Horse Racing

The favorites to win the Belmont Stakes on June 5

This is certainly not taking the shape of a perfect Belmont Stakes, as neither Lookin at Lucky, the winner of the Preakness, or Super Saver, the winner of the Kentucky Derby will be making the trip to the big apple in order to participate in the third competition of the Triple Crown.

Certainly, a Belmont that doesn’t feature the winners of the previous two legs of the Crown is not very attractive, but things like this tend to happen.

But in despite of that, this year it might actually ended up being an interesting race with some good 3-year old thoroughbred horses, let’s check the most interesting ones:

Dublin: This is a horse that is currently being trained by D. Wayne Lukas, and it is the only colt that is featured this year with the chance of actually running on all 3 competitions for the Crown.

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In the first two races, Dublin managed to settle just fine off the pace, making a late move, but he certainly did not possess the necessary stamina of an accurate turn of foot to ended up hitting the board, but his 5th place at the Preakness was actually a 2-spot improvement from the Derby. As of now, he is just listed as a possible participant for the Belmont, but it would be too tempting for Lukas to leave him out.

Ice Box: This is a horse from Nick Zito, and just because of that, this is probably the favorite to win the Belmont, especially because he had been properly trained to handle the long race of 1 and a half miles. And people certainly won’t forget the outstanding closing at the Kentucky Derby, where he almost beat Super Saver but fell to the second position at the end. This time around, his trainer is expecting Ice Box to come up with the victory.

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First Dude: Even though Looking at Lucky received most of the headlines after the Preakness, this horse was certainly a big surprise also. He was able to set the pace across the race and was also able to hold down at precise moments when others such as Super Saver failed to do so.

He finished second at the end, but since he ran fantastically at that time and because his trainer has been doing his best to keep this thoroughbred in shape is that this horse is third in this list of favorites to win the 142nd edition of the Belmont Stakes.

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