It is time for the final leg of the Triple Crown.
On Saturday, eight horses will line up at Belmont Park hoping to capture the win at the 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes.
Not among them will be Medina Spirit, the winner of the Kentucky Derby after The New York Racing Association banned trainer Bob Baffert and Medina Spirit from entering the race after it tested positive for 21 picograms of betamethasone after the Derby.
There would not have been a Triple Crown winner in 2021 even if Medina Spirit had raced, however, as the Kentucky Derby winner placed third in the Preakness Stakes, two spots behind Rombauer.
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This race will not only be short Medina Spirit. It was also announced that Rebel’s Romance will also not be racing due to an infection.
Following the absences, Essential Quality enters as the favorite to win the Belmont Stakes at 2/1 odds, while Rombauer is second at 3/1. Hot Rod Charlie is third at 7/2 odds.
What time is the Belmont Stakes today?
- Date: Saturday, June 5
- Post time: 6:49 p.m. ET
- TV coverage: NBC
Coverage of the Belmont Stakes will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday on NBCSN before it moves to NBC at 5 p.m. for prerace and postrace coverage, as well as the race itself. The race has a scheduled post time of 6:49 p.m. ET at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
What channel is the Belmont Stakes on?
Viewers hoping to watch the final Triple Crown race can tune in to NBC to watch the race or watch it online at NBCSports.com. FuboTV also offers the streaming of the race on NBC, and those interested in subscribing can sign up for a seven-day free trial.
BELMONT STAKES: Full draw and odds for 2021 race
Belmont Stakes horses 2021
|4||Hot Rod Charlie||7/2|
|5||France Go de Ina||30/1|
|7||Rock Your World||9/2|