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Irap - 149 Belmont Stakes Starter

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Irap – Possible Belmont Stakes Contender

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The 149 Belmont Stakes is restricted to only 16 Belmont Stakes runners and will run on Saturday, June 10, 2017, for the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Here is the latest look at Irap, one of the contenders for the 2017 Belmont Stakes to be run at Belmont Park.

Irap Belmont Stakes Bio

Owner: Reddam Racing LLC

Trainer: Doug O'Neill

Pedigree: Tiznow – Silken Cat, by Storm Cat

Last Race Result: 18th Place, Kentucky Derby, 5/6/17

Irap Career Statistics

Starts: 9

Wins: 1

Places: 3

Shows: 1

Earnings: $772,600

Irap Belmont Stakes Odds

Sometimes you catch lightning in a bottle. It really looks as if Irap did just that at the Blue Grass Stakes in April, beating a pretty darn good field of seven three-year olds for his first ever victory. Irap was 31 to 1 that day, and he came back at the Kentucky Derby and predictably finished 18th amongst the 20 horses in the field after being lined at 41 to 1. Most didn't believe that Irap had any chance whatsoever against the big boys, and that was absolutely the proper sentiment.

But here at the Belmont Stakes, Irap is only set at +1400 for the time being. There's no guarantee he'll be any worse when the morning line odds come out, but most horse racing pundits would probably suspect Irap to be at least a 20 to 1, if not closer to a 30 to 1 choice by the time the ponies go to post in the "Test of Champions."

Irap Belmont Stakes Analysis

Most great championship horses don't lose eight times in their career, let alone eight times before heading to the Belmont Stakes. Finishing third to last amongst all entrants and second to last amongst the actual finishers of the Kentucky Derby isn't what really bothers up with Irap. He had a bad run, got bumped around a bit and generally had an outside trip the whole way.

What bothers us is the fact that he's got just one win that looks more and more fluky as time goes on. We're still not sure what the heck got Irap into the Blue Grass Stakes or Sunland Derby. He ran in the Los Alamitos Futurity last December and was second best in that race, and we suppose that was a good enough result. But he failed in three maiden races, was fourth best at the Sunland Derby and then had the stinker at Churchill Downs.

Irap really just has no identity at the moment. He's built like a horse that needs to go wire-to-wire to win, but we just don't see him doing that against the likes of Classic Empire, Epicharis, Irish War Cry and the rest of the top three-year olds in the field. The only possible justification for Irap (unless the price ends up being astronomical) is that he might have good enough breeding to carry him the mile and a half. We really don't know if Irap can handle the distance or not, but he was a turf horse at the start of his career, and typically, the turfers are better at handling longer distances later in their careers.

Still, there's not a lot here to like. This is one where Doug O'Neill is just trying to pull a rabbit out of his hat with a horse he probably knows deep down isn't good enough to be running at the Grade 1 level in his career. It was a nice story at the Blue Grass Stakes, and it's hard to argue that he didn't earn his spot in the Derby field when he did amass those 100 points in one shot. But one-race wonders happen all the time. It might end up being the case with Always Dreaming in the end, and we think there's enough data here already to suggest that this is the case with Irap as well.

With a maximum of 16 horses accepted into the Belmont Stakes field, there is a significant vetting process to qualify the horses among this group of three-year olds. Horses which finished in the top four at either the Kentucky Derby or Preakness Stakes are guaranteed entry into the Belmont Stakes, while the other starters are placed in the field based on earnings in graded stakes races and non-restricted sweepstakes races.

Belmont Stakes (G1), Saturday, June 10th, 2017 Entries

Belmont Stakes post positions and morning line odds for all horses in the field, will be updated until the day of the race.

Belmont Stakes Entries American Odds Fractional Odds
Classic Empire +140 7/5
Epicharis +380 19/5
Lookin at Lee +380 19/5
Senior Investment +580 29/5
Gormley +1000 10/1
Irap +1000 10/1
Always Dreaming +400 4/1
Bonus Points +3000 30/1
Cloud Computing +400 4/1
Conquest Mo Money +1500 15/1
Girvin +1200 12/1
Master Plan +2500 25/1
Meantime +2200 22/1
Multiplier +2000 20/1
Patch +1500 15/1
Tapwrit +800 8/1
Time To Travel +3500 35/1
True Timber +3500 35/1
Twisted Tom +2500 25/1
West Coast +2200 22/1

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