The final leg of the Triple Crown takes place Saturday over 1 1/2 miles, the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
Eight runners have been entered and the morning-line favorite is Essential Quality, who failed to deliver as the chalk in the Kentucky Derby.
In fact, the top three betting choices in the Kentucky Derby are back for the Belmont with Rock Your World and Hot Rod Charlie also entered in the “Test of the Champion.”
The race can be viewed on NBC. Coverage begins on NBCSN from 3-5 p.m. ET and continues on NBC itself from 5-7 p.m. ET. The race will go off at approximately 6:49 p.m. ET.
Before touching on the preview show, there was major Triple Crown news on Wednesday. The split-sample for Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit came back positive, too. Churchill Downs announced trainer Bob Baffert has been suspended for two years because of the infraction.
Whether Medina Spirit remains the winner of the 2021 Run for the Roses has to be in doubt after the positive test results. Expect a legal battle to continue.
Flash and Brian Zipse analyze the final leg of the Triple Crown below. Flash and Zipse discuss how the major threats in the Belmont all had a rough go in the Derby, especially Rock Your World. And don’t forget Rombauer, who comes off a Preakness victory at 11-1.
Rombauer has failed to handle Essential Quality in two races, so the question is whether he has moved forward enough to turn the tables on Essential Quality.