Now that the Second Jewel of the Triple Crown has been claimed, we've got three weeks until the third and final one: The 153rd Belmont Stakes on June 5th, 2021.
The field will begin to take shape over the weeks to come, but we can still make some early predictions of who is in and who is out.
ROMBAUR figures to be in. Owners John Fradkin and Diane Fradkin commented during the Preakness Post-Race interviews how they initially liked their horse in the Belmont Stakes rather than the Preakness. Moreover, trainer Michael McCarthy evaluated ROMBAUR on Sunday morning and was satisfied with his colt's condition; therefore, they'll point him to Third Jewel, per DRF.
MIDNIGHT BOURBON is a potential starter. Steve Asmussen was pleased with the son of TIZNOW's effort and they will not shy away from anyone in the three-year-old division.
"He will be in consideration for all the major 3-year-old races this year," Asmussen said. "Solid horse, yesterday was the best he's ever run, and he's getting better."
MEDINA SPIRIT and CONCERT TOUR came out of the Preakness Stakes in good order but decisions on their next start have not been made. The NYRA has also temporarily suspended Bob Baffert and his employees from entering or stabling any horses at Belmont Park, Saratoga or Aqueduct.
KEEPMEINMIND for trainer Robertino DIodoro is being considered for the Belmont Stakes. The son of LAOBAN completed the superfecta in the Preakness Stakes.
Rumors have been swirling of Kentucky Oaks heroine MALATHAAT taking on the boys in the Belmont Stakes, but trainer Todd Pletcher has not made any public answers to these notions yet.
HOT ROD CHARLIE is expected to continue his preparation for the Belmont Stakes, as is BROOKLYN STRONG.
UAE Derby winner REBEL'S ROMANCE, who bypassed the Kentucky Derby, is scheduled to make an appearance for trainer Charlie Appleby. The son of Dubawi settled in at Belmont Park on Sunday.
Other horses under strong consideration, per DRF: KNOWN AGENDA, ROCK YOUR WORLD, ESSENTIAL QUALITY, and BOURBONIC.
KNOWN AGENDA suffered a troubled trip in the Kentucky Derby and could very well redeem himself in the Belmont Stakes. The Todd Pletcher trainee was hustled out of the gate, only to be shuffled back hard, giving the leaders more than a 10-12 length advantage early on. ROCK YOUR WORLD was another Kentucky Derby entrant who was compromised by an accident. He was wiped out after a bad start and had no impact on the race.
BOURBONIC should enjoy the change of scenery back to Belmont Park. Note that his sire, grandsire, and damsire were all Belmont Stakes winners. ESSENTIAL QUALITY was "the best horse" in the Kentucky Derby, according to trainer Brad Cox, and will be a formidable presence if he decides to join the fray.
Source: DRF, HorseRacingNation