Belmont Diary, 1:40 PM. June 5.

Two days till the race. Decent vibe around the track. Still feels like the hour before a big party — lots of setting up.

Much talk about the big day on Saturday. The question: is this a bigger day than the Breeders’ Cup? Close — perhaps the only thing missing is the great juveniles. The Easy Goer — with some late developing 3 year olds — should fill that gap. The biggest question has to be the Phipps. Is Beholder better, or do you absolutely need to include Princess of Slymar and Close Hatches.

Full Belmont Stakes Preview will be available early tomorrow afternoon.