Judging by the will pays in the Belmont Gold Cup-Belmont Stakes double, Essential Quality will be a heavy favorite in the June 5 final jewel of the Triple Crown with Rock Your World a narrow second choice.
The will pays from the double, which started with favored Baron Samedi winning the Gold Cup and paying $4.60 to win, are:
2-Essential Quality $5.70
4-Hot Rod Charlie $16.50
5-France Go de Ina $171.75
6-Known Agenda $17.30
7-Rock Your World $14
As of 10:25 a.m. ET June 5, Essential Quality was the 2-1 favorite in the win pool for the Belmont from a pool of over $1.2 million. Hot Rod Charlie was the second choice at 7-2, followed by Rock Your World at 4-1 and Known Agenda at 9-2. Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Rombauer was 8-1.