154th Belmont Stakes Betting - Horse Racing Odds

154th Belmont Stakes Betting

Belmont Stakes Horse Racing Betting

The 2022 Belmont Stakes takes place on Saturday, June 11 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York with We the People listed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite. There will not be a Triple Crown at stake this year and only one of the Triple Crown race winners, Rich Strike, will be in the Belmont field. Rich Strike won the Kentucky Derby as a huge longshot and his connections decided to skip the Preakness and point to the Belmont. Preakness Stakes winner Early Voting will not be in the Belmont field. The favorite to win the 2022 Belmont Stakes is We the People who won the Peter Pan at Belmont Park in mid-May. It was a very impressive victory, as We the People won by over 10 lengths and the horse recorded a Beyer Speed Figure of 103. The Belmont Stakes is held five weeks after the Kentucky Derby and is one of the oldest horse races in the United States as the first Belmont Stakes was held the year after the Civil War ended. Post time for the 2022 Belmont Stakes is set for 6:49 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, June 11.

2022 Belmont Stakes At a Glance

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022, 6:49 PM ET

Location: Belmont Park, Elmont, NY

Length: 1 1/2 miles ( 12 furlongs ), dirt track

Purse: Approximately $1 million

Belmont Stakes TV Coverage: NBC

The 2022 Belmont Stakes will feature Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike but it will not include Preakness Stakes winner Early Voting. Epicenter, who finished second in the Derby and in the Preakness is also not in the Belmont field. Rich Strike won the Derby at odds of 80-1 but the horse is getting respect in Belmont odds, as he is listed as the 7-2 third choice on the morning line. Rich Strike has finished in the money in five of his last seven races. The horse has had plenty of time to prepare since he skipped the Preakness.

2022 Belmont Stakes Betting Odds

# HORSE TRAINER JOCKEY ODDS
1 We the People R. Brisset F. Prat 2-1
2 Skippylongstocking S. Joseph, Jr. M. Franco 20-1
3 Nest T. Pletcher J. Ortiz 8-1
4 Rich Strike E. Reed S. Leon 7-2
5 Creative Minister K. McPeek B. Hernandez, Jr. 6-1
6 Mo Donegal T. Pletcher I. Ortiz, Jr 5-2
7 Golden Glider M. Casse D. Davis 20-1
8 Barber Road J. Ortiz J. Rosario 10-1

We the People was extremely impressive in winning the Peter Pan and he is getting some serious respect in Belmont Stakes odds, as he is listed at odds of 2-1. The horse will start from the rail, but post position is almost irrelevant in the Belmont because the race is so long. The question with We the People is whether or not he can go the mile and a half distance, but that is oftentimes the question with every horse in the Belmont Stakes.

The second choice at odds of 5-2 is Mo Donegal for trainer Todd Pletcher. He finished fifth in the Derby and before that race had three wins and two third-place finishes in five career races. The horse didn’t race in the Preakness so he should be well rested. He didn’t get off to a good start in the Derby and wasn’t able to recover.  The horse has raced at Belmont Park in the past and has a win and a third-place finish at the track.

The other three horses listed at single-digit odds are Rich Strike at odds of 7-2, Creative Minister at odds of 6-1 and Nest at odds of 8-1. We talked about Rich Strike already as the Kentucky Derby winner. Creative Minister finished third in the Preakness but the horse was bred to run distance races and he could be a definite threat in the Belmont.  Nest is trained by Todd Pletcher and she finished second in the Kentucky Oaks. Nest was dominant in the Ashland at Keeneland and the horse is the daughter of Curling who finished second in the 2007 Belmont.

The three longshots are Barber Road at odds of 10-1, Golden Glider at odds of 20-1 and Skippylongstocking at odds of 20-1. Barber Road finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby at longshot odds and he finished second in the Arkansas Derby.  The horse is a closer so he is not without a chance in the Belmont. Skippylongstocking had a wide trip in the Preakness and finished fifth. The horse is known as one that can run in the mud, so don’t leave this horse out if the track is sloppy on Saturday. Golden Gilder is also listed at odds of 20-1. The horse finished second in the Peter Pan but was no threat to We the People.

Belmont Stakes Format

In 1905, Belmont Park became the permanent home of the Belmont Stakes and the usual distance of 1 1/2 miles was set in 1926. That makes this the longest of the three Triple Crown races, testing horses’ endurance.

Fillies don't run in the Belmont Stakes often, but they do from time to time. With the Triple Tiara becoming less and less notable as time goes on, you'll sometimes see a filly get off that trail and run in the Belmont instead. A total of 23 fillies have run in the Belmont Stakes with three winning it. Rags to Riches was the last filly to win the Belmont Stakes in 2007.

