By Jenny Keller
Under high weight of 123 pounds including Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, 2014 Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist has been made the 3-5 favorite over five foes for Saturday’s Grade 2, $500,000 Suburban Handicap, one of six graded stakes on the second annual Star & Stripes Day at Belmont Park.
The 1 ¼-mile Suburban will be run as race 9 of 11 on the Independence Day card and will be televised on NBC from 5-6 p.m. along with the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational.
The 4-year-old Tonalist, who is 4-for-5 at his home track – all in graded stakes – will be shedding blinkers as he looks to rebound from his only loss at Belmont, a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on Belmont Stakes Day. Last year, the Tapit colt won the… Read the rest of this entry >>