The final leg of the U.S. Triple Crown takes place at Belmont Park on June 8 and it will attract a strong field of superstar three-year-olds.
<div><p>There will be no Triple Crown winner this year after Country House was handed victory in a controversial Kentuck Derby result and then War of Will prevailed in the Preakness Stakes. Attention now turns to the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. War Of Will’s trainer, Mark E. Casse, has never previously sent out a starter for this race during his 41-year career. However, he has declared War of Will for the Belmont and it will be fascinating to see if this valiant thoroughbred can triumph.</p><p>He will be the only horse to run in all three legs of the Triple Crown this year. He finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby, four-and-a-half lengths behind 30/1 shot Country House, who was handed victory after <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/horse-racing/trump-furious-after-kentucky-derby-disqualification/89948/" target="_blank" title="Kentuck Derby">winner Maximum Security was disqualified</a>. War of Will struggled in that race due to starting from the inside No. 1 post position. He then went to Baltimore and triumphed in a remarkable Preakness Stakes, despite being handed a rough barrier draw once again. This time he was unfazed by coming out of the No 1 post and he swept into the lead around the final curve and held of the late charge of Everfast to secure victory.</p><h2>Belmont Stakes Odds</h2><p>He is now bidding to become just the 12<sup>th</sup> horse in history to falter in the Kentucky Derby and then go on to win the Preakness and the Belmont. Maximum Security is not competing, nor is Country House. War of Will’s greatest rival could be Country House’s stablemate, Tacitus. He finished third in the Derby, a length clear of War of Will. Tacitus is the favourite, priced at 13/8 with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&f=1" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a>, while War Of Will is best priced at 7/2 with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&f=1" target="_blank" title="Unibet">Unibet</a>. Casse will hope that his charge can turn the tables on Tacitus this time around, and better luck in the barrier draw would help.</p><p>A popular choice among punters right now is Master Fencer, a 12/1 shot with Unibet. The Japanese-bred son of Just a Way did well to finish sixth in the Kentucky Derby, half a length clear of War of Will and just behind Tacitus. “He performed better than we could have hoped [in the Derby], so I gave the trainer and staff the go ahead to prepare for the Belmont,” said trainer Katsumi Yoshizawa. “I think he will have a better chance in the Belmont than he did in the Derby. America’s dirt racing is the best in the world, so I know winning won't be easy but I hope he has a chance to run his race and come home safe and sound.”</p><p>Bookmakers pay a fifth of the odds for second and third in the Belmont, so Master Fencer could be a good each-way option at 12/1. Another good one to back might be Owendale at 13/2. The son of Into Mischief has been on an upward curve this year, winning the Lexington Stakes and then finishing third in the Preakness, behind War of Will and Everfast. He looks well suited to the 12-furlong trip and trainer Brad Cox is on fire right now, ranking fourth in the country for wins and fifth for earnings, with $5.3 million already racked up in 2019. Everfast is also 12/1 for this race.</p></div>