Bet On The Belmont Stakes

by jason

The Belmont Stakes is the final leg of the US Triple Crown and is hosted at the beginning of June each year. Most years this race doesn’t receive the attention it deserves. If there isn’t a Triple Crown contender in the race many casual horse racing fans don’t watch the Belmont Stakes. However, that doesn’t mean horse handicappers should avoid the race because there is often value.

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In this guide we’re going to walk bettors through everything they need to know about betting on the Belmont Stakes. I’m going to expand upon the betting tips provided in the Belmont Stakes guide. If you’re new to horse betting make sure you spend a bit of time reading through our horse betting types guide that lists every type of bet you can make online at reputable racebooks. If your simply looking for a quality and legal online gambling company to accept your bet on the Belmont Stakes look above.

Tips for Handicapping the Belmont Stakeswinning bet on the belmont stakes

  • Distance of the Belmont Stakes

The Belmont Stakes is the longest race out of the three Triple Crown races in the United States. The race is 1 ½ miles (12 furlongs) and it’s the longest horse race that many of the horses will ever race in. The Preakness Stakes (1 3/16 miles – 9.5 furlongs) is the shortest Triple Crown race and the Kentucky Derby (1 ¼ miles – 10 furlongs) is just longer than the Preakness.

There are two ways to handicap the distance for the Belmont Stakes. Initially you should look at graded 1 ¼ mile races including the Kentucky Derby to determine which horses in the field had a late kick. Horses that have a late kick in 10 furlong races will be able to handle the extra 2 furlongs a lot better than a horse that struggled down the stretch in shorter races.

You also want to analyze the pedigree of each horse in the field. By looking at a horse’s pedigree you can determine whether or not any other horses in the same family have had success at 1 ½ mile distances in the past. In the US not many horses are bred to race long distances like in other countries around the world, so the Belmont Stakes is a tough race to handicap.

  • Does the Jockey Have Experience at 1 ½ Miles

Having experience in big races is ideal, but not necessary for a jockey to have success in the Belmont Stakes. What you want to look out for is a jockey that doesn’t have experience racing at Belmont Park. There have been numerous jockeys throughout the history of the Belmont Stakes that have caused their horse to have no shot at winning due to inexperience.

The majority of horse tracks in the USA are 1 mile long and the majority of jockeys don’t have experience racing on 1 ½ mile long tracks, which can cause them to make numerous mistakes. The biggest mistakes inexperienced jockeys make is they make their move far too early and the horse ends up fading down the home stretch due to the distance after the final corner.

Ideally you want a horse that has a stalking pace and can maintain a position near the middle until the home stretch. Patience is big in the Belmont Stakes for both the horse and the jockey. Jumping out to a quick lead at this distance is often a disaster and you won’t find experienced jockeys try to do this. When handicapping this race look for horses with great closing speed.

  • View the Horses Past Schedule

Starting this year (2012) it’ll be more important than ever to view the horses’ workload leading up to the Belmont Stakes. This is the first year that horses need to qualify for the Kentucky Derby, so horses will be dealing with a bigger workload in order to try and ensure they qualify for the biggest horse race of the year in the United States.

The good news with the Belmont Stakes is that the workload is often never an issue because most of the field won’t race in the Preakness Stakes if they didn’t win the Kentucky Derby. I tend to avoid overworked horses in the Belmont Stakes, as it’s a long race and generally horses that have had a busy schedule don’t perform well in the Belmont Stakes.

Finding a Belmont Stakes Winner

Looking back at history we can help narrow down our Belmont Stakes contenders each year. Since 2000, there have been three betting favorites to win the race including last year’s co-favorite Union Rags. Betting on the favorite would have generated a loss for handicappers since 2000, as there have been a large number of underdogs cashing at the finish line.

Due to the length of the track at Belmont Park and the wide corners post position often doesn’t matter. Since 2000, there have been winners from six different post positions in the Belmont Stakes race. The last two years the winner has come from PP3 in the race, but I wouldn’t put much stock into that when handicapping the race due to the reasons mentioned above.

With all of the tips above you also need to keep in mind that you want to pick a proven winner in the race. It’s rare that a horse without experience winning or coming close in a graded race wins the Belmont Stakes. You still need to do other handicapping to pick a winner like any other horse race, but the tips above are specific to the Belmont Stakes.

Bettors should also shop for the best lines. The earlier you bet on the Belmont Stakes the better odds you’ll get on your horse, but the sooner you place your bet the more chance there is that your selection doesn’t even run in the race. Even if you place your bets right before the Belmont Stakes it’s important to shop around, as odds differ at online racebooks.

Each year racebooks also release promotions and bonuses for the Belmont Stakes in the USA. We’ll update our Belmont Stakes betting guide annually with the latest free bets and promotions that bettors can take advantage of. Don’t forget to bookmark HorseOdds and come back each year at the end of May to find out our Belmont Stakes predictions.