153rd Belmont Stakes Betting - Horse Racing Odds

153rd Belmont Stakes Betting

153rd Belmont Stakes Betting

There will be no Triple Crown at stake in the 2021 Belmont Stakes. Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit was unable to win the Preakness, so this year’s Belmont Stakes will be wide open. It is unlikely that Medina Spirit will run in the Belmont Stakes, while Preakness winner, Rombauer is expected to run. Although Rombauer will be entered in the Belmont, he may not be the favorite. That honor could go to Kentucky Derby favorite Essential Quality, who finished fourth in the Derby.

2021 Belmont Stakes At a Glance

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2021, 6 p.m. ET

Location: Belmont Park, Elmont, NY

Length: 1 1/8 miles ( 9 furlongs ), dirt track

Purse: Approximately $1 million

Belmont Stakes TV Coverage: NBC

Medina Spirit won the Kentucky Derby, although the horse could still be disqualified for a failed drug test and that would give Mandaloun the win. Neither Medina Spirit nor Mandaloun are expected in the Belmont. Medina Spirt finished third in the Preakness, as longshot Rombauer came from behind to win. Although Rombauer won the Preakness, he is probably not going to be the favorite in the Belmont. Rombauer won the Preakness at odds of 11-1 and it is hard to believe he is going to go from a longshot to a Belmont favorite. He could easily go off at odds of 5-1 in the Belmont.

Essential Quality was the favorite in the Kentucky Derby, but he finished a disappointing fourth. He is expected to run in the Belmont and there is a chance he could be listed as the betting favorite. Keep in mind that this horse was the 2-year old champion and he came into the Kentucky Derby unbeaten. Essential Quality has already beaten Rombauer, as he beat him in the Blue Grass.

The best filly in the country is Malathaat and there is a good chance the horse will run in the Belmont. Malathaat won the Kentucky Oaks and is unbeaten, winning all five of her races. A filly winning the Belmont is not unheard of, as Rags to Riches won the race in 2007.

Other horses we could see in the Belmont include Hot Rod Charlie who finished third in the Kentucky Derby, Pioneer of the Nile who was fourth in the Wood Memorial, Midnight Bourbon who finished 2nd in the Preakness, Brooklyn Strong who was 15th in the Derby, Known Agenda who was 9th in the Derby, Rock Your World who was 17th in the Derby, Keepmeinmind who finished fourth in the Preakness, Promise Keeper who won the Peter Pan, France Go de Ina who was 7th in the Preakness and Rebel’s Romance who won the U.A.E. Derby.

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)

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

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

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

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. Joel Rosario won his second Belmont Stakes last year and his third Triple Crown race taking Sir Winston to the winner’s circle. The only jockey who is even halfway to the record and still riding is Mike Smith, who took Justify to the Triple Crown in 2018. Now in his early-50s he's not sticking around long enough to win this race three more times.

Most Trainer Wins

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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