Belmont Stakes 2021 Horse Profile: Known Agenda

Known Agenda is Todd Pletcher's best chance of a win in the Belmont
Known Agenda is Todd Pletcher's best chance of a win 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 Todd Pletcher's best shot to win the race of his three entries - Known Agenda.

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Sean's Take...

Known Agenda:  Initially I thought I was going to have a good deal of interest in Known Agenda in this race, but while I think he should rebound some off a distant ninth-place finish in the Derby, he really didn’t have as much excuse for that subpar outing as I would’ve thought. It’s an almost impossible task to win from the one-hole in the Derby, however Known Agenda worked out a fairly good trip all things considered and was just not competitive in the stretch. A smaller field is going to help him steer clear of any traffic trouble, but I think his win two back in the G1 Florida Derby over Soup and Sandwich represents his ceiling.

J.N's Take...

Trainer Todd Pletcher is heading towards the Hall of Fame, and now all of us turfwriters are going to be forced to scribble “HOF” in front when we are penning pieces describing his entries. That is the way it goes. The distinction is certainly warranted considering his win totals and overall impact on the sport.

He is coming to Belmont with a strong hand, and Known Agenda has some very good experience on his resume. At Churchill though, he had a rough time getting into contention, and even though he was not towards the rear in the end, he did crack the Top Ten, with a 9th place score.

That is not bad considering the competition and the traffic troubles that most face if they are not on or near the lead. Pletcher will have this one ready, I am sure, but I am skeptical that this son of Curlin will be able to make much of an impact. That effort he displayed in the Florida Derby (G1), which at this point seems like eons ago, is one he will try to replicate. I would look elsewhere when it comes to stamina and value.

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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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