Classic Empire came in second at the Preakness Stakes and fourth at the Kentucky Derby®. Owner, John C. Oxley is the president of the United State Polo Association and won the 2001 Derby with the horse Monarchos. Classic Empire was the richest Derby starter ever with over $2 million in earnings to date.
Patch is ironically a one-eyed horse who lost his left eye due to a mysterious infection. He is the only horse with one eye to ever race in any of the Triple Crown™ races. Patch’s best placement was coming in second at the Louisiana Derby this year.
Lookin At Lee was originally ridden by 2015 Triple Crown winner, Victor Espinoza but it now ridden by Corey Lanerie. He proved himself as one of the better horses of his generation in California when he came in first at the Santa Anita Derby.
J Boys Echo made his debut race at the Kentucky Derby®, where he finished in an impressive 2nd place. This came as no surprise to most people as his pedigree profile suggests that he can easily go the Derby distance based on both his sire and dam (father and mother).
Cloud Computing was the unsuspected winner of the Preakness Stakes this year and is the fourth horse in 34 years to win the Preakness without having raced in the Kentucky Derby®. Although no one anticipated Cloud Computing to win, when broken down, fans began to realize by not competing in the Kentucky Derby® he was able to get six weeks of rest before the Preakness whereas most other horses only had two.
Tapwrit came in dead last in his debut race in Saratoga, and was immediately shipped out to Gulfstream Park where trainer Todd Pletcher keeps his second-string horses. After turning things around in his 3-year-old debut, Tapwrit came in sixth place at this year’s Kentucky Derby®.
Irish War Cry was a favored winner at the 2017 Kentucky Derby®, but ended up coming in tenth place. Aside from this surprise defeat he has proven himself as good horse, winning his first three debut races. Irish War Cry’s pedigree line suggests he can withstand Belmont Parks 1.5 mile lenth, from his female line which contains stamina.
Irap stirred up the biggest shock of the year in the world of horse racing by earning himself a Derby start coming in 18th place. Competing in three races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby®, he ran well in all three, finishing second in the Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity, second in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes and fourth in the Sunland Derby.
Conquest Mo Money came in seventh place at the Preakness Stakes. Although he had enough points to compete in the Kentucky Derby®, he decided to follow the lead of Cloud Computing and save his energy for Preakness, which didn’t work out as well for him.
Epicharis is a high-class horse from Japan who was presented an invitation for a spot at the Kentucky Derby®. One position is awarded to a horse on the “Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby®” that accrues the most points and accepts an invitation to compete. Epicharis’ connections turned down this invitation and set their sights on the Belmont Stakes.
Other horses that are probable to race at Belmont Stakes include Multiplier, Twisted Tom, Senior Investment and Meantime.
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