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Japan's Epicharis scratched from Belmont Stakes

Tapwrit with jockey Jose Ortiz celebrates after winning the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park

The Triple Crown's final leg rarely bodes well for the favorites anyway.

The finish line at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. That was back in 2006 when the Derby victor (Barbaro) and the Preakness victor (Bernardini) skipped the Belmont. His pedigree suggests that the 1 1/2-mile distance won't be an issue either. Having Brown and Castellano in his corner only helps.

In regards to Rovell's tweets, I completely and 100 percent agree with him. It's a sport that derives much of its magic from legendary horses that have circled its tracks like Secretariat, Affirmed and most recently American Pharoah. At this year's Kentucky Derby, Demling won his ninth straight Derby-Oaks double - he called the winners of both races for the ninth straight year. Tapwrit had a rough start in the Kentucky Derby and found himself farther off the pace than usual before rallying down the homestretch. "He breezed well last weekend, and I felt he needed to be here".

Drape: Here's your Ohio Derby victor. Todd Pletcher, who won the Derby, has 6-1 Tapwrit, who was sixth in the Derby, and the one-eyed Patch (14th), who is 12-1 on the morning line. With him out, we're left with a 12-horse puzzle featuring contenders with serious questions and new faces with a lot to prove. A sound horse has no lameness or illness, so Gyarmati said she looks for signs of limping or lameness.

Belmont Stakes hopeful Multiplier gallops around the track during a workout, Friday, June 9, 2017, in Elmont, N.Y. Multiplier will compete in the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday. Irad Ortiz is one of the best jockeys in the business, and he will once again be atop of Lookin at Lee Saturday afternoon.

Drape: Here's your Indiana Derby victor. He was second in the Derby and fourth in the Preakness. But one has to wonder if the grueling campaign has taken a toll. Even as Cloud Computing slipped past Classic Empire for a heart-stopping, don't-even-blink victory at Pimlico, that fact lingered in the background. His father, Curlin, was second at the 2007 Belmont. When he's on, he's among the best of this crop, and I'm betting he will return to form.

Now, another race on the card to look for is the Ogden Phipps, which goes of at 1:52 p.m.in NY (10:52 in L.A.). Matt Carothers had him as his Money Back Special pick but he's getting paid. But was he aided by the sloppy conditions?

As a horse exercises, its trainer keep her ear to the ground for its soundness - not the creature's whinny, but its overall health. But he won't be anywhere to be found at the finish. Before that, he won the Illinois Derby.

Lookin at Lee finished second in the Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Preakness Stakes.

I have no strong opinion about the potential Belmont victor as none would be a great surprise given that even the best of the bunch have been inconsistent.

Epicharis was scratched from Saturday's Belmont Stakes after failing to pass the prerace veterinary exam performed by Anthony Verderosa, the chief examining veterinarian for the New York Racing Association. Since there is no shot at the Triple Crow, the purse isn't exactly enticing enough to pull the horse into a third race into a grueling schedule. He's instead a cautious favorite above Epicharis, who is not certain to compete.