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Betting guide for the 153rd Belmont Stakes

Essential Quality was listed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Belmont. Zach Bolinger/Getty Images

The 153rd Belmont Stakes marks the final leg of the Triple Crown. Essential Quality, who finished fourth as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's race. Post time is 6:49 p.m. ET. Rombauer upset Medina Spirit, winner (for now) of the Kentucky Derby, to take the Preakness.

Here is a breakdown of every horse in the Belmont Stakes, suggested plays and picks.

Note: Horses listed in order of post position (trainer, jockey in parentheses).


Chris Fallica's guide to the field

1. Bourbonic (Todd Pletcher, Kendrick Carmouche) 15-1

Broke maiden for $50K, couldn't win a first level optional claimer at Parx, then shocked everyone by winning the Wood at 72-1. Predictably was a nonfactor in the Derby and certainly isn't a win contender here. It's not a big field, so use the all button for third in the trifecta and see if he can clunk up for a piece.