Fourteen horses are in a New York state of mind for Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes. Never again will these horses run 12 furlongs (1 1/2 miles), but they're being asked to do it here.
The Belmont Stakes is often referred to as the "Test of a Champion," and no truer does that ring than in this field of 14.
It's Round 3 for Orb and Oxbow, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners, respectively. Yet there are new shooters, Derby runners who took five weeks off and, yes, even a lady throwing her hat into the ring for a shot at the white carnations.
What follows is a horse-by-horse analysis in reverse order of where they'll finish, according to this racetrack degenerate.
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