For the first time since 2001, there will not be a Triple Crown possibility going into the Belmont Stakes, as Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo was unable to win the Preakness, defeated by Afleet Alex. Afleet Alex was favored in both the Derby and Preakness, and trainer Tim Ritchey has already committed to sending him to New York to contest the 1 1/2 miles at Belmont Park, where he is likely to be the favorite yet again. Ritchey said that he would not enter only if Afleet Alex sustained an injury from the bumping incident with Scrappy T. "We'll have to monitor him for at least three or four days," Ritchey said the day after the Preakness. "What concerns me is muscle injuries, because he was contorted in a way that horses aren't meant to be. But he walked perfect today."
Here is the current list of horses planning to start in the Belmont. This should change a lot over the next week as trainers decide who to send. Click the horse's name to see a profile with lots of information, stats, and a photo where available. A star by the dosage indicates a dual qualifier.
Triple Crown quick links:
- Belmont Contender Past Performances - free from DRF
- Belmont Media Guide - from NYRA in PDF format. Includes all kinds of interesting stats plus charts for all the previous runnings
- Preakness Results - Afleet Alex survives a near fall to win over Scrappy T and Giacomo.
- Preakness Photo Tour
- Free Preakness Past Performances - from DRF, available the evening of June 9
- Kentucky Derby Results
- Kentucky Derby Photo Tour
- Belmont Weather Forecasts
- Free Preakness Video Replay - from MSNBC
- Belmont News - from NYRA
- Triple Crown Mania - from Blood Horse
- Belmont Special - from DRF
- Thoroughbred Times Triple Crown Special
- Triple Crown Trail prep race schedule with results updated weekly
- Triple Crown Trivia Quiz - test your knowledge of the Derby, Preakness, and Belmont and compete with others.
- Triple Crown Index - the master list with even more info
|Afleet Alex||Tim Ritchey||2.11 *||Jeremy Rose|
|Andromeda's Hero||Nick Zito||2.78||Rafael Bejarano|
|A.P. Arrow||D. Wayne Lukas||3.80||Jose Valdivia Jr.|
|Buzzards Bay||Jeff Mullins||1.50||Mark Guidry|
|Chekhov||Patrick Biancone||2.69||Gary Stevens|
|Don't Get Mad||Ron Ellis||2.27||Tyler Baze|
|Giacomo||John Shirreffs||4.33||Mike Smith|
|Indy Storm||Nick Zito||2.25||Edgar Prado|
|Nolan's Cat||Dale Romans||2.14||undecided|
|Pinpoint||Nick Zito||2.47||Rafael Bejarano|
|Reverberate||Sal Russo||1.11||Jose Santos|
|Sort It Out||Bob Baffert||1.67||Brice Blanc|
|Southern Africa||Michael Puhich||3.00||Jon Court|
|Watchmon||Patrick Reynolds||1.67||Jose Santos|