Belmont Stakes Preview

by TCI 6 years ago

The time has come. Can the 36-year drought of a racing Triple Crown finally be broken Saturday? With the spotlight heavy on California Chrome’s chance at history, Jon and Joel discuss his biggest obstacles and most dangerous challengers. So, what’s in store for this year’s Test of a Champion? History, or disappointment?

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TCI Top 10

Rank Name Bris Comments
1 Wicked Strong 103 Consistency has been the issue, but he possesses the best overall profile for this race; Main threat to the Chrome Crown
2 Tonalist 107 Big-time talent with a bright future; Feet issues are concerning, and he’ll need to be much more relaxed early to win this.
3 California Chrome 106 12 furlongs separates him from history; He’s undoubtedly the best horse, but the Test of Champions distance could be daunting.
4 Medal Count 97 Very dangerous if he can fire his best race on real dirt; Style and pedigree are tailor made for the Belmont.
5 Commissioner 102 Another outsider with a big shot at 1 ½ miles; Well-bred colt had solid local prep and wants to run all day.
6 Samraat 99 Fires every time and has a good close-up, grinder style for this race; Biggest concern is whether he’s good enough.
7 Commanding Curve 101 Looks to have figured things out since his nice Derby run, but he must stay in closer contention early to have success here.
8 General a Rod 100 Probable pacesetter could grind along and take this field far; Solid stamina profile, battle tested, and back class on the lead.
9 Ride On Curlin 103 Tough campaigner enters off his best race yet, but 1 ½ miles with his female family could have him in line for a bounce. 
10 Matterhorn 100 Pletcher longshot has always shown a lot of potential, but he’s not bred as well as the other Tapit to handle 1 ½ miles.


Off: Social Inclusion, Kid Cruz
through 6/5/2014

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