2024 Belmont Stakes Contenders: Official Entries & Top Horses

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2024 Belmont Stakes Contenders: Official Entries & Top Horses to Watch in 2024

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Last updated: June 8, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. EDT

The Belmont Stakes is the third and final jewel of U.S. Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. Also the oldest of the three, dating back to 1867, and the longest at 1 1/2 miles typically, the "Test of the Champion" has tremendous buzz when the Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner seeks an historic Triple Crown sweep. The Belmont Stakes will be run at 1 1/4 mile at Saratoga due to renovations at Belmont. Below you will find info on the contenders for the 2023 Belmont Stakes from TwinSpires, as well as info from previous runnings.

Contender information for the 2024 Belmont Stakes will be posted as soon as its available, check back for more info!

2024 Belmont Stakes Odds & Contenders

Fair Odds
Seize the Grey
Jaime Torres
D. Wayne Lukas
Junior Alvarado
Ken McPeek
Mystik Dan
Brian Hernandez, Jr.
Ken McPeek
The Wine Steward
Manuel Franco
Mike Maker
John Velazquez
Todd Pletcher
Luis Saez
Danny Gargan
Tyler Gaffalione
Todd Pletcher
Honor Marie
Florent Geroux
Whit Beckman
Sierra Leone
Flavien Prat
Chad Brown
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Todd Pletcher

The 2024 Belmont Stakes Probable Contenders

Seize the Grey | Mystik Dan | Sierra Leone | Fierceness | Honor Marie | Dornoch | Tuscan Gold | Thorpedo Anna | Antiquarian | The Wine Steward | Mindframe | Batten Down | Protective

Past Contenders

2023 | 2022 | 2021

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes Alumni

Seize the Grey (Photo by Horsephotos.com)

Jockey Jaime Torres and Seize the Grey in the Preakness winner's circle (Photo by Horsephotos.com)

Seize the Grey

  • Pedigree: Arrogate-Smart Shopping, by Smart Strike
  • Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
  • Jockey: Jaime Torres

From the final crop of Arrogate, gray colt has come to hand with consecutive graded stakes wins, leading all the way upsetting the Preakness (G1), and his improving form should not be dismissed. Four-time Belmont winner D. Wayne Lukas will look to have Seize the Grey primed for a good showing on the front end.

Mystik Dan in the Kentucky Derby winner's circle

Mystik Dan wears the garland of roses as the 150th Kentucky Derby winner (Photo by Horsephotos.com/Getty Images)

Mystik Dan

Kentucky Derby upsetter performed gallantly in the Preakness, making a run at Seize the Grey in upper stretch and gamely repelling Catching Freedom for second, and Mystik Dan deserves top three consideration if he reels back for the Belmont. But he’ll need to keep showing more to prove best at a challenging 1 1/4-mile trip.

Sierra Leone training for the Kentucky Derby (Photo by Horsephotos.com)

Sierra Leone training for the Kentucky Derby (Photo by Horsephotos.com)

Sierra Leone

A deep closer, Sierra Leone will try to keep building upon a nose second in the Kentucky Derby. He rallied wide from far back and didn’t run straight through the stretch, lugging into another rival while appearing to tire late, and Chad Brown will switch equipment (new bit) and jockeys (Flavien Prat takes over). Long-striding colt may receive a favorable set up, especially if the speedy Thorpedo Anna commits.

Fierceness wins the Floridia Derby at Gulfstream Park (Photo by Coglianese Photography)

Fierceness wins the Floridia Derby at Gulfstream Park (Photo by Coglianese Photography)


A brilliant winner in every other start, including an 11-length debut maiden win at Saratoga, champion two-year-old male is in rebound mode following a disappointing 15th as the Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite. Fierceness easily owns the top numbers, registering Brisnet Speed ratings as high as 112, and those will be appealing to bettors.

Honor Marie trains for the Kentucky Derby (Photo by Horsephotos.com)

Honor Marie trains for the Kentucky Derby (Photo by Horsephotos.com)

Honor Marie

Deep closer was cut off badly a few jumps out of the Kentucky Derby starting gate and continued to experience a rough and troubled trip, offering a sneaky run from 20th to be eighth. Honor Marie displayed tenacity while gaining valuable experience, showing no signs of wear and tear by immediately returning to the worktab for Whit Beckman, and Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up rates as a rebound candidate with a favorable pace scenario projected.

Tuscan Gold (Photo by Coglianese Photography / Credit to Lauren King)

Tuscan Gold (Photo by Coglianese Photography / Credit to Lauren King)

Tuscan Gold

  • Pedigree: Medaglia d’Oro-Valadorna, by Curlin
  • Trainer: Chad Brown

Didn’t break sharply and rallied belatedly to be a non-threatening fourth in the Preakness, but lightly raced colt needed the race following a two-month hiatus, making his first appearance since a good third in the Louisiana Derby, and he didn’t appear to like the muddy conditions. Tuscan Gold will be a candidate to show more in the Belmont three weeks later, but it’s fair to question whether he’ll be good enough to make his presence felt.

