The horses at the Belmont Stakes have their starting positions and few long shots are feeling better about their chances.
Getting stuck on the outside can be a death sentence for a thoroughbred’s odds, which is unfortunate for Street Life and My Adonis, who drew the No. 1 and No. 12 positions respectively.
Here are the three horses that lucked out in the draw and could turn in a surprising finish on June 9.
Atigun: Post No. 4, 30-1 odds
Trainer Ken McPeek won the Belmont Stakes in 2002 with Sarava, spoiling War Emblem’s Triple Crown.
Sarava was a long shot and so is McPeek’s current Belmont contender Atigun. Nevertheless, with a favorable draw in post No. 4, McPeek may have caught lightning in a bottle once again.
Atigun may not have the odds in its favor, but neither did I’ll Have Another going into the Kentucky Derby. If there is a thrilling upset in New York this year, Atigun has a great shot to be the star of all the drama.
Ravelo’s Boy: Post No. 6, 50-1 odds
In Ravelo’s Boy’s last race, the horse was caught on the inside track and injured its foot, according to Jim Freer of the Miami Herald.
However, that was on March 10, and Ravelo’s Boy is now fully recovered. Furthermore, the thoroughbred won’t have to worry about that happening at Belmont Park with a favorable draw in the No. 6 post.
This horse has never won a stakes race, but with a clean bill of health, it will be looking to let loose.
Five Sixteen: Post No. 7, 50-1 odds
The horse coming out of gate No. 7 has won the Belmont Stakes in three of the last five years.
Even though Five Sixteen is a long shot facing daunting odds, seven may just be its lucky number. The inside position will be a huge help for this horse.
This is the best draw a horse could pull and if there is one long shot to bet on, Five Sixteen is it.