The Road to the Belmont Stakes Runs Through Pimlico
Category : News
Fri 10/06/2016 - 15:19 EDT
The field has been established for the 2016 running of the Belmont Stakes and of the thirteen contenders, there are four horses who competed in the Preakness Stakes (G1) and are moving on to the third jewel of the Triple Crown.
Exaggerator, the morning line favorite at odds of 8-5, earned a trip to the winner’s circle and a place in the history books with a 3 ½ length victory over a sloppy track. Trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by his brother, Kent, the dark bay son of Curlin was able to emulate his father’s accomplishment with a victory at Pimlico. In 2007, Curlin was second by a nose to the filly Rags to Riches in one of the greatest battles in Belmont Stakes (G1) history.
Runner-up Cherry Wine back for another try
Another horse returning from the Preakness Stakes (G1) is Cherry Wine, one of two horses for trainer Dale Romans. Cherry Wine finished second in the Preakness, a nose ahead of Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Nyquist. A son of Paddy O’Prado, Cherry Wine will be trying to earn his first stakes victory and has won two of his nine starts. He is scheduled to break from post position three under Corey Lanerie.
Two other Preakness also-rans moving on to Belmont
Two other familiar faces from Pimlico will be back in the starting gate – Lani and Stradivari. Lani, the fifth-place finisher in the Preakness (G1), is the only contender besides Exaggerator who will have competed in all three legs of the Triple Crown. Stradivari, trained by Todd Pletcher, was fourth in his most recent start and will be making only his second start against graded stakes competition.
Wise guys who liked Stradivari in the Preakness have every right to maintain their enthusiasm for the Todd Pletcher-trained colt in the Belmont Stakes where the intriguing runner will likely make his next start.
The 2016 edition of the Preakness Stakes is in the record books and horse racing fans will have to go another year without a Triple Crown on the line. Exaggerator was able to defeat his rival and step into the spotlight with a victory at Pimlico Race Course.
With the May 17 announcement that Kentucky Derby third-place finisher Gun Runner will not compete in the Preakness Stakes May 21 at Pimlico, Nyquist’s path to winning the second jewel of the Triple Crown got considerably less difficult.
The field for the Preakness (G1) Stakes on Saturday, May 21 is still coming together but there are several probable fresh faces ready to take on Nyquist. The field is limited to fourteen starters and the race will be contested at a mile and three-sixteenths at Pimlico Race Course.