Barber Road Should Have a Hard Time Keeping Up in the 2022 Belmont Stakes
The 2022 Belmont Stakes is Saturday, June 11 with post time at 6:49 p.m. EST. Using TVG projections and Horse Racing Nation as a guide, here are the horse profiles for the 1.5-mile “Test of the Champion” at Belmont Park.
As always, check the program for racing information, odds and monitor the weather and track conditions.
(I may reference BRIS and Equibase's Speed Figures, which tells you how fast a horse has been running in each of its races -- adjusted for track, distances, and conditions.)
#8 Barber Road
Morning Line Odds: 10/1
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Trained by John Ortiz and ridden for the first time by two-time Belmont Stakes winner Joel Rosario, Barber Road was installed at 10/1 on the morning line odds.
Barber Road has two wins and four runner-up finishes in nine career starts. He’s been a stone-cold closer in his three-year-old campaign, including rallying from last when going way wide on the far turn to finish sixth in the Kentucky Derby.
Barber Road has been a consistent, hard-trying colt across six consecutive stakes races. He's gone without a win in that span, but he has finished runner-up four times.
He now runs in his ninth straight race without a 45-day break, and Horse Racing Nation and TVG note that nothing in his breeding or pace and speed configurations suggest Barber Road will thrive over the 1.5-mile distance in the Belmont Stakes.
Over the last 15 years, there have been eight Belmont winners who had double-digit odds, but Barber Road offers nearly no chance to pull the upset. Horse Racing Nation gives him a slight chance to finish top-four in the superfecta.