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Belmont Stakes 2021: Post Time, TV Schedule, Post Positions Info

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistMay 31, 2021

John Velazquez riding Medina Spirit, right, leads Florent Geroux on Mandaloun, Flavien Prat riding Hot Rod Charlie and Luis Saez on Essential Quality to win the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Jeff Roberson/Associated Press

The culmination of another Triple Crown season is set to go down with the 2021 Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

There will be no Triple Crown winner this year. Rombauer's win at the Preakness Stakes ended Medina Spirit's quest to win all three races. While it put a damper on this year's run at history, it also got Bob Baffert's horse out of the spotlight after a failed drug test post-Kentucky Derby.

None of Baffert's horses will make an appearance at Belmont Park. Instead, a nine-horse field that features tight odds and few long shots will serve to put on an intriguing race over the course of 1 ½ miles in New York.

One key piece of information has yet to be decided. Although it isn't as important as it is with a bigger field, the post position draw should have an impact on the odds. We will find out where each horse will break from on Tuesday.

Here's all the info you need to catch the race and Tuesday's post draw.

                            

Post Draw

Date: Tuesday, June 1

Time: 11 a.m. ET

TV: FS2

Stream: NYRA YouTube

                 

Belmont Horses, Post Time and Odds

Date: Saturday, June 5

Post Time: 6:49 p.m. ET

TV: NBC

Stream: NBC Sports

             

Entries and Odds

Essential Quality 3-1

Rombauer 3-1

Hot Rod Charlie 5-1

Rock Your World 7-1

Known Agenda 7-1

Rebel's Romance 14-1

Bourbonic 25-1

Overtook 25-1

France Go de Ina 40-1

Odds via Oddschecker.

              

Race Preview

Although the odds are tight, Essential Quality is entering race week with the joint-shortest odds. The Brad Cox-trained colt was among the favorites in the Kentucky Derby but finished fourth.

Previous to that, he had won five consecutive races going back to the Maiden Special Weight race at Churchill Downs in September. Cox has liked what he has seen from his colt's work since arriving in Belmont.

"It's a real positive sign when you have a work like that leading into the Belmont," he said per BloodHorse. "He's still a pretty lightly raced horse but has faced adversity in his previous races, which is good going into a Triple Crown race. I think the distance will suit him very well, being a son of Tapit."

Tapit has sired three Belmont winners: Tonalist (2014), Creator (2016) and Tapwrit (2017). Essential Quality has the makeup to make it four.

Among the other favorites are Rombauer and Hot Rod Charlie. The two colts also have a connection in experience with jockey Flavien Prat. The 28-year-old was aboard Rombauer for his Preakness win but rode Hot Rod Charlie in the Kentucky Derby.

Ryan Martin @RyanMartinNYRA

G1 Preakness winner ROMBAUER, in company with THAT QUALITY, covered a half-mile in 50.08 seconds in his final work for the Belmont Stakes https://t.co/DVX3J2Bu1d

The jockey was already committed to ride Hot Rod Charlie in the Belmont when he agreed to guide Rombauer in the Preakness.

His connections wound up with a good alternative in John Velazquez. The veteran jockey has something that Prat doesn't: two Belmont Stakes wins, having won the race aboard Rags to Riches in 2007 and Union Rags in 2012.

Trainer Michael McCarthy is pleased Velazquez, who was aboard Medina Spirit for his Kentucky Derby win, was available.

"Belmont is his home track for umpteen years," McCarthy said, per David Grening of Daily Racing Form. "It's not often you win a classic and you need to find a jockey afterward, but I'm happy with where we're at. I hope everybody else is happy with their decision."

Rounding out those among the favorites are Rock Your World and Known Agenda. Both are looking for redemption after disappointing performances at the Kentucky Derby.

Ryan Martin @RyanMartinNYRA

KNOWN AGENDA, in company with 2020 Belmont runner up DR POST, putting together his final preparations for the 2021 G1 Belmont Stakes. The Florida Derby winner completed 5 furlongs in 1:01.00. https://t.co/KeyCOHnndt

Rock Your World finished 17th at Churchill Downs. The Kentucky-bred horse wasn't able to navigate the large field in the Derby and didn't get to show off the top-end speed that made him the winner of the Santa Anita Derby in April.

With a much smaller field and a longer race to make up for any potential bad breaks, he could be one to watch.

Known Agenda is the best of a trio of horses Todd Pletcher will have in the race. He also struggled with the big field in Louisville but has a Grade I stakes win to his name from March as the Florida Derby winner.

The fact that those two are joint-fourth when it comes to the odds is indicative of just how close and unpredictable this race is shaping up to be.