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Belmont runners do battle amid Maximum hangover.

AMERICAN DREAM WHILE were getting ourselves excited about the prospect of Justify winning the Belmont Stakes (11.37) and, in doing so, the US Triple Crown this time last year, there is more of a subdued feeling around the race this season.

Undoubtedly this is in part due to the hangover from the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the series, when Maximum Security was disqualified and first place instead awarded to Country House. Gary West, owner of Maximum Security, continues to threaten legal action over the result and has challenged the owners of the horses interfered with to a series of $5 million match races to prove his horse is the best.

Neither Country House or Maximum Security are in action in the Belmont Stakes, but War Of Will, one of those hampered at Churchill Downs and winner of the Preakness Stakes, will be lining up. His rivals include Tacitus, off since finishing third in Louisville, and Master Fencer, who is attempting to become the first Japanese-trained winner of a Triple Crown race.

Seven more Grade 1s take place on a top New York card.

BELMONT STAKES 99

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 8, 2019
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