Led by the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) on Saturday June 8, the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival features 18 stakes over three days including eight Grade 1 races.
A field of 8 to 10 runners is pointing toward the third jewel of the Triple Crown including Preakness Stakes (G1) winner War of Will and Tacitus, the Wood Memorial (G2) winner who was third in the Kentucky Derby (G1).
The $1.2 million Metropolitan Mile (G1) is drawing one of the deepest fields over the three days of action. There are six Grade 1 winners pointing toward the race including Thunder Snow, McKinzie and Mitole.
Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will feature special two-day Pick 6
A special two-day Pick-6 wager, with a $0.20 minimum bet featuring stakes races scheduled for Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8, concluding with the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, will be offered during this year’s Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.
Beginning Thursday, June 6 through Saturday June 8, the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival now in its fifth year includes 18 stakes races over three days highlighted by an unprecedented eight Grade 1 races on Belmont Stakes Day Saturday, June 8.
Full advance wagering on the Belmont Stakes Day card will be available starting on Friday, June 7.
With a 15 percent takeout and a mandatory payout, the two-day Belmont Stakes Festival Pick 6 wager will begin on Friday and conclude on Saturday with the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, the ‘Test of the Champion’ for 3-year-olds.
Friday, June 7:
$500,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 begins on Race 8
Saturday, June 8:
$500,000 Guaranteed Pick 5 begins on Race 1
$500,000 Guaranteed Pick 6 beings on Race 6
$1.5 million Guaranteed Pick 4 begins on Race 8
Two-day Daily Double Guaranteed Wagers (June 7-8)
$100,000 Guaranteed New York Stakes – Runhappy Metropolitan
$300,000 Guaranteed Belmont Gold Cup – Belmont Stakes
Saturday Stakes Probables
Saturday, June 8: The Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets
Probable: Everfast (Dale Romans), Intrepid Heart (Todd Pletcher), Master Fencer (Koichi Tsunoda), Sir Winston (Mark Casse), Spinoff (Todd Pletcher), Tacitus (Bill Mott), Tax (Danny Gargan), War of Will (Mark Casse)
Possible: Joevia (Greg Sacco)
Saturday, June 8: The Grade 1, $1 million Manhattan
Probable: Bricks and Mortar (Chad Brown), Channel Cat (Pletcher), Channel Maker (Bill Mott), Olympico (Chad Brown), Qurbaan (Kiaran McLaughlin), Raging Bull (Chad Brown), Robert Bruce (Chad Brown)
Possible: Arklow (Brad Cox)
Saturday, June 8: The Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan
Probable: Coal Front (Todd Pletcher), Firenze Fire (Jason Servis), Mitole (Steve Asmussen), McKinzie (Bob Baffert), Pavel (Doug O’Neill) Promises Fulfilled (Dale Romans), Thunder Snow (Saeed bin Suroor)
Saturday, June 8: The Grade 1, $700,000 Ogden Phipps
Probable: Come Dancing (Carlos Martin), Electric Forest (Brown), Escape Clause (Don Schnell), Midnight Bisou (Steve Asmussen), Mopotism (Doug O’Neill), Pacific Wind (Brown)
Saturday, June 8: The Grade 1, $700,000 Acorn
Probable: Bell’s the One (Neil Pessin), Cookie Dough (McLaughlin), Guarana (Chad Brown), Jeltrin (Alexis Delgado), Proud Emma (Peter Miller), Queen of Beas (Jorge Abreu), Serengeti Empress (Tom Amoss)
Saturday, June 8: The Grade 1 $700,000 Longines Just a Game
Probable: Beau Recall (Brad Cox), Bellavais (Todd Pletcher), Daddy Is a Legend (George Weaver), Environs (Chad Brown), Got Stormy (Mark Casse), Precieuse (Chad Brown), Rushing Fall (Chad Brown)
Saturday, June 8: The Grade 1, $400,000 Jaipur Invitational
Probable: Bound for Nowhere (Wesley Ward), Dirty (Jeremiah Englehart) Disco Partner (Christophe Clement), Undrafted (Wesley Ward), World of Trouble (Jason Servis)
Saturday, June 8: The Grade 1, $400,000 Woody Stephens
Probable: Mind Control (Greg Sacco), Wendell Fong (Jeremiah Englehart)
Possible: Mucho Gusto (Bob Baffert)
Saturday June 8: The Grade 2 $400,000 Woodford Reserve Brooklyn Invitational
Probable: Campaign (John Sadler), Marconi (Todd Pletcher), Rocketry (Jimmy Jerkens)
Saturday, June 8: $150,000 Easy Goer
Probable: Dream Maker (Mark Casse), Last Judgement (Todd Pletcher), Nolo Contesto (John Sadler),
Possible: Mucho Gusto (Bob Baffert)
Friday Stakes Probables
Friday, June 7: The Grade 3, $250,000 Bed o’ Roses
Probable: Chalon (Arnaud Delacour), Dawn the Destroyer (Kiaran McLaughlin), Heavenhasmynikki (Bob Hess), Marley’s Freedom (Bob Baffert), Mia Mischief (Steve Asmussen), Pacific Gale (John Kimmel), Separationofpowers (Chad Brown)
Friday, June 7: The Grade 2, $600,000 New York
Probable: Competitionofideas (Chad Brown). Holy Helena (Jimmy Jerkens), Homerique (Chad Brown), Santa Monica (Chad Brown)
Friday, June 7: Grade 2, $250,000 True North
Probable: Catalina Cruiser (John Sadler)
Possible: Nicodemus (Linda Rice), Strike Power (Mark Hennig), Whitmore (Ron Moquett)
Friday, June 7: The Grade 2, $400,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational
Probable: Amade (Alessandro Botti), Canessar (Delacour), Epical (Jim Cassidy), Focus Group (Chad Brown), Highland Sky (Barclay Tagg), Hunter O’Riley (Jimmy Toner), Mootsadir (Hugo Palmer), Raa Atoll (Luke Comer), Red Knight (Bill Mott)
Possible: Arklow (Brad Cox), Thomas Hobson (Willie Mullins)