Trainer Todd Pletcher watches his horses practice in the morning on the Churchill Downs track. April 27, 2021 Hd1a14261480
- The third jewel of the triple crown, the Belmont Stakes is Saturday in Long Island
- Eight horses are entered and there are many ways to bet on the featured race
- Who owns the value of winning, placed and displayed bets in Belmont Stakes 2022 odds?
It’s really easy to get carried away with Belmont’s extreme picks and exotic lottery-like bets that are unlikely to win but can fetch a fortune in the Belmont Stakes odds. There are eight horses in the race this year. Launch your Belmont Stakes betting app, handicap and choose the right horse to finish first, second or third.
The recent past tells us that straight betting can be profitable. The 2019 Belmont had a winner of $22.40, the previous year the place brought in $13.80. The updated Belmont Stakes odds are pretty much what we expected at the end of the Preakness. Sometimes understanding horse betting types is more about filtering out the noise and focusing on the basics.
Let’s take a look at this year’s field and their odds and read on for our picks for the Belmont.
Current Belmont Stakes Odds
|Horse||Odds of winning||Place dimensions||Show odds|
|We the people||+225||-125||-250|
|Minister of Creation||+650||+230||+120|
All ratings taken on June 10
The start time is scheduled for 6:44 p.m. ET with NBC televising the race. There is a 40% chance of rain and temperatures should be in the 60s.
The odds in our table are listed in US format, but you can find the fractional format in a racebook. Be sure to check out TVG for some of the best Belmont promotions.
Let’s move on to handicapping and see if we can find any positive payback bets for our Belmont expert picks.
Belmont Stakes Win Predictions
We the People was ultra-impressive by winning the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park in New York in just his fourth career start.
This game was everything you could ask for, but it faced significantly less competition. He was not a factor in his previous start, the Arkansas Derby. He may have had an excuse, to warm up, but he’s the favorite here based on a single run. That said, he could be loose in the lead.
Mo Donegal gets a mulligan for the Kentucky Derby. He had the worst post position, extreme inside, jumped early leading to get pinned, and still rallied to finish fifth.
Each of Mo Donegal’s previous three runs were strong. He beat the Preakness Early Voting winner at Wood Memorial and held off Zandon, who finished third in the Run for the Roses, in the Remsen Stakes.
Rich Strike was the upset winner of the Derby. He wasn’t even in the running until a day before he was to be executed, he broke from the extreme outside and circled the pitch for one of the biggest shocks in recent sporting history.
Rich Strike was +8080 in Louisville. He got an amazing setup (fast pace) and an amazing run to the win. His only other victory came in an inaugural race. It’s hard to know what to expect.
Belmont Stakes Location Predictions
Creative Minister didn’t debut until March or won until April. On Derby day he won an undercard race at Churchill Downs and then ran well in the Preakness Stakes.
He is both talented and improving, but three races in five weeks is terribly difficult. Think of all the horses that failed to win the Triple Crown after winning the first two races.
The fillies racing against the boys have an uneven record. Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath finished fourth in the Preakness. That said, Nest was the favorite for the Oaks, and trainer Todd Pletcher once won the Belmont with a filly.
Pletcher defeated Curlin with Rags to Riches at the 2007 Belmont. It was the first of his three Belmont triumphs. Nest has four wins in six starts including a win at Belmont Park. She looks like a filly who will appreciate the extra distance.
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Belmont Stakes Show Predictions
Who can hit the board with a large number? Barber’s road? After all, he somehow made a living by finishing in the money but outside the winner’s circle.
Until finishing sixth in the Kentucky Derby, Barber Road had finished second or third in five consecutive races, including several Run for the Roses prep events. Not many people will pick him over the top, but he has shown his ability to get a piece.
Belmont Stakes Win, Place, Show Picks
That’s not really to say that Mo Donegal isn’t the favorite in the current Belmont Stakes odds. He has the best resume and a valid excuse in the Kentucky Derby. He’s the most likely winner and a more than fair prize.
Pletcher is the best at home in New York. His track record in the Belmont is excellent. He can win with Mo Donegal and with Nest. She is the real deal, rested and talented. She is the ultimate value game in this area.
We The People, Creative Minister, and Rich Strike are all viable, but none have value. We the people have run a great race and because the Preakness has been won wire by wire the pundits are now afraid that he will run away and hide. Creative Minister is trying to do something, three races in five weeks, that few succeed. Rich Strike was brilliant in Louisville at a huge price. At its current Belmont rating, we have to see it to believe it. Barber Road always does his best, and maybe he hits the board at a good number in our Belmont expert predictions.
Victory: Mo Donegal (+250)
Location: Nest (+290)
Show: Barber Road (+225)
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Dave Friedman has been covering professional and college sports for two decades. From ESPN to the Associated Press, regional sports networks, metro networks and numerous local outlets, he has written and broadcast major and minor events nationwide.