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Five Join Rich Strike On List Of Probable Starters For Belmont Stakes

Rich Strike wins the Kentucky Derby

With the $1.5-million Belmont Stakes (G1) set for June 11, the New York Racing Association has released a list of likely starters as well as several possible for the third jewel of the Triple Crown.

The list of six probables for the 1 1/2-mile classic is topped by upset Kentucky Derby winner (G1) Rich Strike, trained by Eric Reed.

Bypassing the Belmont are Early Voting and Epicenter, the respective winner and runner-up of the Preakness Stakes (G1).

The other likely starters are Preakness Stakes third-place finisher Creative Minister (Ken McPeek), Kentucky Derby fifth-place finisher Mo Donegal, Kentucky Derby sixth-place finisher Barber Road (John Ortiz), Peter Pan Stakes (G2) winner We the People (Rodolphe Brisset), and Peter Pan runner-up Golden Glider (Mark Casse).

Among four listed as possible starters are Sir Barton Stakes winner Ethereal Road (D. Wayne Lukas), Kentucky Oaks (G1) runner-up Nest (Pletcher), Preakness fifth-place finisher Skippylongstocking (Saffie Joseph Jr.), and Peter Pan fourth-place finisher Western River (Brisset).

The Belmont anchors nine graded stakes on the June 11 card, including the $1 million Hill 'n' Dale Metropolitan Handicap (G1).

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