The Belmont Stakes is the final leg of the US Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, run on the first or second Saturday in June at Belmont Park racecourse in Elmont, New York. It is known as ‘The Test of the Champion,' open only to 16 runners, often including the first three finishers from the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
Welcome to the ultimate Belmont Stakes betting guide!, which has all the information, tips and analysis you need to know to bet the final leg of United States horse racing’s Triple Crown, held annually each June, three weeks after the Preakness Stakes at Belmont Park Race Track in Elmont, New York.
The Belmont is known as ‘The Test of the Champion’, in part because of its grueling distance and the truly legendary three-year-old thoroughbreds that have competed in it. The race usually draws small fields of Triple Crown hopefuls or distance runners for the marathon quest, usually with starters from the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes among them.
Now 153 years old – Ruthless won the first installment just two years after the Civil War ended - the Belmont Stakes purse is $1.5 million, with $800,000 going to the winner. The dirt race is contested by qualified three-year-old thoroughbreds over 1 1/2 miles, in front of crowds often in excess of 100,000. The throng is even larger if a Triple Crown – wins in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont – is in play. Such was the case in 2018 when Justify became the 13th to accomplish one of the most difficult feats in sports. It is a big day out, particularly for New Yorkers, ready to test their luck on Belmont Stakes betting.
The Belmont Stakes day total horse racing betting handle is regularly in excess of $130 million, reaching a New York Racing Association single-day record of $151 million when Tonalist denied California Chrome the Triple Crown in 2014.
The Belmont Stakes is the second-most popular thoroughbred race on which to bet in the United States, beaten only by the Kentucky Derby in appeal for wagering. The Belmont Stakes betting markets include the ‘win’, ‘place’, and ‘show’ standard horse racing wagers, and also have these exotic bets:
Most top NJ betting sites and top PA betting sites in the United States, even where sports betting is now legal, do not offer thoroughbred racing. So-called pari-mutual wagering is conducted through off-track betting parlors or online sites licensed through state horsemen’s associations.
The Belmont Stakes is defined by its unique dirt course. It is nicknamed ‘Big Sandy’ because it is the biggest dirt course in North America, at a full 1 1/2 miles around. Belmont Stakes betting strategy often revolves around deciding which horse will handle this best, and it is rarely the Kentucky Derby or Preakness Stakes winner. These colts will have never and almost certainly will never attempt this race again. These betting tips can help:
|Year||Horse||Jockey||Trainer||Odds – $2 Payout|
|2021||Essential Quality||Luis Saez||Brad Cox||2/1 – $4.60|
|2020||Tiz the Law||Manny Franco||Barclay Tagg||4/5 – $3.60|
|2019||Sir Winston||Joel Rosario||Mark Casse||10/1 – $22.60|
|2018||Justify||Mike Smith||Bob Baffert||4/5 – $3.60|
|2017||Tapwrit||Jose Ortiz||Todd Pletcher||53/10 – $12.60|
|2016||Creator||Irad Ortiz Jr||Steve Asmussen||8/5 – $34.80|
|2015||American Pharoah||Victor Espinoza||Bob Baffert||3/4f– $3.50|
|2014||Tonalist||Joel Rosario||Christophe Clement||3/1 – $8.10|
|2013||Palace Malice||Mike Smith||Todd Pletcher||27/2 – $29.60|
The Belmont Stakes is run over 1 1/2 miles on the dirt track at Belmont Park in the state of New York. It’s the longest dirt track in North American horse racing, earning it the nickname ‘Big Sandy’. Its vast breadth and sweeping corners provide plenty of routes for jockeys and make this immense track – which has an actual small town inside of it – look like an even bigger place than it is.
It opened in May, 1905, having been built by August Belmont, Jr., Williams Collins Whitney, and a host of smaller investors. Belmont’s father created the Belmont Stakes at his friend Leonard Jerome’s track, Jerome Park in 1867, but when Belmont Park opened, the Grade 1 moved.
It has been run at Belmont Park every year since, with the exceptions of 1911-12 when betting was banned in New York State, and between 1963-67, while grandstands were reconstructed.
The largest field to ever compete in the Belmont Stakes was 15 in 1983. The next-largest was 14 in 1875. In short, the challenge of the Belmont has dissuaded trainers and owners for more than a century despite the sizeable purse and lure of glory.
If more than 16 horses are entered, the final lineup will be decided by prize money already won. The first eight places are filled by horses accumulating the highest earnings in Graded races at 1 mile or further. The next five places go to horses accumulating the highest earnings in stakes races whose conditions contain no restrictions other than age or sex.
The final three places are selected by the Belmont Stakes Selection Committee, with Triple Crown nominees preferred. In addition, any horse earning prize money in the Kentucky Derby or Preakness Stakes shall be included in the initial eight starters.
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