Stroll, will face stiff competition from post 3, where Senor Swinger will be making his first start at Belmont for owners Robert and Beverly Lewis. Trained by Bob Baffert and bred by Bob Ackerman in Kentucky, Senor Swinger finished seventh in the Aug. 14 Arlington Million (gr. IT), after winning the June 27 Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT), both at 1 1/4 miles.
"He came straight here from the Arlington Million," said Tonja Terranova, who oversees Baffert's horses in New York. "He's a very nice horse. In California, Fairplex is running now, so there was really nothing out there for him." Fairplex Park has a five-eighths mile dirt oval with no turf course.Jockey Edgar Prado will ride Senor Swinger for the first time since January of last year. The colt will carry 117 pounds.Hotstufanthensome, B.A. Way, and Gulf Approval will round out the field of 3-year-olds and up. Gygistar and Colita were entered for the main track only.The Floral Park, Belmont Breeders' Cup, and the Jerome will go, respectively, as races seven, eight and nine on the 10-race live card. The Floral Park (4:08 p.m. post time) will kick off a $400,000 guaranteed Pick 4 on races seven through ten.
The field for Saturday's Grade II, $200,000 Belmont Breeders' CupPP--Horse -- Trainer--Jockey -- Weight1--Stroll, Bill Mott, Cornelio Velasquez, 120
2--B. A. Way, Richard Violette Jr., Shaun Bridgmohan, 113
3--Senor Swinger, Bob Baffert, Edgar Prado, 117
4--Hotstufanthensome, Norman Pointer, Chris DeCarlo, 112
5--Gulch Approval, Nick Zito, Corey Nakatani, 115
6--mto -- Gygistar, Mark Hennig, no rider, 123
7--mto--Colita , Todd Pletcher, Corey Nakatani, 120