In early advance wagering on the Belmont as of 12:30 p.m., Preakness winner Point Given was the 9-5 favorite. Hard-luck runner Dollar Bill was the second choice at 9-2, followed by Kentucky Derby victor Monarchos and A P Valentine at 5-1. Invisible Ink was being held at 8-1, followed by Thunder Blitz at 10-1, Balto Star at 13-1, Dr Greenfield at 17-1, and Buckle Down Ben at 23-1.
Continuing a week-long trend of perfect weather, Belmont Day dawned sunny with a pleasing, refreshing breeze. Forecasts call for the afternoon to remain sunny with a high of 82. The main track will be fast. New York Racing Association officials, citing a stronger Belmont Stakes field and nicer weather, were anticipating an attendance figure that improves on last year's on-site gathering of 67,000.