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Which Belmont Stakes Contenders Can Beat Rombauer

Written by:
Don Shapiro
Published on:
May/31/2021

Preakness Stakes winner Rombauer (paying out $50 for every $10 bet should he win) will take on a competitive field at this yea'rs Belmont Stakes that includes horses that have beaten him in the past.

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2021 Belmont Stakes Contenders, Odds

Essential Quality 7-2
Hot Rod Charlie 9-2
Rombauer 5-1
Rock Your World 6-1
Known Agenda 9-1
Rebel's Romance 11-1
Promise Keeper 15-1
Keepmeinmind 20-1
Bourbonic 26-1
France Go de Ina 28-1
Overtook 30-1

Rombauer's Competitors

Rombauer faces a stronger field than what he encountered in this year's Preakness Stakes race.

They include six Kentucky Derby entries that skipped the Preakness as well as three holdovers from that race and two entirely new entrants.

Kentucky Derby favorite Essential Quality is running as is Hot Rod Charlie, who finished third in the Kentucky Derby, one place ahead of Essential Quality.

Hot Rod Charlie will be ridden on Saturday by Flavien Pratt, who was aboard Rombauer in the Preakness victory.

Essential Quality won the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes as a Kentucky Derby warmup on April 3. Rombauer finished third in that race – 5.5 lengths behind the winner.

Essential Quality also finished ahead of Rombauer in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 6.

Florida Derby winner Known Agenda and Santa Anita Derby winner Rock Your World will also be running.  Both had poor showings in this year's Kentucky Derby.

Time and Where to Watch

The 2021 Belmont Stakes has a scheduled post time of 6:47 p.m. EST Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. NBC will televise the race.

This year’s Belmont Stakes will return to the tradition distance of 12 furlongs (1.5 miles) after being contested at 9 furlongs in 2020.

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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