The Belmont Stakes Post Positions have been drawn. The race will be shown live on NBC this Saturday.
Post Position, Horses name, Morning Line odds
(1) Street Life, 12-1
(2) Unstoppable U, 30-1
(3) Union Rags, 6-1
(4) Atigun, 30-1
(5) Dullahan, 5-1
(6) Ravelo’s Boy, 50-1
(7) Five Sixteen, 50-1
(8) Guyana Star Dweej, 50-1
(9) Paynter, 8-1
(10) Optimizer, 20-1
(11) I’ll Have Another, 4-5
(12) My Adonis, 20-1
Quotes from Doug O’Neill, the trainer of I’ll Have Another : “It’s been an unbelievable ride, and I think we’ve just stayed focused on the whole journey because of the great I’ll Have Another. I have obviously got caught up in some other issues on the side and got cleared of any wrongdoing, still kind of goofy a little bit. But everything’s going good and we every day give thanks to be part of the I’ll Have Another team.”
“He’s doing great. He’s continued to gallop good, his energy’s been good, his appetite’s been strong, and he’s handled this whole journey as good as you could possibly ask a horse. He hasn’t lost a bit of his flesh at all, his coat continues to shine and look great, so we couldn’t ask for him to be coming in to this any better.”
[On whether he’s talked to jockey Mario Gutierrez about how the race would set up] Not really. We’re going to huddle up and talk; being in the 11th hole, we’re able to kind of see how the pace sets up. If they’re crawling, we’ll hopefully be leading the crawl, and if they’re flying, we’ll be sitting in behind the horses flying.”
“Mario is just such a confident rider and he’s so confident in I’ll Have Another. They get along so well, so we’re in good shape.”
Mario Gutierrez has become a household name after riding I’ll Have Another to wins in the 2012 Kentucky Derby and the 2012 Preakness Stakes. Today, he will receive the tutelage of retired jockey Richard Migliore as he prepares for his start in the Belmont Stakes.
Migliore, a winner of 1,352 races at Belmont from 9,922 starts, will circumnavigate the 1 ½-mile track aboard multiple Grade 1 winner and current O’Neill stable pony Lava Man, with Gutierrez riding alongside on a yet-to-be-determined O’Neill horse, to get the jockey acclimated to the track’s setup. The session is scheduled to be today. It will be a reunion of sorts between Migliore and Lava Man as they were frequent opponents in major races on the West Coast over the last decade.