With Oxbow ending Kentucky Derby winner Orb’s chances at Triple Crown glory in the Preakness, the winners of the first two jewels of racing’s Triple Crown did not scare anyone away, as a field of 14 will line up in Saturday’s $1 million Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park.
Orb was able to rally from far off the pace over a sea of slop to win the Run for the Roses, while Oxbow was able to steal the Preakness Stakes (G1) over a fast track.
Now it is on to the Belmont Stakes, known as the “Test of Champions” as none of these three-year-olds has ever traveled 1-½ miles and likely will not again after Saturday.
Mother Nature may again play a role, as there is a 60 percent chance of showers on Saturday afternoon in the Big Apple.
Here are my power rankings for the entire field for the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes.
(Morning line odds from NYRA.com.)