Belmont Stakes Winners (2000)

YEAR WINNER ODDS JOCKEY TRAINER TIME
2021 Essential Quality 1.30 Luis Saez Brad Cox 2:27.11
2020 Tiz the Law .80 Manny Franco Barclay Tagg 1:46.53
2019 Sir Winston 10.20 Joel Rosario Mark E. Casse 2:28.30
2018 Justify .80 Mike Smith Bob Baffert 2:28.18
2017 Tapwrit 5.30 Jose Ortiz Todd Pletcher 2:30.02
2016 Creator 15.00 Irad Ortiz Jr. Steve Asmussen 2:28.51
2015 American Pharoah 0.75 Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert 2:26.65
2014 Tonalist 12.00 Joel Rosario Christophe Clement 2:28.52
2013 Palace Malice 13.00 Mike Smith Todd Pletcher 2:30.70
2012 Union Rags 3.00 John Velazquez Michael Matz 2:30.42
2011 Ruler on Ice 24.00 Jose Valdivia Jr. Kelly Breen 2:30.88
2010 Drosselmeyer 13.00 Mike Smith William Mott 2:31.57
2009 Summer Bird 12.00 Kent Desormeaux Tim Ice 2:27.54
2008 Da'Tara 38.00 Alan Garcia Nick Zito 2:29.65
2007 Rags to Riches 4.00 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 2:28.74
2006 Jazil 6.00 Fernandez Jara Kiaran McLaughlin 2:27.86
2005 Afleet Alex 1.15 Jeremy Rose Timothy Ritchey 2:28.75
2004 Birdstone 36.00 Edgar Prado Nick Zito 2:27.50
2003 Empire Maker 2.00 Jerry Bailey Robert Frankel 2:28.26
2002 Sarava 70.25 Edgar Prado Kenneth McPeek 2:29.71
2001 Point Given 1.35 Gary Stevens Bob Baffert 2:26.56
2000 Commendable 18.80 Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas 2:31.19

There really isn't a way to put Secretariat's run at the 1973 Belmont Stakes into perspective. To say that he was phenomenal that day is an understatement, as he ran the race in a record 2:24 flat and won by a record 31 lengths. There aren't many unbreakable records in sports, but this is one of them. We've never even seen a horse run the third leg of the Triple Crown in 2:25, let alone in 2:24, and to win any race by 30+ lengths is just stupefying.

Fastest Times

YEAR HORSE TIME
1973 Secretariat 2:24.00
1989 Easy Goer 2:26.00
1992 A.P. Indy 2:26.13
1988 Risen Star 2:26.40
2001 Point Given 2:26.56

You should consider anything under 2:27 a great time to win the Belmont Stakes. American Pharoah blazed through the mile and a half in 2:26.65, the second fastest time ever for a Triple Crown winner behind Secretariat, and he and Point Given are the only two horses to run the Belmont in less than 2:27 since 2000. The next closest since then was Birdstone in 2004, and he needed 2:27.50 to finish the race.

Longest Odds To Win

YEAR HORSE TIME
2002 Sarava 70.25
1961 Sherluck 65.05
1980 Temperence Hill 53.40
2008 Da' Tara 38.00
2004 Birdstone 36.00

Upsets in the Belmont Stakes have certainly been more frequent in recent years than in the past, and there have been some massive upsets in that mix. Sarava pulled off the upset of all upsets when he cashed in at a whopping price of 70 to 1 in 2002, ending the Triple Crown bid of War Emblem. He's one of the three who have ever won this race at a price of 50 to 1 or better.

Most Jockey Wins

JOCKEY WINS YEARS WON
Jim McLaughlin 6 1882, 1883, 1884, 1886, 1887, 1888
Eddie Arcaro 6 1941, 1942, 1945, 1948, 1952, 1955
Earl Sande 5 1921, 1923, 1924, 1927, 1930
Bill Shoemaker 5 1957, 1959, 1962, 1967, 1975

It really shouldn't be shocking that the old time jockeys are the ones who have won the Belmont Stakes most often. The record of six held by Eddie Arcaro and Jim McLaughlin will probably never be touched. Arcaro is considered by many to be the greatest jockey of all-time, and it’s unlikely anyone surpasses him.

Most Trainer Wins

TRAINER WINS YEARS WON
James G. Rowe Sr. 8 1883, 1884, 1901, 1904, 1908, 1910, 1913, 1931
Sam Hildreth 7 1899, 1909, 1916, 1917, 1921, 1923, 1924
Jim Fitzsimmons 6 1930, 1932, 1935, 1936, 1939, 1955
Woody Stephens 5 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
Max Hirsch 4 1928, 1946, 1950, 1954
D. Wayne Lukas 4 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000
R. Wyndham Walden 4 1878, 1880, 1881, 1898

The greatest run in the history of any of the Triple Crown races for trainers came from 1982 through 1986 when the great Woody Stephens trained five consecutive winners at the Belmont Stakes. Stephens immediately became one of the best trainers in NYRA history, and no one will ever touch five straight Belmont Stakes victories ever again. James G. Rowe Sr.'s record of eight Belmont victories will very likely also never be touched.

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