Bet on the Belmont Derby Invitational
The inaugural Belmont Derby Invitational ran on July 5th, 2014, taking over the tradition of the Jamaica Handicap in the 65th running of the event. This race takes place at the Belmont Park racetrack, gathering some of the finest three-year-old thoroughbreds in the world for a 1 1/4 mile race on the inner track turf.
Belmont Derby Racebooks
Taking advantage of online racebooks give horse racing fans a chance to enjoy wagering on the most prestigious races without actually being at the track. Some well-established racebooks, such as Bovada, offer bonus bets for newcomers and promotions that give loyal patrons a percentage of their bets back as a rebate. Racebooks have been operating since the mid-1990s thanks to secure, private wagering algorithms.
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Belmont Derby Invitational Betting Odds
We usually use Bovada’s online racebook services when we wager on big events like the Belmont Derby Invitational. If you check out their website, you’ll see that they offer the same odds that you get at the track, updated live until shortly before the race. Bovada also has a rebate program that offers up to 3% cashback for straight wagers and up to 5% back for exotic bets. A variety of promotions also provide betting bonuses, including a bonus when you set up a new account.
2016 Belmont Derby Contenders
The field is set for the 2016 edition of the Belmont Derby Invitational and a wide open field of thirteen colts and geldings has assembled for the prestigious event.
Trainer Aiden O’Brien has a loaded hand in the race with both the morning line favorite and the second choice. Long Island Sound, an $800,000 purchase, is the 7-2 favorite and will be making his first start in America. He won the first three races of his career and was third against Group 3 company last time out at Royal Ascot. Stablemate was a Group 3 winner as a juvenile and since that victory has struggled to recapture top form. He is coming out of an eleventh-place finish in the Investec Derby (G1).
They will face some serious competition from the domestic contenders including Camelot Kitten, one of three entrants for trainer Chad Brown. The son of Kitten’s Joy has improved with every start this year and comes into this race off of two consecutive graded stakes victories.
Here is the field for the Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes along with morning line odds.
1. Toughest ‘Ombre, 30-1
2. Ralis, 20-1
3. Applicator, 50-1
4. Highland Sky, 8-1
5. Surgical Strike, 15-1
6. Camelot Kitten, 5-1
7. Long Island Sound, 7-2
8. Airoforce, 10-1
9. Beach Patrol, 12-1
10. Humphrey Bogart (IRE), 5-1
11. Aquaphobia, 20-1
12. Call Provision, 10-1
13. Deauville (IRE), 4-1
Did you know?
The first winner of the Belmont Derby Invitational was Mr. Speaker, who was a huge longshot at 23-1 odds. Despite fading earlier in the season in a shorter turf race, Mr. Speaker remained strong to take out the heavily-favored Adelaide, an Irish thoroughbred who went off at 2-1 odds. The Jamaica Handicap, which sired the Belmont Derby Invitational, was established in 1928, named after the Jamaica District in Queens and raced at the Jamaica Racetrack until the facilities shut down in 1959. Incredibly, two horses are three-time winners of this race, with Overdrawn finishing first from 1941-1943 and Piet winning from 1949-1951.