Prospective fields listed for Belmont Stakes weekend races

June 01, 2018 03:46pm
The New York Racing Association on Friday listed the prospective fields for 18 stakes worth $9.4 million in purses comprising the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. Of course, the action next weekend all leads up to the 2018 Belmont Stakes and Justify's bid to become America's 13th Triple Crown winner.

Courtesy of NYRA, here's a look at the probable and possible contenders for races such as the Met Mile, Acorn and Ogden Phipps, among many other staples on a weekend that in recent years has resembled a mini-Breeders' Cup.


Grade 3, $200,000 Intercontinental 
Probable: Always Thinking (Tom Albertrani); Delectation (Wesley Ward); Faypien (Bob Baffert); Heavenly Score (John Terranova); I'm Betty G (Mike Maker); La Sardane (Neil Drysdale); Lady Alexandra (Graham Motion); Stormy Victoria (Christophe Clement); Thundering Sky (George Weaver)
Possible: Union Strike (Mick Ruis) 

Grade 3, $200,000 Wonder Again 
Probable: Altea (Chad Brown); Andina Del Sur (Albertrani); Armoricaine (Christophe Ferland); Camila Princess (Oscar Gonzalez); Daddy is a Legend (Weaver); La Signare (Brian Lynch); Layla Noor (Arnaud Delacour); Mighty Scarlett (C. Brown); Significant Form (C. Brown)
Possible: Animosity (Patrick Gallagher); Terrabyte (Terranova)

$150,000 Astoria 
Probable: Athens Queen (Ward); Gallanor (Phil Schoenthal); Lady Apple (Steve Asmussen); Six Pack Gal (Mike Machowsky); Tijori (Simon Callaghan); Wonder Stone (Ward)


Grade 2, $600,000 New York 
Probable: Daddy's Lil Darling (Kenny McPeek); Empressof the Nile (H. James Bond); Esquisse (Motion); Fahan Mura (Vladimir Cerin); Fourstar Crook (C. Brown); Holy Helena (Jimmy Jerkens); Mom's On Strike (Joe Sharp); Sistercharlie (C. Brown); Snowy Winter (Archie Watson)

Grade 2, $400,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational
Probable: Bronson (Maker); Call Provision (C. Brown); Call to Mind (William Haggas); Canessar (Delacour); Funny Kid (Ferland); Nessy (Ian Wilkes); Postulation (Edward Graham); Prince of Arran (Charlie Fellows); Rocketry (Jerkens); Run Time (Maker)
Possible: Arklow (Brad Cox) 

Grade 2, $250,000 True North 
Probable: Bobby Abu Dhabi (Peter Miller); Imperial Hint (Luis Carvajal, Jr.); Joking (Charlie Baker); Limousine Liberal (Ben Colebrook); Recruiting Ready (Horacio DePaz); Westwood (Kiaran McLaughlin); Whitmore (Ron Moquett)
Possible: Always Sunshine (Edward Allard) 

Grade 3, $250,000 Bed o' Roses Invitational 
Probable: American Gal (Callaghan); Divine Miss Grey (Danny Gargan); Lewis Bay (C. Brown); Yorkiepoo Princess (Eddie Barker); 
Possible: Cairenn (Motion); Highway Star (Ubillo); Union Strike (Ruis); Your Love (C. Brown)

$150,000 Tremont 
Probable: Girls Love Me (Anthony Farrior); Mae Never No (filly) (Ward); Our Braintrust (Cal Lynch); Outshine (Todd Pletcher); Sir Truebadour (Asmussen); Social Fan (Pletcher); Sombeyay (Pletcher)


Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, presented by NYRA Bets 
Probable: Blended Citizen (Doug O'Neill); Bravazo (D. Wayne Lukas); Free Drop Billy (Dale Romans); Gronkowski (Chad Brown); Hofburg (Bill Mott); Justify (Bob Baffert); Noble Indy (Todd Pletcher); Restoring Hope (Baffert); Seahenge (Aidan O'Brien); Tenfold (Steve Asmussen); Vino Rosso (Pletcher) 
Possible: Bandua (Dermot Weld) 

Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap 
"Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile Division

Probable: Awesome Slew (Casse); Bee Jersey (Asmussen); Bolt d'Oro (Ruis); Good Samaritan (Mott); McCraken (Wilkes); Mind Your Biscuits (Chad Summers); Ransom the Moon (Phil D'Amato); Warrior's Club (Lukas)
Possible: Discreet Lover (Uriah St. Lewis)

Grade 1, $1 million Woodford Reserve Manhattan
Probable: Alexios Komnenos (James Stack); Beach Patrol (C. Brown); Channel Maker (Mott); Hi Happy (Pletcher); Lucullan (McLaughlin); Manitoulin (Jimmy Toner); Multiplier (Peter Miller); One Go All Go (Charles Dickey); Sadler's Joy (Albertrani); Spring Quality (Motion)
Possible: Arklow (Cox); Catho En Die (Naipaul Chatterpaul)

Grade 1, $700,000 Acorn, presented by Nassau County IDA
Probable: Caledonia Road (Ralph Nicks); Gio Game (Casse); Monomoy Girl (Cox); Moonshine Memories (Callaghan); Spectator (D'Amato); Starcloud (Oscar Gonzalez); Talk Veuve to Me (Rudolphe Brisset); 
Possible: Gas Station Sushi (Richard Baltas) 

Grade 1, $700,000 Longines Just A Game
Probable: A Raving Beauty (C. Brown); Cambodia (Tom Proctor); La Coronel (Casse); Lull (Clement); Off Limits (C. Brown); On Leave (Shug McGaughey); Proctor's Ledge (Brendan Walsh)

Grade 1, $750,000 Ogden Phipps
"Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup Distaff Division

Probable: Abel Tasman (Baffert); Fault (D'Amato); Ivy Bell (Pletcher); Pacific Wind (C. Brown); Unbridled Mo (Pletcher); Unchained Melody (Brian Lynch)
Possible: Berned (Motion); Farrell (Wayne Catalano)

Grade 2, $400,000 Woody Stephens, presented by Mohegan Sun
Probable: Engage (C. Brown); Givemeaminit (Dallas Stewart); Kanthaka (Jerry Hollendorfer); Madison's Luna (Philip Bauer); Pure Shot (Asmussen); Still Having Fun (Timothy Keefe); Strike Power (Mark Hennig); The Tabulator (Larry Rivelli); World of Trouble (Jason Servis)
Possible: Beautiful Shot (Keith Desormeaux) 

Grade 2, $400,000 Jaipur Invitational
"Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint Division
Probable: Blind Ambition (Pletcher); Conquest Panthera (Casse); Conquest Tsunami (Miller); Disco Partner (Clement); Frisky Magician (Jorge Abreu); Holding Gold (Casse); Pocket Change (Jason Servis); Stormy Liberal (Miller); Will Call (Cox)

Grade 2, $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational
Probable: Backsideofthemoon (Leo O'Brien); Carlino (Hennig); Giant Payday (Wilkes); Hard Study (Pletcher); Hint of Roses (Maker); Hoppertunity (Baffert); Mills (David Donk); Outplay (Pletcher); Take Your Guns (C. Brown); War Story (Jorge Navarro); Zanotti (Juan Carlos Guerrero)
Possible: Discreet Lover (St. Lewis)

$150,000 Easy Goer
Probable: Breaking the Rules (McGaughey); High North (Cox); Mask (C. Brown) Pony Up (Pletcher); Rugbyman (Motion)
Possible: Dark Vader (Peter Eurton); Givemeaminit (Stewart); Lunar Beauty (Rick Violette, Jr.); Maimo (Summers); Promises Fulfilled (Romans); The Tabulator (Rivelli)


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