Preakness winner Rombauer will attempt to assert his second successive Triple Crown race, but Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit along with his coach, Bob Baffert, aren't in Saturday's field. Rombauer romped past favorites Medina Spirit and Midnight Bourbon in Pimlico Race Course on May 15 to acquire the 146th Preakness Stakes.
Medina Spirit failed a drug test immediately after the Derby, also Wednesday another test confirmed the existence of betamethasone, a corticosteroid. Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, subsequently declared Baffert will be suspended for 2 decades , effective immediately, from all CDI-owned racetracks. The New York Racing Association, which conducts the Belmont, prohibited Baffert forever and prevented him from entering some horses at the Belmont Stakes.
Essential Quality, that finished fourth as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby but didn't operate the Preakness, moves as the preferred Saturday. Essential Quality is among five horses that participates in the Derby and are coming back to the Belmont, linking Hot Rod Charlie (third in Derby), known Agenda (ninth), Bourbonic (13th) and Rock Your World (17th).
Overtook, trained by Todd Pletcher, is the only horse in the Belmont area who has not already competed at a Triple Crown race.
This is all of the info that you want to get ready to see the 153rd Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y:
Post time to the 153rd Belmont Stakes is 6:49 p.m EST..
NBC will televise the race and will start its coverage in 5 pm ET. NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) includes a pre-race show starting at 3 p.m. ET.
The 2021 Belmont Stakes could be streamed on NBCSports.com as well as the NBC Sports program.
A Grade I Thoroughbred stakes races, the Belmont Stakes is just 1 1/2 kilometers, or 12 furlongs, making it the longest race in the Triple Crown.
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