Ladies and gentlemen we are getting closer and closer to the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes!
The Racing Office has put together a stellar weekend card for us. On Friday, June 04, 2021, we start off with a $1.9 million card to kick things off. There are five stakes races, with four of them being graded events. Let's have a preview of what's to come, shall we?
The $150K Tremont Stakes — 5 1/2 furlongs, Dirt, Two-year-olds. Post Time is 1:54 PM ET.
OVERBORE from the Ward Wesley stable exits a nose-defeat last time out at the MSW 100k level over the turf. The son of SPEIGHTSTOWN switches back to dirt and gets Joel Rosario back on the saddle. LITTLE DRAMA broke his Maiden here at Belmont Park by five lengths at the MSW 90k level for trainer Steve Asmussen. He took the field gate to wire and could use his early zip to do it again. He's got Kendrick Carmouche back for the task. TRUST OUR JOURNEY for trainer DAVID CARLOS also exits a frontrunning victory at Gulfstream Park last month. The son of AMERICAN PHAROAH adds to the list of speedsters and gets Paco Lopez back onboard.
The $300K True North Stakes (G2) — 6 1/2 furlongs, Dirt, Four-year-olds and upward. Post Time is 4:07 PM ET.
FIRENZE FIRE won this race in 2020 and is back, breaking from the rail for trainer Kelly J Breen. He exits a win in the Runhappy Stakes (G3) and has never been worse than second in 7 of 9 tries at Belmont Park, so look out! FLAGSTAFF is seeking his third graded stakes win in a row for trainer John Sadler. The son of SPEIGHTSTOWN is in top form, making his Belmont Park debut with jockey Luis Saez on the saddle. WICKED TRICK from the sixth-slot hails from the Linda Rice barn. He was last seen running second in the Westchester Stakes (G3) contested at a mile. He shortens up in distance and gets jockey Jose Lezcano back aboard.
The $300K Bed o' Roses Stakes (G3) — 7 furlongs, Dirt. Fillies and Mares, Four-year-olds and upward. Post Time is 4:40 PM ET.
CHUB WAGON for trainer Preciado Guadalupe will go for her seventh consecutive victory, as she makes her Belmont Park debut with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. back on board. The daughter of HEY CHUB fired a 4F bullet at Parx on May 28th, going :44.6, the fastest of 15 works at that distance. LAKE AVENUE will break from the rail for trainer Bill Mott. The daughter of TAPIT finished fourth in Ruffian Stakes (G2) as the $1.30 to win favorite, and will try a shorter distance with jockey Junior Alvarado piloting her.
The $750K New York Stakes (G2) — 1 1/4 miles, Turf, Fillies and Mares, Four-year-olds and upward. Post Time is 5:15 PM ET.
HARVEY'S LIL GOIL breaks from post-position five for trainer Bill Mott, and will be ridden by Junior Alvarado. She won the Beaugay Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park last time out, and is now stretching 1.5 furlongs more for this event. MEAN MARY breaks from the seventh-slot for trainer Graham Motion, and will be ridden by Luis Saez. The daughter of SCAT DADDY does her best running on the front end and will try to run this field off their feet. She won her comeback race, the Galorette (G3) in gate-to-wire fashion, and now makes her second start since her layoff. MY SISTER NAT makes her second start of her 2021 season for trainer Chad Brown. The daughter of ACCLAMATION was six-wide in the Sheepshead Bay Stakes (G2) when she finished fourth. She's reunited with regular rider Jose Ortiz, who rode her to 1 win and 4 seconds in 6 total tries.
The $400K Belmont Gold Cup Stakes (G2) — 2 miles, Turf, Post Time is 5:48 PM ET.
ZIYAD breaks from post position three for trainer Graham Motion, and will be ridden by Manuel Franco. The son of ROCK OF GIBRALTAR was last seen finishing sixth in the Man O War Stakes (G1) last time out. He'll try to return to his winning ways; he was a Grade 2 winner in France back in 2020. AJOURNEYTOFREEDOM for trainer Michael Maker breaks from the outside post, with Joel Rosario in the saddle. The son of Hard Spun makes his second start off a layoff. He's in top form, having achieved a new top speed figure from his previous race. CONVICTION TRADE for trainer Michael Maker could make things interesting. He finished fourth last time out in a top Allowance race at Keeneland, with major gusto, despite having to be three-wide on the first turn and also through the backside, plus having to rally five-wide in stretch. Note that the runner-up in that race, stepped up a level next time out, and came out the winner.