Profiles of 2014 Belmont Stakes runners

Wed Jun 4, 2014 3:19pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Profiles of runners in Saturday's 146th Belmont Stakes in New York.


Finished eighth in the Kentucky Derby and hasn't raced since. Jockey Robby Albarado has ridden more than 4,000 winners, including the 2007 Preakness Stakes on Curlin. Trainer Dale Romans prepared the 2011 Preakness winner Shackleford.


The odds-on favorite to become just the 12th horse to complete the Triple Crown after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Jockey Victor Espinoza also won the first two legs in 2002 on War Emblem and is hoping for better luck in the final this time.


An outsider who has won just one of his four career starts. One of two horses in the race trained by Todd Pletcher, who won the 2007 Belmont Stakes with the filly Rags To Riches and last year's race with Palace Malice.


Charged home late to finish runner-up in the Kentucky Derby as a longshot then skipped the Preakness to save energy for the Belmont. His jockey Shaun Bridgmohan and trainer Dallas Stewart are both chasing their first win in any Triple Crown race.   Continued...

A microphone stand with the 146th Belmont Stakes logo is seen at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York May 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton