2014 Belmont Stakes
1. Medal Count
Record, earnings, points: 8 races (3-wins, 1-place, 0-show); $261,600
Jockey: Robby Albarado
Trainer: Dale Romans
Owner: Spendthrift Farm
Breeder: Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC
Comment: Rested since Derby, where he finished eighth after troubled trip. Bred for grass and best efforts to date on synthetic tracks. Unlikely to medal here.
2. California Chrome
Record, earnings: 12 races (8-wins, 1-place, 0-show); $3,452,650
Sire: Lucky Pulpit
Dam: Love the Chase
Jockey: Victor Espinoza
Trainer: Art Sherman
Owners: Steve and Carolyn Coburn and Perry and Denise Martin
Breeder: Martin Perry and Steve Coburn
Comment: Colt from wrong side of tracks has done little wrong lately. Must respect, but jockey Espinoza wearing bull’s eye on his back. Hope he pulls it off for some good folks.
Record, earnings: 4 races (1-wins, 0-place, 1-show); $62,102
Dam: Winter Garden
Jockey: Joe Bravo
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owners: Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith
Breeder: Town & Country Farm Corp.
Comment: Son of leading sire Tapit has only maiden win to his credit from four starts. Would be easier to crest the mountain than to find this Pletcherite in Belmont winner’s circle.
4. Commanding Curve
Record, earnings, points: 7 races (1-wins, 2-place, 2-show); $542,434
Sire: Master Command
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds
Breeder: T.F. Van Meter
Comment: Late pitch in Derby grieved many horse players. Training well for Stewart, but still looking for second career win. Doesn’t generate much enthusiasm, but dangerous to discard.
5. Ride On Curlin
Record, earnings: 11 races (2-wins, 3-place, 4-show); $714,687
Dam: Magical Ride
Jockey: John Velazquez
Trainer: William G. Gowan
Owner: Daniel J. Dougherty
Breeder: G. Watts Humphrey Jr. & Louise Ireland Humphrey Revocable Trust - 2008
Comment: Not sure this fellow has enough of his sire’s genes to savor Belmont’s mile- and-a-half. Believe Preakness was hard-trying colt’s best chance in Classics.
Record, earnings: 8 races (1-wins, 1-place, 2-show); $78,643
Dam: Golden Sonata
Jockey: Mike Smith
Trainer: Bill Mott
Owner: George J. Prussin
Breeder: Sha-Li Leasing Associates Inc.
Comment: Trainer Mott dangerous at all times, but this son of Bernardini would appreciate non-winners of two lifetime allowance company rather than this group.
Record, earnings, points: 7 races (5-wins, 1-place, 0-show); $833,200
Sire: Noble Causeway
Dam: Little Indian Girl
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Trainer: Rick Violette Jr.
Owner: My Meadowview Farm
Breeder: My Meadowview LLC
Comment: Trainer Violette’s expression of doubt regarding colt’s stamina echoed by anyone who can read the Racing Form. Probable pace factor, but not much else.
Record, earnings: 7 races (2-wins, 2-place, 1-show); $235,767
Sire: A.P. Indy
Dam: Flaming Heart
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: WinStar Farm LLC
Breeder: WinStar Farm LLC
Comment: Sired by Belmont winner A.P. Indy from mare by Belmont winner Thunder Gulch. Family not likely to achieve the hat trick today.
9. Wicked Strong
Record, earnings: 7 races (2-wins, 2-place, 1-show); $804,610
Sire: Hard Spun
Dam: Moyne Abbey
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
Trainer: James Jerkens
Owner: Centennial Farms
Breeder: William F. Lynn
Comment: Fourth in Derby after being impeded by heavy traffic in stretch. Hasn’t raced since and now lying in ambush. Would be wicked to deny favorite, but just might be strong enough to do it.
10. General A Rod
Record, earnings: 7 races (2-wins, 2-place, 1-show); $372,200
Sire: Roman Ruler
Dam: Dynamite Eyes
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik
Trainer: Michael Maker
Owners: Starlight Racing and Skychai Racing LLC
Breeder: Hare Forest Farm
Comment: Nothing about him suggests mile-and-a-half within his command. Another possible pace attendant unlikely to be in touch with leaders at finish.
Record, earnings: 4 races (2-wins, 1-place, 0-show); $157,000
Dam: Settling Mist
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Owner: Robert Evans
Breeder: Woodslane Farm
Comment: Lightly-raced colt in hands of masterful conditioner, Clement. Just out for a gallop in sloppy Peter Pan, son of Tapit is a major threat. If upset in the cards, here’s the probable villain.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome tries to become the 12th winner of the Triple Crown at today’s Belmont Stakes. Eleven horses have tried since Affirmed did it in 1978, but none won the Belmont to complete the Triple Crown.
Post time: 6:52 p.m.
Where: Belmont Park
TV: NBC-Ch. 26
‘Palace’ Back At Belmont
Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice will run in the $1,250,000 Grade I Metropolitan Handicap today at Belmont Park.
The colt, who won the Belmont last year, has won all three starts as a 4-year-old, and he won the Grade III Westchester Stakes by nine lengths in his last start.
A field of 13 horses will compete in today’s one-mile race, with post time scheduled for 4:48 p.m. It is a handicap race, and Palace Malice will carry top weight of 124 pounds. He is the morning-line favorite at 8-5.
Palace Malice drew the inside rail, and jockey John Velazquez will be aboard.
Dogwood president Cot Campbell said about 10 farms have shown interest in Palace Malice for stallion duty.
“It’s not inconceivable that he would run next year,” Campbell said. “I’d love to bring him back to Aiken for a couple months. I’ll have to do what’s intelligent.”