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Get to know Belmont Stakes Contender

Owner: Juddmonte Farms, Inc.
Trainer: Bill Mott
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

2018 Maiden Win Replay

Get to Know Hofburg

Sire: Tapit (Pulpit)
Dam: Soothing Touch (Touch Gold)
Foaled: February 11, 2015
Breeder: Juddmonte Farms, Inc.

Starts: 4
Wins: 1
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $227,950

Bettors’ Edge

By Jeremy Plonk

Hofburg: Sire Tapit has been represented by 3 of the last 4 winners of the Belmont Stakes, and no one will be stunned if that streak continues via the late-running Hofburg. He traveled through the wire best of all in Louisville after a troubled trip. He’s a maternal grandson of Belmont winner Touch Gold, and his trainer Bill Mott scored his race in 2010 with Drosselmeyer. Keep in mind that half of the 18 Belmont winners this new millennium were horses who ran in the Derby and skipped the Preakness. Value will be the key estimation for gamblers. Yes, we like his win chances. But Hofburg has yet to win a stakes race and deep closers generally don’t fare best at Belmont. Despite much pre-race talk in the racing media, he was a shocking 27-1 to me in the Derby. With a Triple Crown on the line and more casual money in the win pool than a typical Belmont Stakes, that could benefit Hofburg like it did in the Derby, price-wise. He may be closer to 10-1 than the shorter price most think he will (and should) be.



June 3: Hofburg Workout

Hofburg, 5 Furlongs in 1:01.03, and Good Samaritan, 4 Furlongs in :48.21, worked at Saratoga on June 3rd, 2018, for trainer Bill Mott. Hofburg will make his next start in the Belmont Stakes. Footage C...

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May 25: Hofburg Workout

Hofburg worked 6 Furlongs in 1:13.43 at Saratoga on May 25th, 2018, for trainer Bill Mott. Hofburg will make his next start in the Belmont Stakes....

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April 29: Hofburg Workout

Hofburg, who drew post 9 in the Kentucky Derby, worked 4 furlongs in :48.20 on April 29th, 2018 at Churchill Downs for trainer Bill Mott....

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Hofburg Race History

Date Race Track Finish
May 5, 2018 Kentucky Derby (G1) Churchill Downs 7th
March 31, 2018 Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) Gulfstream Park 2nd
March 3, 2018 Maiden Gulfstream Park 1st
September 2, 2017 Maiden Saratoga 4th