2016 Belmont Stakes Preview

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on May 26, 2016, 11:05:00 AM
While American racing fans will have to wait another year for a potential tilt at a Triple Crown bid following Exaggerator’s victory over Nyquist in the Preakness Stakes, the former’s inclusion in the Belmont Stakes will still make it a must-see event.

Following a second-placed finish to Nyquist at the Kentucky Derby, Exaggerator turned the tables on the Doug O’Neill-trained three-year-old at Pimlico to exact revenge for four straight losses previously. As we head towards the third and final leg of the Triple Crown, Exaggerator goes in to the Belmont Stakes full of confidence.


When evaluating the main players in the Belmont Stakes, make no mistake about it; race favorite Exaggerator is the horse to beat. While ultimately coming up short in the Derby, his strength and timing proved telling when claiming victory in the Preakness Stakes. His preferred method of coming off the pace in the latter stages of the race with a sustained rally has proved fruitful for Exaggerator in his three-year-old season, and we can expect to see something similar in the final stages of the Belmont.

Exaggerator’s trainer, Keith Desormeaux will do a magnificent job in getting the horse ready for the mile-and-a-half race. The horse has the added bonus of having a three-week layover between the Preakness and the Belmont, versus two after the Kentucky Derby®, so expect that to be telling.


In what is the third and final leg of the Triple Crown, Exaggerator and Lani are the only two horses in the field to have competed in the previous two. Lani’s form has been indifferent to say the least. A solid showing of fifth place in the Preakness Stakes suggests he is heading in the right direction, but on paper, this looks a stretch too far.

Suddenbreakingnews looks like the most obvious contender away from the race favorite. Trainer Donnie Von Hemel’s decision to skip race two of the Triple Crown in favor of the Belmont, was, in his eyes, “the best thing for the horse”. His freshness coming into the race suggests he has every chance, and if anybody is to beat Exaggerator, expect Suddenbreakingnews to be right up there.

What to know about Belmont Park:  Situated in Elmont, NY., this mile-and-a-half main track is the largest dirt thoroughbred track in North America. Nicknamed the ‘Big Sandy’, the course record is held by Secretariat, who posted a time of 2:24.00 in 1973.

Since 1978, the course has seen the Triple Crown bid on the line 14 times. Last year, it took the imperious American Pharoah to end the 37-year Triple Crown drought in front of a rapturous 90,000 racing fans.


Can Exaggerator go back-to-back? Don’t miss Belmont’s signature race and the final jewel in the Triple Crown.

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Positioned above the finish line and the Winner’s Circle, our Silver package provides the perfect vantage point from which to survey the closing stretch from the second-floor clubhouse. This too includes exclusive Full-Service In-Track Hospitality inside The Diamond Room at the North Shore Terrace.


Topics: Belmont Stakes

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