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NYRA reveals Belmont contenders list

A large, competitive contingent of challengers is expected to face California Chrome when he attempts to become Thoroughbred racing's 12th Triple Crown winner in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7 at Belmont Park.

Commanding Curve, second in the Kentucky Derby, and Ride On Curlin, runner-up in the Preakness, are slated to take on California Chrome again in the Belmont.

Also exiting the Derby and aiming for a start in the Belmont are Danza (third), Wicked Strong (fourth), Samraat (fifth), and Intense Holiday (12th).

Social Inclusion, third in the Preakness, is expected to join the Belmont field, as is Kid Cruz, eighth in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

The provisional Belmont field also includes Tonalist and Commissioner, the respective top two finishers in Belmont Park's Peter Pan on May 10.

"We want to congratulate the connections of California Chrome, who has distinguished himself as an elite three-year-old," said Martin Panza, NYRA's Senior Vice President of Racing Operations. "Every one of us at the New York Racing Association looks forward to watching him attempt to make history on June 7. With $8 million in purses and 10 stakes on the card, Belmont Stakes Day already was going to be a fantastic day of racing, and California Chrome's Triple Crown bid will make the event even bigger."

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