The Belmont Stakes is the longest and oldest of the Triple Crown horse races, run over 1 1/2 miles of track often referred to as “Big Sandy” due to its soil composition.
Three-year-old thoroughbreds will run the Belmont Stakes, a Grade I event held at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, over 1 1/8 miles in the opening leg of the Triple Crown with a purse totaling $1.5 million. This marks the first time in history the Belmont Stakes will be the first race for the coveted crown.
The Belmont Stakes, which has a tradition dating back to 1867, will be making history this year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the race that is typically the last jewel in the Triple Crown will be held June 20 — before the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.
Betting on the Belmont Stakes is one of the biggest highlights on the annual racing calendar. We’re going to cover everything you need to know to get involved this time around.
From the best places for you to legally and safely place your horse racing wagers, what the odds board tells us, how horses qualify and the history of the race itself, it’s all here.
|Post Position||Horse||Jockey||Current Odds|
|1||Tap It to Win||John Velazquez||6-1|
|2||Sole Volante||Luca Panici||9-2|
|3||Max Player||Joel Rosario||15-1|
|5||Farmington Road||Javier Castellano||15-1|
|6||Fore Left||Jose Ortiz||30-1|
|7||Jungle Runner||Reylu Gutierrez||50-1|
|8||Tiz the Law||Manny Franco||6-5|
|9||Dr. Post||Irad Ortiz Jr.||5-1|
|10||Pneumatic||Ricardo Santana Jr.||8-1|
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Although the Belmont Stakes typically has a smaller field than the Preakness or Kentucky Derby due to the grueling nature of the Triple Crown and because of the 1-1/2 distance, it generates one of the largest handles of any race in the US. Post time for the race typically is between 6:20 p.m. and 6:40 p.m. ET.
Odds become available for the Belmont when post positions are drawn, which is not always the same day every year. Immediately after the horses are assigned their post positions, what is referred to as a morning line is introduced.
Here’s an example of odds from last year’s Belmont Stakes, which was captured by Sir Winston:
|Finish||PP||Horse||Record||Morning line odds||Final odds||Margin (lengths)||Winnings|
|5||3||Master Fencer||7–2–2–0||8–1||13.30||5 3⁄4||$60,000|
|8||8||Intrepid Heart||3–2–0–1||10–1||6.90||7 3⁄4||$30,000|
|9||9||War of Will||10–4–1–1||2–1||3.65||10|
|10||5||Bourbon War||6–2–1–0||12–1||10||14 3⁄4|
|Program number||Horse name||Win||Place||Show|
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Belmont Stakes is in a unique position. In most years the horses that finished in the top three of the Kentucky Derby or Preakness Stakes are the favorites. Since that isn’t possible this year, the odds are being calculated based on other factors.
One of the initial favorites, Charlatan, an undefeated colt trained by Bob Baffert and the winner of one of the two divisions of the Grade I Arkansas Derby, recently tested positive for a banned substance. His status as far as eligibility for the Belmont Stakes is unknown.
Following are the most recently updated odds for this year’s Belmont Stakes:
These horses are considered to be the top 10 horses. However, the Belmont Stakes can load up to 13 horses in the gate and, due to the coronavirus situation, is expected to have a full field this year.
Betting on the Belmont Stakes goes much further than picking the winner. There are a number of different bet types you can place, all of which we’ll walk through in a bit. For now, let’s take a look at the three options you have once you’re ready to place your wagers.
You can place your bets on the winner of the Belmont Stakes and call it a day, but you’d be missing out on a number of other appealing opportunities. As mentioned, there are several other ways to bet on the big race. Here’s a look at the main bet types you have to consider.
Win, place and show bets are considered your standard horse racing bets, while the remaining wagers on our list are considered exotics. As mentioned, the exotics open the door to even greater potential returns off of a single race, but they can be hard to hit.
In addition, remember that there’s much more to Belmont Stakes day than just the big race itself. There will be a full card of races for you to bet on as well. Beyond the standard and exotic bets, there are other wagers to keep an eye on throughout the day.
You can bet on the winners of multiple races via Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5 and Pick 6 bets. For these wagers, you need to pick the winner of consecutive races on the card. Naturally, that’s tough to do, but these wagers can be entered for nominal amounts such as $0.50 or $2.
