Belmont Stakes 2021 Horse Profile: Rock Your World

John Sadler knows he needs a fast break from Rock Your World to have any shot of winning the Belmont
John Sadler knows he needs a fast break from Rock Your World to have any shot of winning 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 Santa Anita Derby winner Rock Your World. He brings early speed like Hot Rod Charlie but does he need to be out front early?

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Sean's Take...

Rock Your World:  One of the calls I’m proudest of from the Derby is that I wanted absolutely no part of the race’s second choice, Rock Your World. While he does have a major excuse for the Derby since he broke a bit slowly and was slammed on both sides shortly thereafter, I wouldn’t expect him to just get back to his breakout win in the G1 Santa Anita Derby following that race. One of the big reasons I was against Rock Your World in the Derby is that he is very lightly raced, especially on dirt, and had to ship cross-country for the race. Both of those things remain true in the Belmont, with the added question of his ability to negotiate this marathon distance. I’m expecting him to underperform again.

J.N's Take...

John Sadler has had a rough month of May. His entry for the Kentucky Derby, Rock Your World, was near the back in the end (17th), and he never had the opportunity to do much running. Some said he needed to on the lead to have any chance, and maybe that was true. As for his conditioner, the news that another member of his stable tested positive for an illegal substance is not a distraction that is remotely positive.

Now, Sadler is hoping to right the ship, and send his young colt to Belmont. The environment is going to be a hostile one, and I cannot imagine that he is going to have an easy time of it, just like in Louisville. The Santa Anita Derby was possibly just a fluke, and maybe that race was the pinnacle of his success. Then again, we are talking about a son of Candy Ride (ARG), and all know what those are capable of when it comes to these types of races. This one has a shot to hit the board, but win? Probably less so …

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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.

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