July 14, 2020

Get to know the 2020 Belmont Stakes contenders

Atop the Belmont Stakes trophy is Fenian, August Belmont's homebred winner of the 1869 classic (NYRA photo)

***UPDATED after the draw with post positions, jockeys, and morning-line odds.

With the Triple Crown schedule scrambled by the COVID-19 pandemic, the June 20 Belmont S. (G1) is now the first jewel. The change in timing, preceding the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Oct. 3 Preakness (G1), has also led to a reduced Belmont distance of 1 1/8 miles.

Leading Kentucky Derby contender Tiz the Law tops the field for the Belmont, which has been added to the series of scoring races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Given its stature as a classic race, the Belmont is worth 150 points to the winner, 60 points to second, 30 to third, and 15 to fourth.

The scenario of a one-turn affair, rather than the 1 1/2-mile “Test of the Champion,” is influencing the cast. A couple of speedy types are in the mix, including Tap It to Win who is not Triple Crown-nominated.

Here are the 3-year-olds entered in the Belmont:

DR POST (Post 9), 5-1

Dr Post overcame a tough trip to win the Unbridled (Ryan Thompson/Coglianese Photos)

Up-and-comer has won two straight at Gulfstream including the Unbridled S.

Owner: St Elias Stable; Trainer: Todd Pletcher; Jockey: Irad Ortiz

Pedigree: Quality Road–Mary Delaney, by Hennessy

Dr Post news

 

 

FARMINGTON ROAD (Post 5), 15-1

Farmington Road at Oaklawn (Coady Photography)

Oaklawn S. runner-up exits a fourth in Nadal’s division of the Arkansas Derby (G1)

Owners: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Chrysalis Stables, Robert V. LaPenta; Trainer: Todd Pletcher; Jockey: Javier Castellano

Pedigree: Quality Road–Silver La Belle, by Langfuhr

Farmington Road news

 

 

FORE LEFT (Post 6), 30-1

Fore Left wins the 2019 Tremont at Belmont(c) Horsephotos.com/Kathleen O’Leary

California shipper has not raced since capturing the UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) on Feb. 6

Owner: Reddam Racing; Trainer: Doug O’Neill; Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Pedigree: Twirling Candy–Simply Sunny, by Unbridled’s Song

Fore Left news

 

 

JUNGLE RUNNER (Post 7), 50-1

Jungle Runner at Oaklawn Park (Coady Photography)

Clever Trevor winner has been well beaten in four straight including Charlatan’s Arkansas Derby division

Owner: Calumet Farm; Trainer: Steve Asmussen; Jockey: Reylu Gutierrez

Pedigree: Candy Ride–Minx, by Tapit

Jungle Runner news

 

 

MAX PLAYER (Post 3), 15-1

Max Player wins the Withers (NYRA/Coglianese/Chelsea Durand)

Withers (G3) hero is gearing up for his first start since that Feb. 1 conquest

Owner: George E. Hall; Trainer: Linda Rice; Jockey: Joel Rosario

Pedigree: Honor Code–Fools in Love, by Not for Love

Max Player news

 

 

MODERNIST (Post 4), 15-1

Modernist wins the second Risen Star division (Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges Jr.)

Victor of second Risen Star (G2) division was last seen third in the Louisiana Derby (G2)

Owners: Pam & Martin Wygod; Trainer: Bill Mott; Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Pedigree: Uncle Mo–Symbolic Gesture, by Bernardini

Modernist news

 

 

PNEUMATIC (Post 10), 8-1

Pneumatic won his first two at Oalawn (Coady Photography)

Late developer was third in his Matt Winn (G3) stakes debut

Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds; Trainer: Steve Asmussen; Jockey: Ricardo Santana

Pedigree: Uncle Mo–Teardrop, by Tapit

Pneumatic news

 

 

SOLE VOLANTE (Post 2), 9-2

Sole Volante posted a 2 1/2-length win in the Sam F. Davis (c) Tampa Bay Downs/S V Photography

Sam F. Davis (G3) winner rallied for second in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) and prepped with a June 10 allowance score

Owner: Reeves Thoroughbred Racing & Andie Biancone; Trainer: Patrick Biancone; Jockey: Luca Panici

Pedigree: Karakontie–Light Blow, by Kingmambo

Sole Volante news

 

TAP IT TO WIN (Post 1), 6-1

Tap It to Win broke his maiden at Saratoga (NYRA/Coglianese Photos)

Recent Belmont allowance conqueror has been supplemented

Owner: Live Oak Plantation; Trainer: Mark Casse; Jockey: John Velazquez

Pedigree: Tapit–Onepointhreekarats, by Medaglia d’Oro

Tap It to Win news

 

TIZ THE LAW (Post 8), 6-5

Tiz the Law proved much the best in the Florida Derby (c) Derbe Glass/Coglianese Photos

Kentucky Derby points leader dominated the Florida Derby (G1)

Owner: Sackatoga Stable; Trainer: Barclay Tagg; Jockey: Manny Franco

Pedigree: Constitution–Tizfiz, by Tiznow

Tiz the Law news