Belmont Stakes

by jason

Fast Start In The Belmont StakesThe Belmont Stakes is the oldest Triple Crown race in the United States, as it was first raced in 1867. The Belmont Stakes is open to thoroughbred horses only that are 3-years old and the race is a G1 Stakes race in the USA. The purse in the race is $1M and the winner wins $600K of the prize money, which is considerably smaller than the Kentucky Derby purse.

Over the years the Belmont Stakes has struggled to remain as popular as the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. The reason is that there often isn’t a Triple Crown contender by the final leg of the series in the USA, which hurts the viewer totals. In years when there is a Triple Crown contender the Belmont Stakes often has more viewers than any other race in North America.

Recently in 2012, I’ll Have Another had won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. The Belmont Stakes was shaping up to be one of the biggest in decades, but I’ll Have Another had to drop out of the race (injury) and it ruined the hype. In the rest of this guide we’re going to take a look at a bit of Belmont Stakes history plus betting tips for the big race.

Belmont Stakes Race History & Information

The inaugural Belmont Stakes back in 1867 was raced at the Jerome Park Racetrack (The Bronx). The race remained at this track until 1890, which is when the Belmont Stakes moved to the Morris Park Racecourse. Once Belmont Park was opened in 1905 in Long Island the race was moved to the track at Belmont Park and the race has been hosted here for the past 100+ years.

The Belmont Stakes would be the longest standing Triple Crown race to run consecutive years if it weren’t for the fact that the race was cancelled for two years in 1911 and 1912 due to the anti-gambling legislation in New York State. The Belmont Stakes is the 3rd Triple Crown (3 of 3) race on the schedule every year and runs on the 1st Saturday in June (On/After June 5th).

The order of the Triple Crown races hasn’t always been in the order it is today, but since 1931 the order has been the same with the Kentucky Derby running 1st, the Preakness Stakes running 2nd and finally the Belmont Stakes running 3rd. The Belmont Stakes is 1 ½ miles long and has been since 1925, but before 1925 the length of the race changed very regularly.

This may not surprise you, but the fastest time ever ran at the Belmont Stakes is 2:24:00 flat by Secretariat in 1973. In that race in 1973 Secretariat was able to win the race by 31 lengths, which is also a record never beaten. The most wins by a jockey is six and this record is held by Jim McLaughlin and Eddie Arcaro. James G Rowe Sr. holds the record for most wins by a trainer (8).

Before we get into our Belmont Stakes betting tips we wanted to share a few more neat statistics. Only three fillies have ever won the Belmont Stakes including Ruthless (1867), Tanya (1905) and Rags to Riches (2007). International born horses often end up struggling, but there have been nine foreign-born horses to win the Belmont Stakes with six of the horses being from the UK.

Belmont Stakes Betting Tips

We preach to bet underdogs a lot on this website, but it’s important and especially in the Belmont Stakes. In recent years there have been some massive underdogs cashing in at the Belmont Stakes. Only four favourites have been able to win this race since 1990, which means you would have lost a ton of money betting favorites in this Triple Crown race.

The biggest underdog to win the Belmont Stakes was Sarava at 70/1 odds in 2002 and since then there has been numerous other high paying underdogs cash including Bird Stone 35/1 (2004), Da’ Tara 37/1 (2008) and Ruler on Ice 24/1 (2011). Another trend you should usually try to avoid is betting on a horse that has raced in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

In recent years the winner of the Belmont Stakes has usually only raced in 1 of the 2 previous Triple Crown races. There have also been a growing number of horses to win the Belmont Stakes that hasn’t had Triple Crown experience beforehand. Don’t simply discount horses in the race because they haven’t raced in the Kentucky Derby or Preakness Stakes.

When handicapping this race you have to look at many factors, but two important factors include the jockey that will be riding the horse you want to wager on plus the endurance of the horse you want to bet on. Endurance is extremely important due to the long length (1 ½ Miles) of this race and we’ve seen countless times strong horses fade down the stretch.

With the above information in mind you should have no problem handicapping the Belmont Stakes. We also provide detailed betting guides that are updated every year with the latest crop of contenders. Make sure you bookmark HorseOdds to remain up to date with our analysis on the Belmont Stakes race every year in the USA.

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