Belmont Stakes – Top 5 Contenders

Belmont Stakes – Saturday June 9, 2018

With the last leg of Triple Crown coming to an end at the Belmont Stakes on 9th June 2018, fans are getting ready to see which horse will be crossing the finishing line first. With a high of 71°F and 62% chance of precipitation, the weather is expected to be cloudy with a handful of showers. As one of the horses stands a chance of being a part of the tournament’s rich history, will the weather change the results? Let’s see what the Belmont Stakes has in store by taking a closer look at the top five contenders:

Justify

Ridden by Mike Smith, is the favorite for this race, as fans expect him to finish the tournament as the 13th winner of the Triple Crown, thanks to his incredible stamina and skill. As no horse has been able to beat Justify during the five starts in his lifetime, his every move will be watched to see if this thoroughbred has a weakness.

Hofburg

Along with Irad Ortiz Jr., his jockey, is one of the few horses in the race, who stands a chance in beating the reliable Justify. As he has taken part in only four races, his legs are fresh enough to give him a great start. With the genes of Tapit and Touch Gold in his blood, ignoring Hofburg is a huge mistake.

Bravazo

Thanks to the tremendous amounts of experience available to Bravazo, this thoroughbred gave Justify a run for its money, by almost beating it at the Preakness Stakes. Out of the ten starts in his career, he has finished in the top three six times. Along with Luis Saez, Bravazo stands a chance of stealing the spotlight.

Vino Rosso

As the Belmont Stakes is one and a half miles long, Vino Rosso mind-blowing stamina gives him the advantage to win the race without breaking a sweat. Don’t be surprised if he thunders through the crowded track, as he didn’t take part in the Preakness. Under the guidance of John Velazquez, he has the potential to upset the favorites.

Tenfold

By demonstrating the power of his pedigree and finishing third in Preakness, Tenfold gave us a taste of his real potential. As Tenfold started peaking at the right time, he is a strong contender to finish in the top three at the Belmont Stakes. Ricardo Santana Jr. will make the most of his bond with this thoroughbred, to give this horse the necessary push to collect their first victory in this high-level tournament.