Bet on the Bed of Roses Stakes
The Grade 3 Bed O’ Roses Handicap is run annually in June at Belmont Park. Currently offered for a purse of $150,000, the seven furlong event is restricted to fillies and mares four years old and up. The race was inaugurated in 1957 and run at the now defunct Jamaica racetrack until 1960. It was been contested at multiple distances, but has remained at its current distance since 2006. The race is named for Alfred G. Vanderbilt’s champion juvenile filly in 1949 and champion mare in 1952.
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Bed of Roses Betting Odds
The 2015 renewal of the Bed O’ Roses didn’t exactly light up the tote board, but handicappers looking for solid credentials and winning form were rewarded when Dame Dorothy dictated the pace and sped away for her fourth victory in as many tries at the seven furlong distance. The winner paid just $3.50 to win, but the exotics received a boost with 14/1 shot Expression finishing third. Bettors choosing an online racebook such as Bovada continue to profit with win-or-lose rebates of 3% on all straight wagers on 5% on exotic bets.
2016 Bed of Roses Contenders
With a field of six signed on for the 2016 Bed O' Roses Handicap June 25 at Belmont Park, the one to beat is clearly 2015 Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner Wavell Avenue. The Chad Brown trainee hasn't run poorly in two starts this year, finishing third in the Grade 1 Madison Stakes and fourth in the Grade 1 Human Distaff at Churchill Downs, and figures to enjoy the class relief while making the third start of her form cycle - a handicapping angle that often produces a runner's top effort. Things won't exactly be easy for Wavell Avenue, however, as she'll have to deal with graded stakes winner Bar of Gold, who won the Critical Eye Stakes May 30 at Belmont in her first try over the surface. Trained by John Kimmel, Bar of Gold should be forwardly placed and appears to have more tactical speed than Wavell Avenue, but could be shortening stride late.
Post Position and Odds
1-West Coast Chick
4-By the Moon
6-Bar of Gold
Did you know?
In the rich history of the Bed O’ Roses, no trainer has had more success than Allen Jerkens who has won the race seven times. The long-time New York trainer has claimed victories in six different decades with his first win coming in 1964 with Beauful. Jerkens last won in 2004 with Passing Shot. Three different horses have won the Bed O’ Roses twice with Straight Deal, Lady D’Accord, and Raging Fever all accomplishing the feat. At the current distance of seven furlongs, Rite Moment owns the speed record of 1:22.66 in 2008. 1971 winner Office Queen is probably the most notable winner of the Bed O’ Roses as the filly was named the previous year’s Champion Three Year-Old in America.