Belmont Stakes 2021 Horse Profile: France Go de Ina

Ricardo Santana Jr. gets the mount on Japanese invader France Go de Ina in the Belmont
Ricardo Santana Jr. gets the mount on Japanese invader France Go de Ina in the Belmont

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 longshot Japanese invader France Go de Ina. Do they give him any chance at all...?

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Sean's Take...

France Go de Ina:  It’s always nice to have a bit of Japanese flavor in the Belmont, but I don’t think France Go de Ina can be considered a serious contender. He did show a surprising amount of early speed in the Preakness, however he sat a very good trip and came up completely empty. I don’t see why his fortunes should change with an additional two and a half furlongs to navigate.

J.N's Take...

I remember overhearing some chatter during the Preakness that sounded like, “What is that Japanese horse doing?” Some were befuddled, but maybe they like it that way. At any rate, France Go de Ina did take some interesting positions during the 2nd Leg of the Triple of Crown, but I thought his overall effort was pretty succinct.

A 7th place finish wasn’t terrible, and considering that trainer Hideyuki is so accomplished internationally, he did his best against some homers that had an inside track. Now, coming to Belmont should make for an interesting 2nd chance. Remember, this is a conditioner who has the likes of Pink Kamehameha and Matera Sky in his charge. The man can train. Will “France” be ready to go this time around “The Beast?” We are going to find out. I will be using him under. He has a shot to hit the board, for sure.

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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.