Who joins War of Will in the Belmont Stakes? Field shapes up

May 19, 2019 09:40am

There will be no Triple Crown on the line in the June 8 Belmont Stakes, but some top members of the current 3-year-old crop are expected nonetheless to join Preakness Stakes winner War of Will in the classic race at 1 1/2 miles.

Probable

 Trainer Dale Romans will likely go on to the Belmont with Everfast, who closed for second in the Preakness.

 Tacitus, fourth across the wire and placed third in the Kentucky Derby, returned to the work tab over the weekend.

 Master Fencer, the Japan-bred who ran sixth in the Derby with a late rally, is back to training at Keeneland.

 Sir Winston is, as with War of Will, trained by Mark Casse. He exits a closing second in the Peter Pan (G3), a local Belmont prep.

 Intrepid Heart, a half-brother of Commissioner, ran third in the Peter Pan after some trouble leaving the gate.

So, that makes six. And there’s an even larger number of horses who could join with the race still three weeks out.

Possible

 Brad Cox, who conditions Owendale, said Sunday morning he “won’t completely rule out” the race for third-place Owendale.

 Bob Baffert-trained Game Winner remains at Churchill Downs after running fifth in the Derby with an exceedingly wide trip.

 Global Campaign, the Peter Pan winner, is another possibility, but whose connections are more so eyeing the Travers (G1) later this summer.

 Plus Que Parfait, eighth in the Derby, and Tax, 14th, are said to be in the mix. The latter could also wait until July’s Belmont Derby (G1) on turf.

 Bourbon War could still get a shot. He exited a flat eighth in the Preakness without issues.

Out

 Signalman, who was ninth at Pimlico, was expected to go on to the Belmont. But trainer Kenny McPeek announced Sunday his colt bled and will receive time off.

 

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