Dornoch training towards the Kentucky Derby (Photo by Horsephotos.com)

Dornoch training towards the Kentucky Derby (Photo by Horsephotos.com)


Remsen (G2) winner has not gone on at age three, racing erratically finishing a well-beaten fourth in the Blue Grass (G1) and failing to break sharply in the Kentucky Derby, and his best races have come on the lead. Tough turnaround spot.


Thorpedo Anna wins the Kentucky Oaks (Photo by Rickelle Nelson/Horsephotos.com)

Thorpedo Anna wins the Kentucky Oaks (Photo by Rickelle Nelson/Horsephotos.com)

Thorpedo Anna

  • Pedigree: Fast Anna-Sataves, by Uncle Mo
  • Trainer: Kenny McPeek

Kenny McPeek upset the 2020 Preakness with the filly Swiss Skydiver, who edged Kentucky Derby winner and eventual Horse of the Year Authentic by a neck, and Thorpedo Anna appears to be peaking following a decisive frontrunning win in the Kentucky Oaks (G1). She’ll enter her third start of the year on the upswing, and the speedy miss promises to be forward from the start if connections opt for the Belmont over the Acorn (G1) the day before.

Antiquarian (Photo by Hodges Photography)

Antiquarian (Photo by Hodges Photography)


  • Pedigree: Preservationist-Lifetime Memory, by Istan
  • Trainer: Todd Pletcher

A troubled sixth when making his stakes debut in the Louisiana Derby, chestnut colt rebounded with a nice win in the Peter Pan (G3), wearing down a game rival to prevail by about a length, and Antiquarian appears to be on an upward trajectory for Pletcher. His Speed ratings will need to keep improving to make a serious impact in the Belmont.

The Wine Steward is one of the top progeny by Vino Rosso in 2023. (Photo by Coady Photography)

The Wine Steward is one of the top progeny by Vino Rosso in 2023. (Photo by Coady Photography)

The Wine Steward

  • Pedigree: Vino Rosso-Call to Service, by To Honor and Serve
  • Trainer: Mike Maker

Easy to appreciate New York-bred colt’s tenacity, recording three close seconds versus graded rivals, but his three career wins have come at six furlongs or less. Faces class hike and 10 furlongs looks like a tall test.

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A spectacular debut winner over seven furlongs in late March, Maryland-bred son of Constitution carried his form forward when stretching to two turns in a Churchill Downs allowance, scoring by 7 1/2 lengths as the odds-on favorite. He’s established himself as an extremely promising type for four-time Belmont winner Todd Pletcher, and we’ll find where Mindframe fits in his stakes debut. 

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Batten Down

A full brother to Grade 1-winning millionaire Tacitus, gray colt graduated stylishly when stretching out to 1 1/4 miles at Churchill Downs in his fourth start, registering a career-best 97 Speed rating for the 8 3/4-length decision, but he’ll face a difficult challenge in the first start against winners.

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Stalker has performed respectably since stretching out two starts back, recording thirds in the Wood Memorial (G2) and Peter Pan (G3), but difficult to envision a maiden (winless from four starts) factoring in this spot.

What horses typically run in the Belmont Stakes?

Most of the Belmont contenders have competed in at least one, or sometimes both, of the prior Triple Crown races. Fans who have been watching the three-year-olds progress throughout the early-season preps — such as the Florida Derby, Louisiana Derby, Wood Memorial, Santa Anita Derby, Blue Grass, and Arkansas Derby — will know the major players very well.

But even fans who just tuned in for the Kentucky Derby and Preakness will recognize familiar names. If the Derby winner has gone on to glory in the Preakness, that two-time classic winner heads to Belmont Park on the cusp of immortality, with a Triple Crown on the line. If he was beaten in the Preakness, the Belmont Stakes could serve as a decisive showdown between the Derby and Preakness winners.

With trainers preferring to give their horses more time between races, some who ran in the Derby opt to skip the Preakness and go straight to the Belmont. Such a five-week break can give them a freshness advantage over those enduring the entire Triple Crown grind.