To enhance your chances, you can select multiple runners in each race. Keep in mind, though, that the cost of your wager will rise with each selection added to the ticket.
This is the 152nd edition of the Belmont Stakes, which gives the race a long and rich tradition. Like any long-standing event, certain years are more historic than most.
What is surprising, however, is unlike the Kentucky Derby there have been very few, if any, controversial wins in the Belmont.
Here is a list of some of the more historic Belmont Stakes:
Due to the grueling 1 1/2-mile distance of the Belmont Stakes, times for this race typically are not swift. It is a test of endurance.
Bearing that in mind, here are the five fastest Belmont Stakes winners of all-time:
Each leg of the Triple Crown has its history and place within the sport and each has its traditions.
The Belmont Stakes stands out not only because it’s the longest distance of three races, but it is also typically the last within a six-week period for those in pursuit of the coveted crown.
Belmont is referred to as the Test of the Champion because of its timing and distance and due to only 13 horses in the history of the sport having won the Triple Crown.
For perspective, 52 horses have won two Triple Crown contests with 23 winning the combined Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes; 18 winning the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes; and 11 horses winning the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.
Considered to be a New York City institution and an integral component of the city’s sports history, the Belmont Stakes holds great significance not only locally, but nationally and internationally.
To celebrate the importance of the Belmont Stakes, the annual Belmont Stakes Festival is held. The event takes place in Elmont, in the neighborhood surrounding Belmont Park and within the track itself. Attendees partake in live music, food trucks and craft beer during the celebration, which lasts for three days and concludes with the running of the Belmont Stakes.
Lovingly referred to as Big Red due to his gleaming chestnut coat and large size. Secretariat was born in March 1970 and won five Eclipse Awards, horse racing’s highest honor, during his two-year career. Secretariat raced as a homebred for Meadow Stable for owner Penny Chenery after her father’s death.
Sired by champion Bold Ruler and mare Somethingroyal, Secretariat was named Horse of the Year as a two- and three-year-old and is still the only horse to achieve this honor.
Trained by Hall of Fame member Lucien Lauren, Secretariat won five stakes as a two-year-old and was so impressive, he was syndicated for his stud career early in his sophomore season for a then-record $6.08 million.
Not only did Secretariat win the Triple Crown, but he also set records in all three races which still stand. He is only of two horses to win the Kentucky Derby in under two minutes, with the other being Monarchos in 2001, and his Belmont Stakes victory is considered by many to be the greatest horse race of all-time. He is the second-highest ranked thoroughbred in the history of the sport behind Man o’ War.
Secretariat also won major stakes on turf to prove his versatility. He was retired to Claiborne Farm after his three-year-old campaign and died there in 1989 from laminitis at age 19.
While he never reached the lofty achievements in the breeding shed that he did on the racetrack, Secretariat is considered to be an outstanding broodmare sire and is in many pedigrees of champion racehorses. It is thought he was such an excellent broodmare because he physically had the largest heart of any American racehorse and that genetic trait was passed on to many of his fillies rather than his colts.
The Belmont Stakes is set for June 20 and will be broadcast on NBC. This is the first occasion in history that the Belmont Stakes will be the first leg of the Triple Crown.
Yes. It’s legal to bet on the Belmont Stakes in the vast majority of the United States. However, there remain some states that are outliers and only offer horse racing betting in person or prohibit the practice all together. A complete list of states where you can bet legally and safely online or via mobile app can be found here.
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Typically the field is much smaller than the Kentucky Derby or Preakness Stakes fields and averages seven to 10 horses. This year’s event, due to the pandemic, is expecting to feature a maximum field of 13.
At its length of 1 1/2 miles, the Belmont Stakes typically takes about two-and-a-half minutes from the opening gun until the first horse crosses the finish line. Secretariat holds the all-time Belmont record at this distance with a time of 2:24. The last three winners of the race have all finished in 2:30:02 or less.
The legendary Secretariat holds the mark for fastest Belmont Stakes run over 1 1/2 miles at 2:24:00. At this distance, Easy Goer is next on the list with a run of 2:26:00 while winning in 1989, followed by A.P. Indy, who won the Belmont in 1992 with a time of 2:26:13.
In total, three fillies have won the Belmont Stakes with more than a century span between the second and third winners. Here’s the list by year won along with the time they clocked.