Outstanding Belmont Stakes Betting Insights
On June 6, all eyes will be on the Belmont Stakes, which takes place at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, as American Pharoah tries to become the first horse to win the elusive Triple Crown since Affirmed did it in 1978.
This will be the second consecutive year that a horse has the opportunity to complete the Triple Crown, last year, California Chrome fell short, finishing 4th due to an injury he sustained when leaving the gate. Usually, there are a lot of wagers placed on horse racing events, but this year, there will be more wagers placed because American Pharoah has a good chance to win the Triple Crown, so we are providing you with Belmont Stakes betting tips.
The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the Triple Crown races, it was first run in 1867, and this year’s race will be the 147th. It is also known as “The Test of The Champion,” because it is the longest race of all three races, which makes it harder for a horse that won the first two races to win it.
In terms of popularity, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes are the most popular of the three races, which is largely due to the fact that by the time the Belmont comes around, fewer people pay attention unless there is a horse with a chance of winning the Triple Crown.
This is why the race has historically drawn big crowds when there is a Triple Crown contender. The largest attendance in the History of the race was in 2004, when 120,139 people showed up to watch Smarty Jones try to complete the Triple Crown. In 2015, the New York Racing Association decided to cap the attendance at 90,000 people, to reduce the parking and restroom problems that arise from having larger crowds.
Here is a list of some of the most recent Belmont Stakes winners.
- 2014: Tonalist.
- 2013: Palace Malice.
- 2012: Union Rags.
- 2011: Ruler on Ice.
- 2010: Drosselmeyer.
- 2009: Summer Bird.
- 2008: Da’Tara.
- 2007: Rags to Riches.
- 2006: Jazil.
- 2005: Afleet Alex.
- 2004: Birdstone.
- 2003: Empire Maker.
- 2002: Sarava.
- 2001: Point Given.
- 2000: Commendable.
One of the reasons that it has been difficult for the winners of the Derby and Preakness to win the Belmont is the fact that they have to run three races in a little over a month, which doesn’t give them enough time to rest.
These horses also have to contend with some lingering injuries, and other horses that haven’t had to run in the two previous races, making them fresher than the horses that ran the two races.
If you have been following the Triple Crown races this year, you should be familiar with some of the Belmont contenders, which should make it easier for you to do some Belmont Stakes betting. Here are some of the top contenders at the Belmont this year.
He is the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, which makes him the favorite at the Belmont. At the Kentucky Derby, he was able to come from behind and still managed to win the race very comfortably.
At the Preakness, he didn’t need to rally, as he took control of the race early, and won by a large margin. His trainer will be hoping that he still has a lot left in the tank, because this will be the toughest race he has been in all year. He will also have stiffer competition than he did in the Preakness, because the horses that didn’t participate in that race will be ready to go at Belmont Park.
American Pharoah’s Jockey is Victor Espinoza, who was also the jockey that rode California Chrome last year. He will be trying to avoid the same fate as last year by winning the Belmont Stakes for the first time in his career.
The early odds of American Pharoah winning the Belmont is 1-1. If you are betting on horses at the Belmont, he is the safest pick.
Despite the fact that he finished sixth at the Kentucky Derby, Materiality is one of the top contenders at the Belmont Stakes, because he does well in long distance races, and he is sired by 2005 Belmont winner Afleet Alex.
He did not run in the Preakness because his trainers wanted to rest him up for this race, and they will be hoping that the time off helps him win the race. Prior to the Derby, he had won three races, and will be trying to get back to his winning ways at the Belmont.
Materiality is jockeyed by Javier Castellano, who has been the top earning jockey in the past two years. His only Triple Crown win came in 2006, when he won the Preakness, and he will be hoping to win the Belmont for the first time, and ruin American Pharoah’s bid to become the Triple Crown winner.
Materiality’s odds of winning the Belmont is currently 15-2. If you are doing dome Belmont betting, and don’t want to go with American Pharoah, he is the next best bet.
Frosted had a decent showing at the Kentucky Derby, finishing 4th in the race. Like Materiality, he also didn’t participate in the Preakness Stakes in order to rest up for the Belmont.
He is considered a contender at the Belmont because he has been very successful in his short career, with two 1st place finishes, four 2nd place finishes, and two 4th place finishes in eight races.
Frosted is jockeyed by Joel Rosario, who won the Belmont last year with Tonalist. Rosario also won the Kentucky Derby in 2013, and will be going for his 3rd Triple Crown race win in as many years. Frosted’s odds of winning the Belmont is 5-1.
Going into the Kentucky Derby, Carpe Diem was one of the favorites, after winning four of his first five races, and finishing 2nd in the race he didn’t win.
He finished a disappointing 10th in the Kentucky Derby, and his trainers are hoping he will be able to bounce back with a win at Belmont Park.
Carpe Diem is jockeyed by John Velasquez, who won the Belmont in 2007 and 2012. Velasquez also won the Kentucky Derby in 2011, and will be hoping to add a third win at the Belmont Stakes to his impressive resume. Carpe Diem’s odds of winning the Belmont is 16-1.
Each one of these horses has a very good chance of winning the Belmont Stakes, especially the horses that got the extra time off to rest after the Kentucky Derby, which makes it difficult to pick a winner.
For those that are going to bet on Belmont Stakes, American Pharoah has been in a class of his own during these past few weeks, which makes it hard to bet against him, so I’m picking him to win the Belmont Stakes and complete the Triple Crown.