Belmont Stakes Contender: Antiquarian

The 156th Belmont Stakes (G1) is set for Saturday, June 8, at Saratoga Race Course. This year’s race, shortened to 1 ¼ miles due to the ongoing renovations at Belmont Park, serves as the final leg of the Triple Crown. Among the contenders is Antiquarian, trained by Todd Pletcher, who secured his spot with a win in the Peter Pan Stakes.


Training and Recent Performance

Antiquarian didn’t participate in the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness Stakes, opting instead to run in the Peter Pan Stakes at Aqueduct on May 11. The Peter Pan has long been a key prep race for the Belmont, and Antiquarian’s victory there makes him a strong contender. Antiquarian has a career record of 4-2-1-0 with earnings of $173,000.


Career Highlights

Antiquarian has demonstrated potential with his two wins and a second-place finish in four starts. His most recent race, the Peter Pan, saw him secure a three-quarter length victory over favorite The Wine Steward. Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez will ride Antiquarian in the Belmont Stakes, adding to his credentials.


Betting Perspective

With Belmont Stakes odds at 12-1, Antiquarian is considered a live longshot. Bettors looking to bet on horses should consider his strong performance in the Peter Pan and his ability to handle the 1 ¼-mile distance. 

While facing tough competition from the Derby and Preakness winners, Antiquarian’s Graded Stakes experience makes him a compelling contender.


Trainer’s Insight

Trainer Todd Pletcher expressed confidence in Antiquarian’s abilities, stating, “I thought his Peter Pan was back to what we were thinking he’s capable of doing. He’s another one I think the mile and a quarter suits.” Pletcher, who has four Belmont wins, is aiming for his fifth with Antiquarian.


Race Details

– Post Position: 5Belmont Stakes Contender Antiquarian

– Odds: 12-1

– Jockey: John Velazquez

– Trainer: Todd Pletcher

– Owner: Centennial Farms

– Career Record: 4-2-1-0

– Career Earnings: $173,000

– Most Recent Race: Peter Pan, May 11 (1st)

– Top Equibase Speed Figure: 101

– Pedigree: Preservationist – Lifetime Memory, by Istan

– Color: Chestnut

– Running Style: Off the pace


Centennial Farms, owned by Don Little, Jr., has been a prominent racing operation since 1982. They previously owned 1993 Belmont winner Colonial Affair. Antiquarian’s sire, Preservationist, and his dam, Lifetime Memory, add depth to his pedigree. 

Antiquarian emerges as a solid underdog. His recent win in the Peter Pan Stakes and consistent career record make him a horse to watch, it offers a strong option for those looking to hit it big with a realistic chance to surprise the racing world.


2024 Belmont Stakes Odds and Contenders
1Seize The GreyJaime TorresD. Wayne LukasMyRacehorse8-1
2ResilienceJunior AlvaradoBill MottEmily Bushnell & Ric Waldman10-1
3Mystik DanBrian Hernandez, Jr.Kenneth McPeekLance Gasaway, 4 G Racing LLC & Daniel Hamby III5-1
4The Wine StewardManny FrancoMike MakerParadise Farms Corp. and Staudacher, David15-1
5AntiquarianJohn VelazquezTodd PletcherCentennial Farms12-1
6DornochLuis SaezDanny GarganWest Paces Racing LLC, R. A. Hill Stable, Belmar Racing and Breeding LLC,   Two Eight Racing LLC & Pine Racing Stable15-1
7ProtectiveTyler GaffalioneTodd PletcherRepole Stable20-1
8Honor MarieFlorent GerouxWhit BeckmanRibble Farms LLC12-1
9Sierra LeoneFlavien PratChad BrownMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Michael B., Smith, Derrick, Westerberg, Rocket   Ship Racing, LLC and Brant, Peter M.9-5
10MindframeIrad Ortiz, Jr.Todd PletcherRepole Stable and St. Elias Stables LLC7-2