Contenders for the 2023 Belmont Stakes

Owner: Albaugh Family Stables

Owner: Gary & Mary West

Owner: Whisper Hill Farm & Gainesway Stable

Owner: SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables et al

  • National Treasure
    • Blinkers back on did the trick in his stakes breakthrough in the Preakness, where he controlled the pace and battled gamely.
    • Pedigree: Quality Road-Treasure, by Medaglia d’Oro
    • Trainer: Bob Baffert
    • Jockey:  John Velazquez

Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds

  • Red Route One
    • Bath House Row S. winner, previously a bridesmaid on the Derby trail, wound up fourth in a Preakness that did not set up for his late kick.
    • Pedigree: Gun Runner-Red House, by Tapit
    • Trainer: Steve Asmussen
    • Jockey:  Joel Rosario

Owner: Repole Stable & St. Elias Stable

  • Forte
    • Champion juvenile extended his winning streak in the Florida Derby, but fitness could be a question since his scratch from the Kentucky Derby.
    • Pedigree: Violence-Queen Caroline, by Blame
    • Trainer: Todd Pletcher
    • Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

Owner: Blue Rose Farm

  • Arcangelo
    • Late bloomer stepped up from his maiden win to take the Peter Pan (G3).
    • Pedigree: Arrogate-Modeling, by Tapit
    • Trainer:  Jena Antonucci
    • Jockey: Javier Castellano

Contenders for the 2022 Belmont Stakes

Mo Donegal

  • Trainer:  Todd Pletcher
  • Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
  • Owner: Donegal Racing and Repole Stable
  • Odds: +225

We the People

  • Trainer:  Rodolphe Brisset
  • Jockey: Flavien Prat
  • Owner: Bobby Flay, WinStar Farm, CMNWLTH, Siena Farm
  • Odds: +350

Rich Strike

  • Trainer:  Eric Reed
  • Jockey: Sonny Leon
  • Owner: RED TR-Racing
  • Odds: +450

Creative Minister

  • Trainer:  Kenny McPeek
  • Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.
  • Owner: Fern Circle Stables, Back Racing, LLC & Magdalena Racing
  • Odds: +650


  • Trainer:  Todd Pletcher
  • Jockey: Jose Ortiz
  • Owner: Repole Stable, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Michael House
  • Odds: +650

Ethereal Road

  • Trainer:  D. Wayne Lukas
  • Jockey: Luis Saez
  • Owner: Aaron Sones
  • Odds: 10-1

Barber Road

  • Trainer:  Johnny Ortiz
  • Jockey: Rey Gutierrez
  • Owner: WSS Racing, LLC
  • Odds: 14-1


  • Trainer:  Saffie Joseph Jr.
  • Jockey: Júnior Alvarado
  • Owner: Daniel Alonso
  • Odds: 14-1

Golden Glider

  • Trainer:  Mark Casse
  • Jockey: Dylan Davis
  • Owner: Gary Barber, Manfred Conrad, and Penny Conrad
  • Odds: 22-1


  • Trainer:  Rodolphe Brisset
  • Jockey: Florent Géeroux
  • Owner: WinStar Farm LLC and Siena Farm LLC 
  • Odds: 22-1

Howling Time

  • Trainer:  Dale Romans
  • Jockey: Joe Talamo
  • Owner: Albaugh Family Stables LLC 
  • Odds: 25-1

The 2021 Belmont Stakes Contenders

PRO: Derby didn’t set up well for Wood Memorial hero; both wins have come in New York
CON: Late runner faces tactical disadvantage in Belmont; owns lower Brisnet Speed ratings

PRO: Rough break, wide trip cost him in Derby; once-beaten colt can make amends Saturday
CON: Grinder must establish trip from inside post; Brisnet numbers on-par with other rivals

PRO: Became more effective racing closer to pace in last two; stylishly rallied to win Preakness
CON: His races have been well-spaced, must avoid regression on three-week turnaround

PRO: Missed by only a length in Derby; Louisiana Derby winner may have more to offer for O’Neill
CON: Lone stakes win came wire-to-wire; thrice stakes-placed colt often grabs a minor award

PRO: Japanese-based colt showed tactical speed in Preakness, needed race from fitness perspective
CON: Weakening seventh at Pimlico does not inspir e confidence; unplaced in both stakes attempts

PRO: Compromised by innermost post in Derby; 1 1/2-mile distance appears optimal for promising colt
CON: Beat suspect field in Florida Derby; is he fast enough yet to de feat this level of competition?

PRO: Missed break, draw a line through Derby; serious wire-to-wire threat as possible lone speed
CON: Had everything own way in Santa Anita Derby; questions surround him at 1 1/2-mile trip

PRO: $1 million Curlin colt needed last race after layoff; sneaky vertical exotics contender for Pletcher
CON: Late-running style doesn’t appear favorable; his Brisnet Speed ratings must improve to challenge

Below are the official Belmont Stakes contenders for 2021:

(1) We the People
Rodolphe Brisset / Flavien Prat
(2) Skippylongstocking 
Saffie Joseph Jr. / Manny Franko
(3) Nest
Todd Pletcher / Jose Ortiz
(4) Rich Strike 
Eric Reed / Sonny Leon
(5) Creative Minister
Ken McPeek / Brian Hernandez Jr.
(6) Mo Donegal
Todd Pletcher / Irad Ortiz, Jr.
(7)  Golden Glider
Mark Casse / Dylan Davis
(8) Barber Road
John Ortiz / Joel Rosario