Belmont Stakes 2021 Horse Profile: Bourbonic

The Belmont stands won't be empty on Saturday but the likelihood of them cheering Bourbonic home seems remote
The Belmont stands won't be empty on Saturday but the likelihood of them cheering Bourbonic home seems remote

The main event on Saturday is clearly the $1,500,000 grade I Belmont Stakes. As we've done for both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness - our in-house handicapper (Sean) and turf-man (J.N.) have put together their thoughts on all the runners for the race.

This piece features their thoughts on Bourbonic. One of three Todd Pletcher horses in the field and a 15-1 shot on the Morning Line.

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Sean's Take...

Bourbonic:  This guy orchestrated the biggest upset in the history of the G2 Wood Memorial on the NYRA circuit earlier this year, but sadly lightning didn’t strike twice in the G1 Kentucky Derby, in which he finished 13th, beaten 16 lengths by Medina Spirit in the end. The mile and a half distance of the Belmont Stakes truly is the great equalizer, however Bourbonic is going to need to make up many lengths on the top contenders in this race, which I have a hard time seeing. I wouldn’t completely rule him out of the exotics conversation, but I can’t endorse him as a serious win candidate.

J.N's Take...

Another Pletcher runner who appears to be entered just enter … Bourbonic shocked everyone in the lackluster Wood Memorial (G2), a race in the old days that used to be the gold standard when it came to producing fabulous runners. It is still hard to believe that the colt and his ginormous price set the all-time record for Wood scores.

Still, I am not bullish but bearish on this one. Bernardini’s offspring have had success over time, but it will not be here. A Calumet Farm homebred is certainly an inviting storyline, especially considering they once faced economic ruin under their original ownership. Nothing like a good story, even if the horse may end up being 70/1 at post time. They are used to it …

Here at 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. 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

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.

PP 3


  • 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.

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.

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

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.

PP 1


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

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

PP 8


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

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

PP 5

France Go de Ina

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

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