Rich Strike, We The People Headline Field Looks To Win “The Test Of The Champion” – OutKick

The third and final jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown might be the longest at twelve furlongs, but has a chance to feature some history.

If the 2022 Belmont Stakes favorite crosses the finish line on the first Saturday, it will be the third straight year in which the favorite has won the event, tying the longest streak for five in a row from 1923 to 1927. The Betting favorite We The People could very well be just the horse to extend the streak, with odds of 2-1 to win.


We The People won at Belmont Park last month in the Peter Pan Stakes, avenging their 7th place finish at the Arkansas Derby in April. Flavien Prat, one of the best jockeys in the world, will be at the top of We The People. Prat led Country House to victory in the 2019 Kentucky Derby and Rombauer in the 2021 Preakness Stakes. Prat will look to complete his personal triple crown by surviving the field at Big Sandy.

“I don’t look at the odds, but it makes sense,” We the People coach Rodolphe Brisset said on Tuesday.

Rich Strike returns to the field, just over a month away from his thrilling and unexpected victory in the 2022 Kentucky Derby. Entering the race just 30 minutes before the deadline, Rich Strike had the lowest odds of winning , but outlasted co-favorites Epicenter and Zandon to stun Churchill Downs.

Louisville, Kentucky – May 7, 2022: Rich Strike crosses the finish line first to win the 148th Annual Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Rich Strike did not run the Preakness Stakes, as owner Rick Dawson said he wanted to give his horse more rest in preparation for the Belmont Stakes.

“I think the corner to go home, if he’s close enough, he’ll have a really good chance,” Rich Strike coach Eric Reed said. “It’s definitely not a race where you want to come back from far, far.”

With Rich Strike off the field on May 21, there was an opportunity for another horse to step in. It ended up being Early Voting, which won’t compete on Saturday.

Epicenter, who finished second in the previous two Triple Crown races, is also not in the pack, making it one of the most unpredictable champs to date.

The eight-horse champ will roll out of doors at approximately 6:49 p.m. ET on NBC from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.

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