2015 Belmont Stakes Entries

Will American Pharoah win the Triple Crown?

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The Secretariat Statue at Belmont Park decorated with a blanket of carnations for the Belmont Stakes. Terence Dulay

The final leg of the Triple Crown is the Belmont Stakes on June 6th and this year Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah will try to become the 12th Triple Crown winner. It will be the fourth try at the elusive Crown for trainer Bob Baffert and the third for jockey Victor Espinoza.  On Wednesday at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, the post positions were drawn for the race and American Pharoah drew post 5 and was set as the 3-5 morning line favorite.

  Second choice at odds of 5-1 is Frosted, the fourth place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, who drew post 6.  Materiality, winner of the Florida Derby and sixth in the Kentucky Derby, drew post 8 and will the the third choice on the morning line at odds of 6-1.

American Pharoah's trainer Bob Baffert, said, "I don't really think it's a horrible post position. I've always liked the five.  It's one I've had good luck with. The main thig is that the horse is doing well; I think that's the most important thing. He's doing great, but we still have to get around there." 

The Belmont Stakes, is not only the longest of the three Triple Crown races at one and a half miles but also the oldest. The grueling distance can make or break a horse and is one of the truest tests of stamina in racing. 31 horses have entered the Belmont with a chance to become a Triple Crown winner, but only eleven have succeeded and the last was Affirmed 37 years ago.

 

The last time one of trainer Bob Baffert's horses went for the Triple Crown was War Emblem in 2002, who stumbled at the start of the Belmont and lost all chance.  Baffert said, “It’s hard for me to imagine I’m going through this again.  I can’t believe this is the fourth time I’m doing this, and how lucky I’ve been.

  All I can do is rely on my experience going to the next one. I know what to expect; I know how difficult it is. With a horse like this it makes my job a lot easier. You see the way he moves. He just floats. He’s effortless.”

Live television coverage will be provided from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network and 4:30-7:30 p.m. on NBC, and post time for the Belmont Stakes will be around 6:30p.m. All times are Eastern time zone.

Be sure to click the link on each horse's name to view full info, stats, and a photo.  All horses carry 126lbs.

PostHorseTrainerDosageJockeyM/L Odds
1MubtaahijMike de Kock1.00   Irad Ortiz Jr.10-1
2Tale of VerveDallas Stewart2.25   Gary Stevens15-1
3MadefromluckyTodd Pletcher3.21   Javier Castellano12-1
4FrammentoNick Zito3.50   Mike Smith30-1
5American PharoahBob Baffert4.33   Victor Espinoza3-5
6FrostedKiaran McLaughlin2.75   Joel Rosario5-1
7Keen IceDale Romans2.73   Kent Desormeaux20-1
8MaterialityTodd Pletcher2.33   John Velazquez6-1

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