Belmont Stakes Predictions: Will Irish War Cry Cash? 6/10/17

Several other Oaklawn-raced horses are scheduled to run this weekend at Belmont Park, including Whitmore in Friday's $250,000 True North Stakes (G2) for older sprinters and stablemate Petrov in Saturday's $500,000 Woody Stephens Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds. If Irish War Cry can run the way he did at the Wood Memorial back in April, winning by three and a half lengths over Preakness victor Cloud Computing, he should claim the Belmont Stakes title.

Not included in this final event for three-year-olds is the Kentucky Derby victor (Always Dreaming), the Preakness victor (Cloud Computing) and the early favorite at Belmont, Classic Empire (foot abscess).

Pletcher is quietly building his Triple Crown race resume, which now is up to five wins for a trainer who will turn 50 in less than three weeks. The final time in the 1 ½ mile race over a track rated fast was 2:30.02.

Trainers (by post position): 1, Chad Brown.

While at Fair Hill, Irish War Cry trained so well "I felt he earned a trip to the Belmont", Motion said. So, that leaves Irish War Cry as the favorite for the Belmont Stakes. NYRA, New York state and private vets have been and will continue to evaluate and provide care to the horse until his departure.

Lookin At Lee will be the only horse to run in all three Triple Crown races.

It left an 11-runner field which saw Rajiv Maragh make all the running on Irish War Cry and the pair seemed to be travelling comfortably as he galloped around the racecourse known as the "Big Sandy".

"While we are greatly disappointed for fans of Epicharis, we have to face the fact that he was not able to compete today", Hagiwara said.

Irish War Cry and Meantime set the pace for much of the race. This is his third Belmont Stakes victory; he also won with Rags to Riches in 2007 and Palace Malice in 2013. He's good at getting horses in position.

In a sport where history tends to repeat itself, a Pletcher horse got another dream trip, just as he did in Louisville with Always Dreaming on the First Saturday in May. He saddled Always Dreaming to victory in the Run for the Roses.

Out of all of these, the ones that I think might be worth a bet are Senior Investment, Tapwrit, Twisted Tom and Hollywood Handsome. Five of the past nine Belmont winners did that.

"It's been a really good year for me", Ortiz said as he hustled back to the jockeys' room to ride the two races after the Belmont Stakes.

"I always liked him and we always had a lot of faith in him", Ortiz said. Tapwrit missed the break in settling for fifth in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, then became embroiled in a rough start in the Kentucky Derby, where he did well to come home a mud-splattered sixth on the wet track at Churchill Downs.

Epicharis, thought to have a big shot to give Japan its first Belmont victor, was scratched the morning of the race when a veterinary exam revealed continued inflammation in his right front foot.

  • Zachary Reyes