finished sixth at the aforementioned UAE Derby but was extremely highly thought of going into that race. Likely to be an outsider in the Belmont and the M/L agrees - 30-1.

John Sadler sends Rock Your World (9-2) across the country and the Santa Anita Derby winner will get plenty of long looks. He got a terrible trip in the Kentucky Derby but if he gets to the front early then he’s firmly in the mix. He’s likely to jostle with Hot Rod Charlie (7-2) to get to the front and set the pace of the race. Whichever of those two three-year-olds makes it into the first turn in the lead then you have to like their chances. Importantly Hot Rod Charlie will break from PP 4 with Rock Your World out at PP 7.

Todd Pletcher is sending out three horses for the race and none of them are expected to be at the top of the betting charts going into the Belmont. Florida Derby winner Known Agenda finished ninth at the Kentucky Derby with stablemate Bourbonic coming home 13th. Overtook didn’t get to race at Churchill Downs but the runner-up at the Withers and third-place finisher at the Peter Pan will get his Triple Crown chance on Saturday.

Here at HorseRacing.net we'll have comprehensive coverage of the action at Belmont Park throughout the week and on Belmont Stakes day itself. Our in-house handicapper will be handicapping the cards in-depth on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with our turf-man also providing his thoughts on all the Graded Stakes races throughout. They will also provide their thoughts on all the runners in the Belmont Stakes. So keep checking back with us all week for coverage of the Belmont Stakes and all the undercard races.

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Belmont Stakes 2021

Belmont Stakes 2021 Race Card

2
PP 2

Essential Quality

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: L. Saez /
  • Trainer: B. Cox /
Morning Line Odds

Morning Line favorite. Unbeaten before surprise defeat in Kentucky Derby. Got a bad trip that day. Very likeable horse.

3
PP 3

Rombauer

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: J. Velazquez /
  • Trainer: M. McCarthy /
Morning Line Odds

Shock Preakness winner. 3-1 is a short price for me. If he wins then has to be considered the top three-year-old so far this year.

4
PP 4

Hot Rod Charlie

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: F. Prat /
  • Trainer: D. O'Neill /
Morning Line Odds

Should provide the early pace. Importantly drawn inside other speed horse Rock Your World.

7
PP 7

Rock Your World

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: J. Rosario /
  • Trainer: J. Sadler /
Morning Line Odds

Winner at Grade I level on turf and dirt. Has the stamina. Got a terrible break in the Derby. Needs to get out front early. Contender

6
PP 6

Known Agenda

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: I. Ortiz Jr. /
  • Trainer: T. Pletcher /
Morning Line Odds

One of three Todd Pletcher horses entered. Probably his best shot. Won the Florida Derby but still not expected to challenge. Potential to hit the board.

1
PP 1

Bourbonic

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: K. Carmouche /
  • Trainer: T. Pletcher /

Won the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct but 13th in the Derby. Tough to use even in deep exotics.

8
PP 8

Overtook

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: M. Franco /
  • Trainer: T. Pletcher /

Only horse entered yet to have a Graded Stakes win to his name. Longshot.

5
PP 5

France Go de Ina

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: R. Santana Jr. /
  • Trainer: H. Mori /

Japanese invader did not do well in the Preakness. Struggled in the UAE Derby. Huge longshot.

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