By the time horses take to the post at 6:48 p.m. ET, near-perfect weather conditions are forecast.
What if Maximum Security, the first colt across the finish line, had not interfered with eventual Preakness victor War of Will at the top of the stretch in the Derby?
Sir Winston spent much of the race near the back of the 10-horse field but began to move up with six fulongs to go.
I'm in agreement with the morning line as this year's Belmont has some separation between the top two choices, War of Will at 2-1 and Wood Memorial Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G2) victor Tacitus at 9-5. It sparked interest in thoroughbred racing despite no possibility of the third Triple Crown victor in five years, coming on the heels of Justify last year and American Pharoah in 2015. Maximum Security, the initial victor of the first of the three Triple Crown races - the Kentucky Derby - was disqualified for interfering in the paths of several horses.
War of Will landed the rail for the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stake and trainer Mark Casse hinted starting from post number 9 would serve his horse well. Sir Winston was eighth for the first half-mile and then started to rally on the final turn.
The third-place Derby finisher has worked three times on the Belmont main track, completing a bullet five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 June 2 to signal his readiness.
The 151st running of the Belmont Stakes was held on Saturday in Elmont, New York, capping a wild Triple Crown that was filled with controversy.
Well-rested Tacitus was made the slight favorite over the hard-working War of Will in a Belmont Stakes that wraps up a whacky Triple Crown. Long shot Joevia finished third and Tax was fourth. Rosario won his second career Belmont Stakes.
War of Will was impressive in winning the Preakness but the race was overshadowed when a rival colt threw its rider at the start and ran around the track during the race. Country House and Long Range Toddy (who was the 17th horse to cross the finish line) filed an objection to the result, saying that the horse bumped into War of Will and caused a chain-reaction.