The favored three-year-olds for the $1.5 million 2021 Belmont Stakes have been all out for his or her upkeep gallops on Friday morning, with Essential Quality’s coach Brad Cox dispatching the lead favourite on an ordinary 1 Three/Eight-mile gallop, adopted by Michael McCarthy sending Preakness Winner and second-favorite Rombauer out for a similar. Both horses have been paced on the coaching observe. Getting of their gallops below Todd Pletcher’s course, Known Agenda, Bourbonic, and the very frivolously raced Overtook hit the coaching observe as nicely. Working on the principle observe, in contrast, was Rock Your World, whom coach John Sadler assigned a full mile-and-a-half gallop.
By the Belmont Stakes race day in any Triple Crown season, we might imagine we all know the crop of three-year-olds a bit higher, but it surely’s debatable that the Bob Baffert-induced travails with the very-likely-to-be-disqualified Medina Spirit threw the scales of the season off, significantly because the horse did race — demonstrably clear — within the Preakness. Essential Quality’s efficiency within the Derby, thought-about a superb one regardless of his rocky begin, has come into focus exactly because of this. But there are others whose Derby journeys have been equally unproductive, who will likely be gunning laborious for Essential Quality’s presumed standing on the prime of the pecking order on this quick subject of eight.
Rock Your World is one such outlier. We’ll convey within the Bluegrass Wise Man ™ to inform us what he thinks of Rock Your World’s, Rombauer’s, and Hot Rod Charlie’s probabilities to finest Essential Quality in a second, however first, a refresher on the percentages, which we’ll replace because the Belmont home windows open and the cash begins to etch the dwell odds, which we’ll replace right here till put up time.
(Post Position, Horse, Morning Line)
1. Bourbonic, 15-1
2. Essential Quality, 2-1
Three. Rombauer, Three-1
four. Hot Rod Charlie, 7-2
5. France Go De Ina, 30-1
6.Known Agenda, 6-1
7.Rock Your World, 9-2
Eight. Overtook, 20-1
(Source: NYRA, 1/6/2021)
With no additional ado, right here’s the Bluegrass Wise Man ™.
It’s race day, so within the spirit of taking the gloves off, let’s drill down on among the horses gunning for Essential Quality. Take Hot Rod Charlie first, whom we’ve each preferred.
Bluegrass Wise Man ™: Got to be taken critically. I believe it’s important to ask why did Flavian Prat, who gained the Preakness on Rombauer, guide a journey within the Belmont on Hot Rod Charlie. Or why his agent did it. Looking at Hot Rod Charlie, you recognize, didn’t race within the Preakness, did positive within the Derby, beat Essential Quality. I believe Prat and Doug O’Neill suppose that that horse is prepared. I’m not fairly that satisfied, however I can’t ignore him, and I gained’t in my exotics.
Next up, Rombauer. Can or not it’s that everyone’s a little bit too excessive on him?
Bluegrass Wise Man ™: He didn’t do the Derby, so we don’t have that gauge, however he clearly ran a positive Preakness. He’s received the gap, I believe, however I believe what you see once you look again in April is that he ran third to Essential Quality within the Blue Grass out right here in Kentucky. I believe that’s an vital race to take a look at for him. He all the time reveals up, he’s there, and he gained the Preakness, is the sensation. He’s the second-favorite for that purpose, however to me, Rombauer simply doesn’t seem to be a Belmont type of slugger. You hafta be a little bit of a slugger for this race.
Bluegrass Wise Man ™: Roll with it. Take the adversity, the gap, the large turns, no matter this big-ass observe and its subject are throwing at you, and get down and grind. Eat. The. Race. Like Secretariat did, you recognize? That type of a slugger. Rombauer’s not that. Not quite a lot of ‘em are.
Who’s subsequent on the listing to take down Essential Quality.
Bluegrass Wise Man ™: Essential Quality himself? Kidding, however sorta not.
You imply he may kinda let the tempo get away from him early after which have the observe take him out.
Bluegrass Wise Man ™: Correct. He may additionally not do this, and preserve his head, and all that. It’s like, the Derby’s received its personal thoughts sport on the three-year-olds, what with all of the flare and the scale of the sphere and the truth that a few of them are seeing one another for the primary time. Coming when it does, the Belmont is a type of deeper thoughts sport for them. Part of it’s the distance, in fact, however the different half is the size of the battle. It’s only a actually lengthy, laborious combat. Not a lotta horses truly just like the sandy observe right here. None of them have ever accomplished a race this robust in a spot this robust, and after this race, none of ‘em ever will.
Bluegrass Wise Man ™: Legit. As we be aware, bit increased within the odds than Hot Rod Charlie, however once more, needs to be taken critically. I’ll use him. I believe at the moment I’m gonna omit Rombauer. Funny, proper, leaving out a Preakness winner. But I believe that is the yr to do it. Anyway, I believe the factor to consider with Known Agenda is that he doesn’t have Irad Ortiz, who as you recognize, took a spill. He’s positive, however he’s not racing at the moment, and it’s thrown off a lotta individuals who have been relying on him to journey. I imply, it’s Irad, proper? So I’d say what would give me some stress is understanding that Known Agenda goes into the Belmont with out Irad, who has been with him for his final three races. Not having Irad is a giant distinction for Known Agenda.
Bear down on Rock Your World.
Bluegrass Wise Man ™: It’s race day, so no time to beat across the bush. I believe Rock Your World is the winner. Obviously, to again him it’s important to throw out the Derby, which is, once more, a humorous factor to do, however he received a horrible break, and what I hear is that Joel (Rosario) misplaced the iron as a result of the stalls in that new gate at Churchill that they ordered in order that they wouldn’t hafta have the auxiliary gate are just a bit narrower. So for those who break kinda sideways outta there like Rock Your World did, and the jockey’s on his toes anyway in that iron, then it brushes the aspect of the chute and it’s gone. I don’t suppose that’s gonna occur at the moment. Rock Your World wished to run and appeared like he was about to run huge. This is simply his third begin on grime, so he might even wind up again as a turf horse. But he’s had 5 weeks off because the Derby, and I don’t suppose the Derby broke his thoughts. He’s my decide as a result of he’s seems good, been coaching nicely, and I believe he’s able to pop. He’s received one thing huge left in him.