Who Is Tacitus? Everything You Need to Know about Belmont Favorite

Two weeks after skipping the Preakness Stakes, Tacitus enters the Belmont Stakes as the bookmakers' favorite.

The Juddmonte Farms' horse has not raced since the Kentucky Derby, when he finished fourth but was moved up to third after Maximum Security was stripped of his title.

Tacitus is a 9/5 favorite to win on Saturday, with Preakness Stakes' winner War of Will second-favorite at 2/1.

"I guess [the odds are] fair," trainer Bill Mott told Blood Horse.

"There's a lot to like about both horses. I know War of Will is a good horse. We ran against him in Louisiana a couple of times and I know he's a talented horse."

The three-year-old Colt, a homebred son of Tapit, was considered to better than Country House, the other Mott-trained horse that entered the Kentucky Derby last month.

Ridden by Jose Ortiz, Tacitus went off at 6/1 on the day of the race, while Country House was a 65-1 outsider.

Both horses benefited from Maximum Security's disqualification, with Tacitus being promoted to the podium while Country House was declared the winner.

The shock win prompted a change of strategy from Mott, who opted to rest Tacitus in the Preakness Stakes.

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Belmont Stakes contender Tacitus trains prior to the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 4 in Elmont, New York. Getty/Al Bello

"Had Tacitus won the Kentucky Derby, I would suppose we would have taken a chance in the Preakness, but we didn't feel like we wanted to run him back in two weeks," the Hall of Fame trainer told the Los Angeles Times.

Aside from the Kentucky Derby, Tacitus, who will break from gate number 10 on Saturday, finished first in both of the previous meetings he entered. In March he won the Tampa Bay Derby and a month later he triumphed in the Wood Memorial Stakes.

In both races, Tacitus rallied from behind to finish ahead of the pack and showed similar qualities as he surged through the field to finish third at the Kentucky Derby.

On Saturday, Tacitus will again be ridden by Ortiz, who won the Belmont Stakes in 2017 and won the Kentucky Oaks earlier this year.

The horse will break from gate number 10 but Mott doesn't believe the outside post will be a problem for horse and jockey.

"I feel the field will spread out. It won't bunch up like a turf race," he told Blood Horse.

"You hope it allows everyone to move in and get a decent trip around the first turn. Nobody wants to be 10-wide on the first turn, but you would have to think there's a certain amount of speed that will spread things out."

Mott last trained a Belmont Stakes winner in 2010, when 12-1 outsider Drosselmeyer won ahead of Fly Down and First Dude.

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