Trainer: Dale Romans Jockey: Robby Albarado The closer had a troubled trip in the Kentucky Derby and finished eighth. Trainer Dale Romans wisely kept the colt out of the Preakness to point for the Belmont. Medal Count should have no problem with the mile-and-a-half distance, which makes him a horse to watch on Saturday.
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Trainer: Art Sherman Jockey: Victor Espinoza Can he do it? California Chrome is the only horse who matters now, but that doesn't guarantee anything. The Derby and Preakness winner has already beaten just about all of his top Belmont rivals. He's the clear favorite, and his ability to rate just off the pace is definitely a plus, but a lot can happen in the Belmont's 12 furlongs. Just ask Silver Charm, or Real Quiet, or Charismatic, or War Emblem, or Funny Cide, or ... <bold>Matterhorn (not pictured)</bold> <bold>Post Position: 3; Odds: 30-1</bold> Trainer: Todd Pletcher Jockey: Joe Bravo In trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Joe Bravo, Matterhorn has first-class connections on his side. He's obviously talented, but nothing he's done in his career to date suggests that he's ready for this level of competition. It would be beyond a big surprise if he ends up in the winner's circle.
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Trainer: Dallas Stewart Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan The runner-up in Kentucky, Commanding Curve is another closer who skipped the Preakness to point for the Belmont. He is still improving, but his race in the Derby was so far superior to anything he'd done before, there's a chance he could bounce back to earth in the Belmont.
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Ride On Curlin
Trainer: William Gowan Jockey: John Velazquez When he breaks from the gate on Saturday, he'll be on of only three horses -- including California Chrome and General a Rod -- to have started all three of this year's Triple Crown races. There's no doubting his talent (he finished second in the Preakness, after all) but it's within reason to doubt his ability to win. In 11 career starts, he's finished first just twice.
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Trainer: Bill Mott Jockey: Mike Smith He's only won once in his career, so there's not much to suggest that he's capable of winning on Saturday. Still, the colt did finish second despite a troubled trip in his last start, the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico on April 19. He also is trained and ridden by a pair of Hall of Famers in Bill Mott and Mike Smith, respectively. A long shot, but a respectable one.
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Trainer: Rick Violette Jr. Jockey: Jose Ortiz The New York-bred colt ran fifth in the Derby before skipping the Preakness to point for the Belmont. Samraat has talent and guts, having won five times in seven career starts. But he's got the type of early speed that rarely translates to longer distances. The suspicion before the Derby was that 10 furlongs was too much for him. The suspicion before the Belmont is that 12 will be too much, too. <bold>Commissioner (not pictured)</bold> <bold>Post Position: 8; Odds: 20-1</bold> Trainer: Todd Pletcher Jockey: Javier Castella His sire was a Belmont winner (A.P. Indy), and his dam was sired by a Belmont winner (Touch Gold). Commissioner certainly has the breeding to win this race, but does he have the talent? He seems a cut below the best in this field.
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Trainer: Jimmy Jerkens Jockey: Rajiv Maragh He was a hard-charging fourth in the Kentucky Derby despite a troubled trip. If he runs his best race on Saturday -- he ran well at Belmont last fall, and distance shouldn't be a problem -- he could be the main threat to California Chrome's Triple Crown dream.
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General a Rod
Trainer: Mike Maker Jockey: Rosie Napravnik Another Derby-Preakness starter, he certainly has talent. For evidence, look no further than his fourth-place finish at Pimlico, where he endured a brutal trip. He's never measured up to the caliber of California Chrome, and there are questions about his ability to get the distance, but he has a chance to compete for a share of the purse here.
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Trainer: Christophe Clement Jockey: Joel Rosario The bay colt has won two of his three starts in 2014, including the Peter Pan on May 10, and has been pointing for the Belmont all spring after coming off the Derby trail because of a lung infection. Along with Wicked Strong, Tonalist presents the biggest threat to California Chrome.
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