Contenders

The 2015 Belmont Stakes contenders will began to separate from the pack as we gallop through the Triple Crown, which includes the Kentucky Derby and Preakness stakes. 

Once again, the 2015 Belmont Stakes will take place at Belmont Park in upstate New York and will be run Saturday, June 6th. This will be the 147 running of the Belmont Stakes with over $1.5 million in purse money available to the contenders. 

Eligibility for the Belmont Stakes is dependent on earnings in graded horses of run over a distance of a mile or more. There is a limit of 16 horses at the Belmont Stakes. In many cases, the Belmont Stakes has run fewer than the allotted limit. 

The Kentucky Derby winner and the Preakness Stakes victor will become instant favorites to win at the Belmont Park track, but if recent history serves as any indication, this race will be wide open once again. No Kentucky Derby winner has won the Belmont, and only one horse (Afleet Alex in 2005) has won the Preakness and the Belmont. 

We’ll keep you up to date as the contenders begin to show themselves as the exciting 2015 race season gets underway!

2015 Belmont Stakes Contenders

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http://belmontstakesonlinebetting.com/prep-races/

The official Belmont Stakes prep race is the locally run Peter Pan Stakes. It is a G2 race which stretches over 1 1/8 miles in early May every year. It is named after Hall of Famer Peter Pan, who was a champion stud in 1907. Recent Belmont winners such as Tonalist (2014), Drosselmeyer (2010) and Lemon Drop Kid (1999) have won this race.

Competing in the Peter Pan Stakes is usually important when determining a horse’s success at the Belmont Stakes because of the track’s unusual size and shape. At 1 ½ miles, the Belmont track is the largest in North America. The turns are much wider than what horses will race on. You do not necessarily have to race or breeze a horse on this track to give it a chance to win the famed Belmont Stakes, but it most certainly helps to have a jockey who is familiar with the large turns. 

The other two prep races of the Belmont Stakes also include the previous two legs of the Triple Crown. Horses that compete in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes usually make the trip to upstate New York, especially if they are within reach of the Triple Crown title. 

One of the reasons that winning the Triple Crown has proven difficult in recent years is that horses do not have to run in the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness Stakes to be eligible for the Belmont Stakes. This came under fire in 2014 when California Chrome lost his Triple Crown bid against Tonalist, who did not compete in the first two legs of the Triple Crown but was still able to capture part of the $1.5 million purse. 

While this debate continues, it remains unlikely that the Belmont Stakes or the Triple Crown will undergo any adjustments in the near future. That means that the Peter Pan Stakes, along with the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, will offer the best, overall preview of what’s to come in the Belmont Stakes. 

Other key races to note are on actually on what’s referred to as the Road to the Kentucky Derby, a vast array of lead-up races to the Triple Crown race. Key races to watch for include the Risen Star Stakes, the Dwyer, the Blue Grass Stakes , the Florida Derby and the Louisiana Derby. For more information on the Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races click here!