Who Is Running in the 2017 Belmont Stakes?

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Though many of the favorites dropped out of this year's Belmont Stakes, these twelve great horses will still be running. 

The Triple Crown is made up of three races -- the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes. At a mile and a half, the Belmont is by far the longest of the three races, and it is not uncommon for trainers to scratch their horses from the race if the grueling pace of the Triple Crown trail proves to be too much.

This year's Belmont is no exception. After Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Preakness winner Cloud Computing both pulled out of the Belmont Stakes, all eyes turned to Breeder's Cup Juvenile champion Classic Empire. But then trainer Mark Casse told Blood Horse corespondent Alicia Wincze Hughes that Classic Empire won't be running either, due to a hoof abscess.

So who is running in the final leg of the Triple Crown? Here are the current Belmont Stakes horses and trainers, in post position order:

  1. Twisted Tom, Chad C. Brown
  2. Tapwrit, Todd A. Pletcher
  3. Gormley, John A. Shirreffs
  4. J Boys Echo, Dale L. Romans
  5. Hollywood Handsome, Dallas Stewart
  6. Lookin At Lee, Steven A. Asmussen
  7. Irish War Cry, H. Graham Motion
  8. Senior Investment, Kenneth G. McPeek
  9. Meantime, Brian A. Lynch
  10. Multiplier, Brendan P. Walsh
  11. Epicharis (JPN), Kiyoshi Hagiwara
  12. Patch, Todd A. Pletcher

The current favorite of the field is Irish War Cry, who has been lucky enough to draw the number seven post position. Nine of the 16 Belmont Stakes winners from 2001 on have broken from post position seven or beyond. This may be because the starting gate for the Belmont Stakes is stationed only three-sixteenths of a mile from the clubhouse turn, making it the shortest run to the first turn in any Triple Crown race, and making it particularly difficult for horses breaking from inside post positions.

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One eye wonder, PATCH!

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Patch, the one-eyed horse who stole the hearts of horse people everywhere before his first Triple Crown experience in the Derby, will also be running. Since Patch is missing his left eye, and he pulled the furthest outside post position in the Derby, he was unable to see any other horses when he broke from the gate in that race.

He once again drew the furthest outside position, but who knows -- in the Belmont it could work in his favor!

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The race takes place on Saturday June 10, and Belmont Stakes post time is 6:50 p.m. eastern time. Be sure to tune in; with the scratching of so many favorites, this year's Belmont can truly be anybody's race.

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Who Is Running in the 2017 Belmont Stakes?