Horse racing fans are assured of another sloppy track in the final leg of the Triple Crown Saturday at the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes.
Heavy showers along the northeast will continue Friday and into early Saturday, but the forecast calls for slightly overcast skies once the horses line up in their starting gates around 6:30 p.m. Eastern.
The grounds crew at Belmont will try to reduce the slop, but with such little time in between rain, its likely mud will fly throughout the race much like the Kentucky Derby last month.
That could spell trouble for the rest of the three-year-old field considering Orb weathering the conditions at Churchill Downs for the victory, and his favorable draw in Gate Five.
Thirteen other horses will race for the $1 million purse, and five of them are trained by Todd Pletcher. The most promising of Pletcher’s group is Revolutionary, who is the next favorite behind Shug McGaughey’s Orb.
Overanalyze, Midnight Taboo, Palace Malice, and Unlimited Budget make up the rest of Pletcher’s stable.
This will be the first time the field is made up of only 14 horses for the first time since 1996, due to Always In a Tiz withdrawing before Wednesday's draw. Frac Daddy was also added and is running at 30/1 odds.
Check out the latest odds below.
Freedom Child 8/1
Unlimited Budget 8/1
Golden Soul 10/1
Palace Malice 15/1
Will Take Charge 20/1
Giant Finish 30/1
Midnight Taboo 30/1
Frac Daddy 30/1