Originally created 06/08/06

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NEW YORK - Kentucky Derby runner-up Bluegrass Cat was made the favorite for Saturday's $1 million Belmont Stakes, which drew a field of 12 3-year-olds.

Without Derby winner Barbaro and Preakness winner Bernardini in the race, New York Racing Association oddsmaker Eric Donovan went with trainer Todd Pletcher's colt as the 3-1 morning-line choice Wednesday for the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Pletcher, looking for his first win in a Triple Crown race, also has the second favorite in Sunriver. Winner of the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park on May 20, Sunriver was 4-1. Steppenwolfer, the third-place Derby finisher, was 9-2.

Bluegrass Cat will leave from the No. 9 post in the 1-mile race. The colt will be ridden by John Velazquez.

BELMONT POST POSITION, ODDS


The field for Saturday's 138th Belmont Stakes, with post position, horse's name, jockey's name and odds:


1. Platinum Couple..............J.Espinoza..............30-1


2. Sunriver..............Bejarano..............4-1


3. Hemingway's Key..............Rose..............15-1


4. Bob and John..............Gomez..............5-1


5. High Finance..............Coa..............12-1


6. Oh So Awesome..............Smith..............20-1


7. Deputy Glitters ..............Prado..............15-1


8. Jazil..............Jara..............10-1


9. Bluegrass Cat..............Velazquez..............3-1


10 Double Galore..............Luzzi..............30-1


11. Steppenwolfer..............Albarado..............9-2


12. Sacred Light..............V.Espinoza..............15-1


Trainers (by post position): 1, Joe Lostritto. 2. Todd Pletcher. 3. Nick Zito. 4. Bob Baffert. 5. Rick Violette. 6. Jimmy Jerkens. 7. Tom Albertrani. 8. Kiaran McLaughlin. 9. Todd Pletcher. 10. Myung Kwon Cho. 11. Dan Peitz. 12. David Hofmans.


Owners (by post position): 1. Team Tristar Stable. 2. Aaron and Marie Jones. 3. Kinsman Stable. 4. Stonerside Stable. 5. West Point Stable. 6. Team Valor Stables LLC. 7. Joseph Lacombe Stable, Inc. 8, Shadwell Farm LLC. 9. WinStar Farm LLC. 10. Myung Kwon Cho. 11. Lawana at Rbert Low. 12. Anerman Racing Stables LLC.


Race facts: Weights: 126 pounds. Distance: 1 miles. Purse: $1 million. First place: $600,000. Second place: $200,000. Third place: $110,000. Fourth place: $60,000. Fifth place: $30,000. Post time: 6:35 p.m.