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2020 Belmont Stakes Betting Odds

2020 Belmont Stakes Betting Odds

June 20 will gather all eyes on Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, when, for the first time in Triple Crown history, the Belmont Stakes open the Triple Crown.

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Usually, the race that defines if a horse wins or not the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes betting takes a different turn as now the candidates are widened. By being the first Jewel ran, many horses can win and jump into Triple Crown contention.

The Belmont Stakes is the oldest Triple Crown race. Its first run was back in 1867, and this year's race will be the 152nd edition of it. The track is also known as "The Test of The Champion," because it is the longest race of all three races, making it harder for a horse to win the first two races.

Nonetheless, this won't be the case for this year as the length was reduced from 1 ½ mile to 1 1/8 miles for 2020 since 3-year-olds haven't been able to build stamina with the customary racing calendar this spring, making Belmont Stakes to pass from the longest to the shortest race in the Triple Crown.

Popularity-wise, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes are the most popular of the three races because, in normality, by the time the Belmont is run, less attention is paid unless there is a horse with a chance of winning the Triple Crown. This time, Belmont is the one to shine bright.

This race has historically drawn big crowds when there is a Triple Crown contender, but this year everything is different, as they start the event rather than closing it. The largest attendance in the history of the race was in 2004 when more than 120 thousand fans showed up to see if Smarty Jones could complete the Triple Crown.

In 2015, the New York Racing Association decided to cap the attendance at 90,000 people, due to the logistic problems that having more massive crowds caused.

 

Here is a list of Belmont Stakes winners in the XXI Century.

  • 2019: Sir Winston
  • 2018: Justify
  • 2017: Tapwrit
  • 2016: Creator
  • 2015: American Pharoah
  • 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.

Typically hampered by fatigue or lingering injuries, the three-year-old horses struggle to compete on Belmont. But now, after the reschedule, the equines will be healthy, ready to go and enjoy a shortened route so they can give a high-paced race to contend not only for Belmont for the winner to try and capture the Triple Crown as well.

 

Belmont Stakes betting is quite different this year due to all the reasons previously mentioned. Also, no horses come with any momentum of sorts as not many races are being held nor the top contenders are running, they are preparing physically for the race. Here are the top contenders at the Belmont this year.

Tiz The Law

The Colt owned by Sackatoga Stable is undefeated in 2020 with two starts and two victories. Its last race was on March 28 at the Curlin Florida Derby.

The considerable favorite to not only win Belmont Stakes but also have a real shot at the Triple Crown, the eyes of many will be set on Manuel Franco to see if he jockeys Tiz the Law to Triple Crown glory.

Belmont Stakes odds for Tiz the Law is the +150 at the time of writing.

Sole Volante

With a podium in every race that Sole Volante has started in, the three-year-old trained by Patrick Biancone comes as the second favorite with a 2020 record of two wins, one second, and one-third place. Sole Volante wants to start the Triple Crown with an upset and carry that momentum through the whole event.

Coming at a distant +450, Sole Volante is the second bet favorite for Belmont Stakes.

Dr. Post

Dr. Post has two wins in two starts in 2020, winning the last race back in April at Gulfstream Park. The St. Elias Stable product will seek the upset jockeyed by Irad Ortiz Jr., who had success in Belmont Stakes when he won jockeying Creator back in 2016.

Dr. Post is a +500 underdog for Belmont, but having a top jockey may make it an exciting play for Saturday.