Report: Japan’s Epicharis Confirmed For Belmont Stakes

Japan’s Epicharis, who qualified to run in the Kentucky Derby off his victory in the Hyacinth Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse in February, has been confirmed as a starter for the Belmont Stakes June 10.

The Daily Racing Form reports that should the 3-year-old colt by Gold Allure win the Belmont, he would earn a $ 1 million bonus from NYRA, which is offering a bonus for any Japanese-based horse that wins the 12-furlong classic.

According to the Form, the Belmont Stakes will become the first Triple Crown race to be offered for wagering in Japan. That wagering will be conducted through a separate, non-commingled pool.

Epicharis won his first four starts before finishing a close second to Thunder Snow in the G2 UAE Derby.

Epicharis, who is expected to ship to Belmont on June 1, will be ridden by Christophe Lemaire.

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