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Farmington Road looking forward to Belmont Stakes 2020

Since the day Farmington Road joined trainer Todd Pletcher’s shed row, he was seen by his connections as the type of horse that would be a contender for the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes.

Despite the rescheduled date for the Belmont Stakes, now set for June 20 at Belmont Park, and a scaled back distance from 1 ½ miles to 1 1/8 miles due to the COVID-19 pandemic, co-owner Aron Wellman said he is delighted to have a contender in the Classic race.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Tap It to Win 6-1 John Velazquez
126 Lbs
Mark Casse
2 Sole Volante 9-2 Luca Panici
126 Lbs
Patrick Biancone
3 Max Player 15-1 Joel Rosario
126 Lbs
Linda Rice
4 Modernist 15-1 Junior Alvarado
126 Lbs
William Mott
5 Farmington Road 15-1 Javier Castellano
126 Lbs
Todd Pletcher
6 Fore Left 30-1 Jose Ortiz
126 Lbs
Doug O’Neill
7 Jungle Runner 50-1 Reylu Gutierrez
126 Lbs
Steven Asmussen
8 Tiz the Law 6-5 Manuel Franco
126 Lbs
Barclay Tagg
9 Dr Post 5-1 Irad Ortiz, Jr.
126 Lbs
Todd Pletcher
10 Pneumatic 8-1 Ricardo Santana, Jr.
126 Lbs
Steven Asmussen

“It’s still the Belmont regardless of how you slice it,” said Wellman, president and founder of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners who co-owns Farmington Road with Robert LaPenta and Chrysalis Stables. “It’s still a very meaningful race with a rich history. It would be an enormous honor to add another Belmont to our trophy case. Any number of owners, trainers and breeders would be happy to have a representative.”

Wellman and Pletcher captured the carnations when Tapwrit won the Belmont in 2017.

Third time was the charm for Farmington Road when breaking his maiden in his two-turn debut on January 12 at Tampa Bay Downs as the overwhelming favorite. The son of Quality Road has been competitive against stakes company, posting a second-place finish in the Oaklawn Stakes over a sloppy track on April 11, and enters the Belmont Stakes off a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby.

Despite Farmington Road being touted as the type of horse that could get the traditional mile-and-a-half Belmont Stakes distance, Wellman said the colt remains a strong contender.

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“It’s a bit of a bittersweet feeling,” Wellman said. “From the moment he walked into Todd’s barn, we had him pegged as a Belmont horse. Obviously, we know the unforeseen circumstances but nevertheless, we still believe that the horse is doing exceptionally well. With better luck and a better trip, he can make his presence felt with money on the line.”

The standout in the Belmont Stakes, which will be run as the Triple Crown’s first leg this year, is two-time Grade 1-winner Tiz the Law, who will attempt to become the first New York-bred to win the Belmont since Forester in 1882.

Wellman said he has nothing but respect for the probable Belmont favorite but is not letting his presence make him call an audible with his horse.

“Tiz the Law is a horse that’s done it all, so we have the utmost respect for him, but after him it’s wide open. We don’t dodge any race for one horse,” Wellman said.

Pletcher will also saddle St. Elias Stable’s Dr Post in search of a fourth Belmont Stakes win following Rags to Riches [2007], Palace Malice [2013] and Tapwrit.

Belmont Stakes Day probables – Saturday, June 20

G1 Belmont Stakes

Probable: Basin (Steve Asmussen), Dr Post (Todd Pletcher), Farmington Road (Pletcher), Max Player (Linda Rice), Modernist (Bill Mott), Sole Volante (Patrick Biancone), Tap It to Win (Mark Casse), Tiz the Law (Barclay Tagg)

Possible: Pneumatic (Asmussen)

G1 Longines Acorn

Probable: Casual (Steve Asmussen), Gamine (Bob Baffert), Lucrezia (Arnaud Delacour), Perfect Alibi (Mark Casse), Pleasant Orb (Barclay Tagg), Venetian Harbor (Richard Baltas), Water White (Rudy Rodriguez)

Grade 1 Jaipur

Probable: Diamond Oops (Biancone), Hidden Scroll (Bill Mott), Justaholic (Tom Clark), Kanthaka (Graham Motion), Oleksandra (Neil Drysdale), Pure Sensation (Christophe Clement), Stubbins (Doug O’Neill), Texas Wedge (Peter Miller), Tiger Blood (Mike Maker)

Grade 1 Woody Stephens

Probable: Echo Town (Steve Asmussen), Fore Left (Doug O’Neill), Meru (Jorge Duarte, Jr.), Mischevious Alex (John Servis), No Parole (Tom Amoss), Shoplifted (Asmussen)

Possible: Premier Star (Mike Trombetta)

Grade 2 Pennine Ridge

Probable: Decorated Invader (Christophe Clement), Hieronymus (Brad Cox), Proven Strategies (Mark Casse)

Possible: Maryland Mo (Graham Motion), Vanzzy (Mike Pino)

Grade 3 Wonder Again

Probable: Antoinette (Bill Mott), Highland Glory (Barclay Tagg), Selflessly (Chad Brown), Speaktomeofsummer (Christophe Clement), Sweet Melania (Pletcher)

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