There are other races going on this Saturday, including two stakes at Belmont Park.
Trainer Chad Brown looks to have a good charge in the Fort Marcy Stakes and Westchester Stakes as his runners have been well-backed at the sportsbook.
It should be a great day of racing in New York and it’s not all about the Kentucky Derby.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Horse racing odds for Belmont Stakes. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Rockemperor Solid Pick in Fort Marcy
The Brown-trained Rockemperor is a quality 6-year-old and he demands ultimate respect in the Fort Marcy Stakes.
The son of Holy Roman Emperor won the Grade I Joe Hirsch Turf Classic in October before meeting tough opposition in the Breeders’ Cup Turf and Hollywood Turf Cup.
We’re prepared to forgive those efforts and he’s facing a much easier field in the $200,000 contest at Belmont.
Being back at Belmont, where he won the Joe Hirsch, could make all the difference for Rockemperor.
“The horse is more used to being trained at home and not away from his home base, so I’m going to draw a line through that race even though he didn’t run terrible,” Brown told Daily Racing Form. “He’s a horse that runs really good fresh, so he seems lined up to put a good effort in right off the bat.”
Horse racing odds have the favorite at +350 and he should prove tough to beat. However, stablemate Sacred Life could pose a threat.
The 7-year-old gets the addition of blinkers, which can often be enough to see a form reversal after his fourth in the Muniz Memorial Classic.
“I don’t normally make any changes with older horses like him, but I am going to put some blinkers on him,” Brown said. “I’m hoping that gives a better early position.”
Sacred Life has support in betting markets, but we expect Rockemperor to be the hardest to beat in the feature race of the day at Belmont.
Pick: Rockemperor +350
Sound Money To Test Westchester Favourite
The current 1-1 favorite for the Westchester Stakes is Cody’s Wish, but the Brown-trained Sound Money could live up to his name.
The 4-year-old colt owns two wins from his last three starts and his last-start win at Aqueduct had plenty of quality about it.
He’s a son of Flatter who has been specked at each-way odds and Cody’s Wish could be slightly under the odds.
The William Mott-trained son of Curlin has the right connections, but he has yet to win from four starts and this isn’t an easy race.
Cody’s Wish does have experience running in the Grade III Challenger Stakes where he finished second behind Scalding, but his lack of winning form could see Sound Money getting the money.
Betting online markets have Sound Money at +150 and those odds are worth taking.