The 2020 Belmont Stakes will be a huge race with not only Triple Crown implications, as it’s run as the first leg for the first time ever, but also as a Road to the Kentucky Derby series race.
The top four finishers will receive 150-60-30-15 points towards qualifying for a spot in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby.
We have rounded up all you need to know for Belmont Stakes betting, from favorites to odds and predictions.
Where and when to watch Belmont Stakes
With spectators not allowed at the track to see live racing and the Belmont Stakes, more race fans and bettors will turn to online options like FanDuel Racing and TVG. Watch and win and see which horses tackle the new 1 1/8 mile distance best for the 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes.
Prize money for the Belmont Stakes has been reduced to $1 million, but wagering is expected to be as big as the Belmont Stakes itself with TVG and FanDuel racing leading the coverage as online leaders.
Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020
Time: 6:37 p.m. EST
Track: Belmont Park in Elmont, NY
Distance: 1 1/8 miles (9 furlongs)
Mobile: TVG and NBC Sports App, streaming live on NBCsports.com/live
Belmont Stakes odds are adjusting as favorites drop out
The early odds and morning line will be impacted as two race favorites trained by Bob Baffert have been ruled out of the race weeks before the big event. Nadal (retired, condylar fracture) and Charlatan (ankle) are out, and undefeated 3-year-old Maxfield was a Belmont contender.
But trainer Brenden Walsh directed Maxfield to the Blue Grass Stakes in July, and then a condylar fracture in his right front cannon bone identified June 10 sidelined him the rest of the year and out of the Kentucky Derby. Maxfield is a son of Street Sense, the 2007 Travers Stakes and Kentucky Derby winner.
With that news, trainer Todd Pletcher decided to move Gouverneur Morris from the Belmont Stakes to the Blue Grass (G2) where he’ll have a better chance to win and gain more points towards the Kentucky Derby (100-40-20-10). Pletcher already has Farmington Road and Dr. Post scheduled to run in the Belmont Stakes.
Check the odds on horses running in the Belmont Stakes and the post position draw on Wednesday before the June 20 race. Florida Derby winner Tiz the Law will be the race favorite with at least eight horses committed to run and more may be added the week of the race.
Changes impacting betting, odds and preparations for the Belmont Stakes
Known as the “Test of the Champion” for its grueling test at 1 ½ miles, the change to 1 1/8 miles is the first distance adjustment since 1926.
Instead of the horses running completely around the track’s 1 ½ mile oval, the Belmont Stakes is now a one-turn test running down the long backstretch out of the gate. A shorter distance means the pace will be faster than the traditional 1 ½ mile race, and the shorter distance impacts the complexion of the race along with trainer’s preparations and the betting odds.
Belmont-based trainer and three-time Belmont Stakes winner Pletcher noted that “this is a very different dynamic when you talk about a one-turn mile and an eighth.” He has an edge as a New York-based trainer with familiarity in preparation, as does NY-based trainer Barclay Tagg, who has entered Florida Derby winner and new Belmont Stakes favorite Tiz the Law.
With Nadal, Charlatan, Maxfield and Gouverneur Morris out of the race, there will be additional opportunities for developing 3-year-olds to cash in. More trainers may add their colts into the race with a better chance to win and gain more Kentucky Derby qualifying points.
The shuffled schedule for the Triple Crown races along with adjusted training patters, horse fitness, lack of fans in the stands and odds adjustments make this a unique year to be betting on the Belmont Stakes.
Tips and trends for betting a winner
Only twice in the last 13 non-Triple Crown editions of the Belmont Stakes has the favorite won the race.
Afleet Alex (2005) won by 7 lengths and Point Given (2001) by 12 lengths. Last year Sir Winston (10-1) cashed in for horse bettors when winning the 2019 Belmont Stakes, making it seven double-digit odds winners in the last 13 Belmont Stakes.
Belmont Stakes’ recent history and results
|2019||Sir Winston||10-1||2:28.30||Joel Rosario|
|2016||Creator||15-1||2:28.51||Irad Ortiz, Jr.|
|2015||American Pharoah||3-5||2:26.65||Victor Espinoza|
|2013||Palace Malice||13-1||2:30.70||Mike Smith|
|2012||Union Rags||3-1||2:30.42||John Velazquez|
|2011||Ruler on Ice||24-1||2:30.88||Jose Valdivia, Jr.|