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2018 Belmont Stakes Full Field, Post Time And Odds
2018 Belmont Stakes Post Positions
In addition to a possible Triple Crown for Justify, or a Belmont Stakes title for any of the other contenders, the field will be racing for a total purse of $1.5 million, with $800,000 to the winner. The toughest of the three Triple Crown races, the Belmont is run at a gruelling 1 1/2 miles on the Belmont Park dirt track.
Here a look at the how the field will line up, with their previous race record. Odds courtesy of Bovada's online racebook.
#1 - Justify (4-5)
Record: 5 starts, 5 wins - He had to work for it, but last out he prevailed by 1/2 length in the (G1) Preakness Stakes after winning the (G1) Kentucky Derby by 2 1/2. He had prepped for Kentucky by winning the (G1) Santa Anita Derby.
#2 - Free Drop Billy (40-1)
Record: 9 starts, 2 wins, 3 second, 2 third - Was last seen running third in the Kentucky Derby. Prior to that he was third in thr (G2) Blue Grass Stakes and third inthe (G3) Gotham Stakes.
#3 - Bravazo (15-2)
Record: 10 starts, 3 wins, 2 seconds, 1 third - Came charging late to get the runner-up spot to Justify in Preakness, after finishing sixth in the Kentucky Derby. Won the (G2) Risen Star Stakes back in February.
#4 - Hofburg (9-2)
Record: 4 starts, 1 win, 1 second - Lightly raced colt was seventh in the Kentucky Derby after finishing as runner-up in the (G1) Florida Derby in late March. His sire is Tapit, who has produced three of the past four Belmont Stakes winners, including 2017 winner Tapwrit.
#5 - Restoring Hope (33-1)
Record: 5 starts, 1 win, 1 second, 2 thirds - Justify's trainer Bob Baffert also has this one in the race. Last out he was 12th in the (G3) Pat Day Mile, after finishing third in the (G2) Wood Memorial.
#6 - Gronkowski (25-1)
Record: 6 starts, 4 wins, 1 second - American-bred colt has done all his racing in the UK, where he qualified for the Kentucky Derby by winning the Burradon Stakes but was scratched out of the Derby with a minor injury.
#7 - Tenfold (11-1)
Record: 4 starts, 2 wins 1 third - Last out got up for third in the Preakness, just a neck back of Bravazo. Prior to that he was fifth in the (G1) Arkansas Derby.
#8 - Vino Rosso (9-1)
Record: 6 starts, 3 wins 1 third - Was ninth in the Kentucky Derby after winning the (G2) Wood Memorial. Was fourth in the (G2) Tampa Bay Derby.
#9 - Noble Indy (33-1)
Record: 5 starts, 3 wins, 1 third - Ran 17th in the Kentucky Derby after winning the (G1) Louisiana Derby in his final Triple Crown prep. Prior to that was third in the Risen Star Stakes.
#10 - Blended Citizen (20-1)
Record: 10 starts, 3 wins, 2 thirds - Last out won the (G3) Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park. Prior to that he was fifth in the (G1) Blue Grass Stakes after winning the (G3) Jeff Ruby Steaks.
Betting the Belmont Stakes
The Belmont goes Saturday, June 9 from Belmont Park as race #11 on an excellent card that includes five other Grade 1 races. Expected post time for the Belmont is 6:45 PM Eastern.
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