Belmont Stakes: 2-time winner Rosario will ride Barber Road
In both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, Rosario finished second as the favorite aboard Epicenter.
Barber Road, who skipped the Preakness, rallied to be sixth in the Kentucky Derby under Reylu Gutierrez.
Rosario's agent, Ron Anderson, confirmed the Belmont commitment aboard Barber Road on Saturday.
"Part of my job is to run in these high-profile races and Epicenter wasn't running back," Anderson told
Horse Racing Nation
I tried a couple of people and knocked on the door and that one answered.
Barber Road is winless in five starts this year for trainer John Ortiz,
but has been runner-up in three stakes including the Arkansas Derby (G1).
In the Kentucky Derby, Barber Road was last of 20 after a quarter mile and still in 14th with 440 yards to go.
The chart notes Barber Road went "11-wide" at the quarter pole and rallied "mildly" through the lane to be beaten less than five lengths.