My pick to win this year's Triple Crown, Nyquist, will not run in the Belmont due to illness. The Daily Racing Forum reported Nyquist has an elevated white-blood-cell count and would be put on stronger antibiotics to treat the illness. He'll return to California when he’s healthy.  So, I guess now I'll cheer for the favorite, Exaggerator. After all, he did beat Nyquist in the Preakness and has all the gears to run in the 1-1/2 mile, $1.5-million contest.

Cherry Wine is also on my radar just because he did so well in the Preakness. There is nothing scientific in my selection.  I love all the horses.

Post time: Saturday at 4:37 p.m.Mountian Time on NBC

2016 Belmont Stakes: Position, Horse (Opening odds)

1. Governor Malibu (12-1)

2. Destin (6-1)

 3. Cherry Wine (8-1) 

4. Suddenbreakingnews (10-1)

5. Stradivari (5-1)

6. Gettysburg (30-1)

7. Seeking the Soul (30-1)

8. Forever d’Oro (30-1

9. Trojan Nation (30-1)

10. Lani (20-1)

11. Exaggerator (9-5)

12. Brody’s Cause (20-1) 

13. Creator (10-1)