In just a few hours the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes will take place at Belmont Park in New York. The event is scheduled for a start time of 6:52 pm (EST) and will be televised on NBC. There are several Contenders in the event, including Wicked Strong, who will start in the 9th slot and has been installed as 6/1 Odds to win the Belmont Stakes.
Wicked Strong: Record: 2-1-1 in 7 Races. Trainer: James Jerkens. Jockey: Rajiv Maragh. Sire: Hard Spun. Dam: Moyne Abbey. Best Beyer Speed: 104
Wicked Strong’s first victory was in a 1-mile maiden race at Belmont last Oct. 26. His only other win came April 5, at the Wood Memorial. That race also was held in New York, not 10 miles from Belmont at Aqueduct. That race also produced his best Beyer speed, which is at 104. This will be the fourth time that Centennial Farms has had a horse in the Belmont. Its first entry, Colonial Affair, came home a winner in 1993. The next year, Signal Tap ran fourth, and in 2005, Reverberate was 10th.
Wicked strong is sired by Hard Spun, who was a standout member of a very good 2007 3-year-old class, posting a strong runner-up effort in the Derby behind Street Sense and also finishing third in the Preakness and second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, both won by Curlin.
Wicked strong will be rode by Rajiv Maragh, who took 3rd in the Kentucky Derby back in 2011, while riding Mucho Macho Man and finished 4th in this year's Kentucky Derby. Maragh also rode Wicked Strong to victory in this year’s Grade 1 TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial. He was seventh in the 2009 Belmont with Brave Victory and 12th in 2011 with Isn’t He Perfect. Maragh also rode Uptowncharlybrown, who was unplaced in the 2010 Belmont.
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Belmont Stakes Preview: Wicked Strong
What horse racing bettors need to know about betting Wicked Strong in the Belmont Stakes, which takes place on Saturday (6/07/14)- With insight from Pregame.com's Chuck Edel & host Marco D'Angelo.