Field Uncertain For 2010 Belmont

Walker DanielsCorrespondent IMay 17, 2010

BALTIMORE - MAY 15:  The pack leaves the gate to start the 135th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 15, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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After a disappointing betting run at the Preakness Stakes this past weekend, the hype and excitement surrounding Super Saver as a possible Triple Crown winner in 2010 has ended.

Jockey Calvin Borel and his Thoroughbred placed sixth in the 12-horse field, falling flat out of the gate before being overcome by several in a pack that eventually stymied Super Saver from gaining any steam to catch up to the lead.

The finish will make it 32 straight years since a horse was able to capture horse racing’s most coveted prize, and certainly will have a damper effect on the upcoming Belmont Stakes race later this season. Affirmed was the last to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.

Even more disappointing horse betting news in regards to looking ahead to the 2010 Belmont Stakes is that this year’s Preakness Stakes' winner will also not take part in the race.

A favorite at the Kentucky Derby earlier in the month, Lookin At Lucky drew the unfortunate post-position by the inside rail, and could not overcome a rough start under the harsh track conditions, falling back in to the field for a disappointing finish.

Trainer Bob Baffert’s horse won the race at Pimlico Race Track this past weekend by three quarters of a length, giving him his fifth Preakness victory, good for second-most all-time. Baffert made the decision just hours before the race that little-known jockey Nick Garcia would race his Thoroughbred, rather than veteran rider Garrett Gomez. The result was a problem-free race, a bounce back that was in part due to the better fortune of drawing the number-seven post.

This was just the second Triple Crown race of Garcia’s career, after he rode Conveyance at Churchill Downs two weeks ago. Belmont Stakes would likely have made it three straight, but after the race it was announced that Lookin At Lucky is not going to compete in the final leg of the 2010 Triple Crown.

Now with Borel’s dream of a potential Triple Crown dead, and the news that the horse that spoiled it will not run, the attention turns to the 142nd running of the Belmont betting Stakes before the Champions League final betting .

It will be at least a couple of weeks before the field shapes up for this year’s event. The full field for the Preakness Stakes wasn’t determined until the final days leading up to the race, and that will likely be the case again for this run. Last year’s winner, Summer Bird, finished two and ¾ lengths ahead of second after Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra was no committed to the race. The result was improbable, as have been those of the first two legs of horse racing’s crown jewel in 2010.

Now, with a field that will not feature Lookin At Lucky, and with Super Saver looking only average at Pimlico, the surprise that should come with this year’s Belmont Stakes will make for some difficult online sports betting decisions, and perhaps once more, an improbable victory for those who made the right choice.