Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike drew post 4 of 8 at today’s ceremony to announce the lineup for Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. The final jewel in the 2022 Triple Crown is set for a single lap around the mile and one-half oval on Long Island. Peter Pan Stakes winner We the People has been installed the 2-1 morning line favorite by NYRA oddsmaker David Aragona, and starts from the rail.
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We the People looks to be potential lone speed in the Belmont Stakes, having won the local Peter Pan in wire-to-wire fashion and matched up against a series of horses who have shown late-running tendencies in prior races. He’ll leave from post 1 under Flavien Prat. Look for Skippylongstocking (post 2) to be the other potential early speed, or perhaps Golden Glider (post 7), who pressed the pace in the Blue Grass. A slower pace Saturday could compromise the late rally displayed by Rich Strike in Louisville, so tactics in the Belmont will be key. Trainer Eric Reed said after the post draw that Rich Strike won’t change tactics; he’ll take back and make one run.
Saturday’s 13-race program that begins at 11:20 am ET with the Belmont Stakes post time set for 6:44 pm ET as Race 11. Early bird wagering for the entire Friday card is available Friday on both 1/ST BET and Xpressbet.
Belmont Park // Race 11 // 154th Grade 1 $1.5 million Belmont Stakes// 1-1/2 miles
1. We the People // Rodolphe Brisset // Flavien Prat // 2-1
2. Skippylongstocking // Saffie Joseph Jr. // Manny Franco // 20-1
3. Nest // Todd Pletcher // Jose Ortiz // 8-1
4. Rich Strike // Eric Reed // Sonny Leon // 7-2
5. Creative Minister // Kenny McPeek // Brian Hernandez Jr. // 6-1
6. Mo Donegal // Todd Pletcher // Irad Ortiz Jr. // 5-2
7. Golden Glider // Mark Casse // Dylan Davis // 20-1
8. Barber Road // John Ortiz // Joel Rosario // 10-1
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