4. Hof­burg (9-2)

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Owner: Jud­dmonte Farms Trainer: Bill Mott Jockey: Irad Or­tiz Jr. Record: 1-1-0 in four starts No­table: A num­ber of sharp hand­i­cap­pers jumped on his band­wagon at the Derby, but he lost all chance when he was bumped at the start and shuf­fled to the back of the pack, en­coun­ter­ing more traf­fic trou­ble be­fore ral­ly­ing to a sev­en­th­place fin­ish. He has just one win in four starts, but he’s a talented colt whose sire, Tapit, has pro­duced three of the last four Belmont Stakes win­ners.

5. Restor­ing Hope (30-1) 6. Gronkowski (12-1)

Owner: Phoenix Thor­ough­breds Trainer: Chad Brown Jockey: Jose Or­tiz Record: 4-1-0 in six starts No­table: He won four in a row in Bri­tain, all at the 1-mile dis­tance, be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to New York-based trainer Brown to pre­pare for the Belmont. Be­cause of his name­sake’s pop­u­lar­ity, Gronkowski is al­most as­suredly go­ing to be over­bet. But it would be an interesting story if Rob Gronkowski, who now owns a small piece of the horse, gets to fi­esta in the win­ner’s cir­cle.

7. Ten­fold (12-1)

Owner: Winchell Thor­ough­breds Trainer: Steve As­mussen Jockey: Ri­cardo San­tana Jr. Record: 2-0-1 in four starts No­table: The Belmont is one of the few races where pedi­gree still mat­ters, and his blood­lines strongly sug­gest he’ll get the dis­tance with for­mer Horse of the Year Curlin on the top side and Tapit in his mother’s fam­ily. Given his in­ex­pe­ri­ence with just four starts, he ran an im­pres­sive, clos­ing third in the Preak­ness

Own­ers: Say­jay Rac­ing, Greg Hall, Brooke Hub­bard Trainer: Doug O’Neill Jockey: Kyle Frey Record: 3-0-2 in 10 starts No­table: Had he qual­i­fied for the Ken­tucky Derby (he was 21st on the points list), he might have been an interesting long shot. But the colt in­stead won the Grade 3 Peter Pan with a stout stretch rally May 12 as a prep for the Belmont. O’Neill won the Ken­tucky Derby with I’ll Have An­other and Nyquist.

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