Bet on The Belmont Stakes

Bet on The Belmont Stakes

World famous as part of the Triple Crown championship for American based three-year-old horses, the Belmont Stakes holds the distinction as the third leg of the series, meaning the winner has the opportunity of claiming the Triple Crown title after previous wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Known simply as The Belmont, the race is run over 1 ½ miles on the Belmont dirt track, located in Elmont, New York. As a true “test of the champion”, the Belmont is the longest of the three races.

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With a possible Triple Crown title for the winner, the Belmont Stakes is often the most watched and wagered on race in the US throughbred season. And there’s no better way to get in on the action than placing your bet through one of our racebook partners.

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Belmont Stakes Betting Odds

With the challenge of racing a tough 1 1/2 miles, even a Kentucky Derby winner is no sure bet to handle the Belmont, and often a new challenger steps up to contend for the win. That makes the chance of a good payday at long odds even better, and for the savvy handicapper, the fun of the Belmont is in finding that unknown longshot to score the upset. Look to our #1 recommended racebook at Bovada to find your favorite!

2016 Belmont Stakes Contenders

With the absence of the ailing Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, horse racing fans will miss the latest installment of the rivalry between that one and Exaggerator, who broke on 0-4 streak when he enjoyed a perfect rail ride from jockey Kent Desormeaux to win the Preakness Stakes. Of the others coming out of that second leg of the Triple Crown, runner-up Cherry Wine, fourth-place finisher Stradivari, and fifth-place finisher Lani are in the Belmont field. After running the Kentucky Derby but skipping the Preakness, Suddenbreakingnews (5th in the Derby), Destin (6th), Brody’s Cause (7th), Creator (13th) and Trojan Nation (16th) are back.

If both make the gate on June 11th, only Exaggerator and Lani will have run all three legs. Coming off his convincing Preakness win, Exaggerator is all but odds-on favorite, with the late-charging Suddenbreakingnews the second choice in Bovada’s early wagering.

The Belmont Stakes goes Saturday, June 11. Post-time is 6:35 pm Eastern.

Post Position w/ Race Day Odds from Bovada Racebook

1) Governor Malibu (16/1) – NY-bred has been in the money in all seven lifetime starts, and was second in the Grade 2 Peter Pan last race against a good field.  

2) Destin (15/2) – Graded-stakes winner was off for two months prior to the Kentucky Derby, where he was moving forward when he ran into traffic trouble and finished sixth. 

3) Cherry Wine (10/1) – It’s a race full of closers and he closed the best to get second behind Exaggerator in the Preakness. He gets more distance to try, but going by past form, you have to wonder if he has a case of almost-itis.

4) Suddenbreakingnews (6/1) – It’s a race full of closers….and he was closing the best on both Nyquist and Exaggerator in the Derby….so the difference between him and Cherry Wine is an extra two-week break.

5) Stradivari (15/2) – Got a lot of hype coming into the Preakness, and ran well to finish 4th. Has to prove that he can actually challenge in top stakes company. Likely on or near the lead early.

6) Gettysburg (50/1) – Front-running colt is here to set an honest pace for stablemate Creator to run at, and then get out of the way.

7) Seeking The Soul (50/1) – Comes in off a third-start maiden win at Churchill Downs, and seems more than a stretch here.

8) Forever d’Oro (50/1) – Like Seeking The Soul, just got his maiden win, but over the Belmont track. Sire was second in the 2002 Belmont, and his grandsire won it in 1999.

9) Trojan Nation (50/1) – Nothing in his form suggested he would get his maiden win in the Kentucky Derby, and nothing in his race there suggests he’ll do it here, either. 

10) Lani (16/1) – Something of an unknown quantity when he came to the Triple Crown off a win in the UAE Derby in Dubai, he ran okay in the Derby, better in the Preakness, and could move up again.

11) Exaggerator (7/5) – The one to beat, once again trainer Desormeaux and jockey brother Desormeaux will have to plot strategy in a race that sets up way different than the Preakness. With little early speed in the race, and lots of other late-runners, he may try to stay closer to the pace from the gate to get first jump. 

12) Brody’s Cause (16/1) – He’s run some good races and has a couple stakes wins on his resume, but has also thrown in some clunkers. Connections are hoping the time off from skipping the Preakness moves him forward.

13) Creator (14/1) – The last of the big-time closers on the list, he ran into a lot of traffic trouble in the Kentucky Derby stretch, but had a lot of ground to make up at that point. He gets a jockey switch to one of the top NY riders, and should get the trip he wants here. 

Did you know? 

Between Triple Crown winners Affirmed in 1978 and American Pharoah in 2015, 11 horses went into the Belmont with a shot at the title, only to falter in the race. In 2004, more than 120,000 fans crowded into the track to watch Smarty Jones take his shot, but were disappointed by a second-place finish. In 1998, Real Quiet lost his chance at immortality when he lost in a photo-finish nose to the hard charging Victory Gallop, the only Canadian-born horse to ever win, and the last foreign-born horse to do so.