Unraced since he won the Grade 1 Florida Derby on April 1, Eclipse Award winner Forte still picked up where he left off when he was scratched from the Kentucky Derby. He was favored Sunday in one futures market to win Belmont Stakes 2023.

The Violence colt was best-priced at 5-2, actually plus 275, at William Hill U.K., according to the England-based website Oddschecker.com. Carrying a four-race winning streak, Forte was as short as 2-1 at Ladbrokes and slightly longer than that at plus 225 at Coral.

Forte had a 1:00.44 workout covering five furlongs Saturday at Belmont Park and is widely expected to come off the Kentucky veterinarian list within the next week. He was put there because of a foot bruise that led to his being scratched on the morning of the Derby, where he was the early favorite. That diagnosis also made Forte ineligible for last weekend’s Preakness.

Tapit Trice, the seventh-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby who is a stablemate of Forte in the Todd Pletcher barn, was a consensus second choice at 7-2 in the U.K. survey.

Angel of Empire, the Brad Cox-trained colt who was third in the Derby, was the 4-1 third choice for the Belmont, the 1 1/2-mile Triple Crown finale that will be run June 10.

Preakness winner National Treasure was 7-1, and his Bob Baffert stablemate Arabian Lion was 10-1.

The survey comes with the caveat that it does not show an up-to-date list of Belmont contenders. Possible starters Il Miracolo and Tapit Shoes were not on the board, and Kingsbarns still was listed at 20-1 even after he was removed from consideration Saturday because of colic.

Following were the best prices shown Sunday at Oddschecker.com for probable and possible Belmont starters:


 Belmont Stakes 2023 Int’l   Trainer  Last race
Forte 5-2 Todd Pletcher   1st Fla. Derby (G1)
Tapit Trice 7-2 Todd Pletcher   7th Kentucky Derby
Angel of Empire 4-1 Brad Cox   3rd Kentucky Derby
National Treasure 7-1 Bob Baffert   1st Preakness
Arabian Lion 10-1 Bob Baffert   1st Sir Barton
Arcangelo 14-1 Jena Antonucci   1st Peter Pan (G3)
Hit Show 16-1 Brad Cox   5th Kentucky Derby
Raise Cain 20-1 Ben Colebrook   8th Kentucky Derby
Red Route One 20-1 Steve Asmussen   4th Preakness
Reincarnate 25-1 Bob Baffert 13th Kentucky Derby
Prove Worthy 33-1 Todd Pletcher   1st MSW at CD
Il Miracolo Antonio Sano   1st alw OC at GP
Tapit Shoes Brad Cox  2nd Bath House Row