Mindframe Surprising at Belmont Stakes

Mindframe, a colt by Constitution, has been nothing short of spectacular so far. With just two starts, he has secured two wins by a combined margin of 21 1/4 lengths. Trainer Todd Pletcher and co-owner Mike Repole have high hopes for Mindframe, who will make his third start in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

Mindframe’s dominant performances include breaking his maiden by 13 3/4 lengths on the same day his stablemate Fierceness dominated the GI Florida Derby. He followed that with a 7 1/2-length victory in an allowance optional claimer on GI Kentucky Derby day. Despite his limited experience, Mindframe was made the 7-2 second choice by New York Racing Association linemaker David Aragona.

 

Betting on Mindframe

For those planning to bet on horses, Mindframe presents underdog status Belmont Stakes odds. Trainer Todd Pletcher and co-owner Mike Repole are confident that Mindframe, despite his inexperience, will makeBelmont Stakes Contender Mindframe a credible showing in the 1 1/4-mile Belmont.Β 

Repole stated, β€œIf he wins this race, we might have something really special, something we haven’t seen too many times.” Mindframe will take the ninth pole position with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. on board, making his stakes race debut.

In addition to Mindframe, other notable entries in the Belmont Stakes include horses with significant Graded Stakes experience. Sierra Leone, the 9-5 morning line favorite trained by Chad Brown, narrowly missed winning the Kentucky Derby, losing by a nose to Mystik Dan.Β 

Brown, who grew up near Saratoga, remains focused and unfazed by the added pressure. β€œI don’t approach the race any different,” Brown said. β€œYou have to be prepared for anything if you are going to play at the top of any sport.”

 

The Journey of Fierceness

Meanwhile, Fierceness, the well-beaten favorite in the Kentucky Derby, continues to be a work in progress. Trainer Todd Pletcher decided to skip the Belmont Stakes for Fierceness, aiming instead for the G1 Haskell Invitational S. at Monmouth Park on July 20.Β 

β€œHe has been brilliant at times,” Pletcher noted, acknowledging the colt’s inconsistency. Owner Mike Repole added, β€œHe is a horse that needs more time between races. We are not giving up on Fierceness.”

 

The Legacy of D. Wayne Lukas

Belmont Stakes Contenders: Seize the Grey

 

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas feels the love as he prepares Preakness winner Seize the Grey for the Belmont Stakes. At 88 years old, Lukas is no stranger to Triple Crown race victories, with 15 under his belt. Seize the Grey, who has shown improvement since the Preakness, will be a key contender in the Belmont.

β€œMy horse has actually gotten better,” Lukas said. β€œI would not have been afraid to run him last Saturday.”

 

2024 Belmont Stakes Odds and Contenders
PPHorseJockeyTrainerOwnerOdds
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