Seven Entered for Saturday's Belmont

Slew's Tizzy and Hard Spun, who figure to be the pacesetters in the June 9 Belmont Stakes, drew next to each other at the post position draw this morning. A field of seven was entered in the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Curlin, who won the Preakness over Street Sense, was installed the 6-5 favorite and will break from the three hole under Robby Albarado.

The scenario of the race changed when Street Sense, who won the Kentucky Derby, was declared a non-starter, after which the filly Rags to Riches was committed to the 1 1/2 mile race.

The Belmont carries a $1 million purse and will be broadcast on ABC as part of a two-hour telecast (5-7 p.m.). The post time is 6:25.

With seven horses going 12 furlongs, the post position is not a very important factor. With just Slew's Tizzy and Hard Spun figuring to show early speed--though Curlin would not be expected to be far behind--the pace does not figure to be fast.

Slew's Tizzy, to be ridden by Rafael Bejarano, will break from the five while Hard Spun will be to his outside in the six. Rags to Riches, winner of the Kentucky Oaks, will leave from the seven hole.

(Originally published at www.bloodhorse.com.)

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Dan Liebman

Dan Liebman is a former Editor-in-Chief of The Blood-Horse as well as a past President of Blood-Horse Publications.

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