4. Hofburg (9-2)
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.