The 151st running of the Belmont Stakes is just days away! While hailed as the third and final jewel in the Triple Crown™, the 2019 Belmont Stakes will not feature a treble threat with 2019 Kentucky Derby® winner Country House not running in the Preakness Stakes. However, War of Will, the 2019 Preakness Stakes winner, is likely to run in the 2019 Belmont Stakes along with many other accomplished horses.
With this year's field now taking shape, the list of possible contenders is nothing short of impressive:
War of Will
After being bumped several times by Maximum Security, the disqualified winner of the 2019 Kentucky Derby, War of Will had something to prove in the 2019 Preakness Stakes.
All eyes have been on War of Will since his win at the 2019 Preakness Stakes on May 18th. When asked about the likelihood of seeing War of Will race in the Belmont Stakes, trainer, Mark Casse, said, “I would say there’s an extremely good shot we’ll be there.”
Afleet Alex was the last horse to lose the Kentucky Derby and go on to win both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Will War of Will end the drought and make a streak out of his fresh win by coming in first at the 2019 Belmont Stakes?
Master Fencer has come a long way from home to make a name for himself. A Japanese-bred son of Just A Way, Master Fencer traveled 6,600 miles to run in the 145th Kentucky Derby. As a result of Maximum Security's disqualification, Master Fencer placed 6th in the 'Run for the Roses.'
Although the three-year-old colt didn't compete in the Preakness Stakes; he remained in Kentucky to train for a bid at Belmont Park. Regarding Master Fencer's performance in the Derby and the preparation for the Belmont Stakes, assistant trainer Yosuke Kono said, “Because of his shipping from Japan to Churchill Downs, it took a while to regain strength. He lost a lot of weight... I felt that his stride has changed in a good way and it has become longer.”
— Belmont Stakes (@BelmontStakes) May 27, 2019
Now that Master Fencer has had time to settle from long journey, will he cross the finish line first at the 2019 Belmont Stakes?
Similar to his competitors, Tacitus has had a successful year with the help of Hall of Famer trainer, Bill Mott.
After the disqualification of Maximum Security, Tacitus finished the Kentucky Derby in third place. Tacitus also has the 2019 Tampa Bay Derby and 2019 Wood Memorial titles underneath his belt.
Mott is a legendary trainer with many historic win on his resume — including a 2010 Belmont Stakes win with Drosselmeyer. If Tacitus races in the 2019 Belmont Stakes, will he improve his third-place Derby result and cross the finish line first?
— Belmont Stakes (@BelmontStakes) May 26, 2019
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