2018 Belmont Stakes Betting Odds

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Belmont Stakes Betting OddsTriple Crown Betting: The Test of Champions. Many are the horses who lived to tell about the first two legs of the Triple Crown, but rare is the pony who can finish the deed and win the Triple Crown. The grueling 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes is known as the toughest race in the Sport of Kings to win, particularly for a colt who has already run in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Still, those who survive to win this race, even if they aren't Triple Crown winners, go down in immortality in the history of horse racing.

The 2018 Belmont Stakes is scheduled for Saturday, June 9. As is the case every year, the action at Belmont Park can be seen live on NBC.

2018 Belmont Stakes At a Glance

Race Distance: 1 1/2 Miles

Record: 2:24 (Secretariat, 1973)

Purse: Approximately $1.5 million

Qualification: 3-year olds (colts and fillies)

Belmont Stakes Format

Generally speaking, if you own a three-year old thoroughbred, you can get him into the Belmont Stakes. In actuality though, you do actually have to qualify for the race. Finishing in the top five of either of the first two legs of the Triple Crown automatically gives a horse a spot in the Belmont Stakes field, while winning the Peter Pan Stakes the week between the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes also grants admission into the field. Often times, any trainer who feels like his horse ran well at the Peter Pan tries his hand at the Belmont Stakes as well.

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 of that trail and run in the Belmont instead.

Only a total of 23 fillies have ever tried to run in the Belmont Stakes. Three have won it, the only one of which since 1905 was Rags to Riches in 2007.

List of Belmont Stakes Winners (Since 2000)

Year Winner Odds Jockey Trainer Time
2017Tapwrit5.30Jose OrtizTodd Pletcher2:30.02
2016Creator15.00Irad Ortiz Jr.Steve Asmussen2:28.51
2015American Pharoah0.75Victor EspinozaBob Baffert2:26.65
2014Tonalist12.00Joel RosarioChristophe Clement2:28.52
2013Palace Malice13.00Mike SmithTodd Pletcher2:30.70
2012Union Rags3.00John VelazquezMichael Matz2:30.42
2011Ruler on Ice24.00Jose Valdivia Jr.Kelly Breen2:30.88
2010Drosselmeyer13.00Mike SmithWilliam Mott2:31.57
2009Summer Bird12.00Kent DesormeauxTim Ice2:27.54
2008Da'Tara38.00Alan GarciaNick Zito2:29.65
2007Rags to Riches4.00John VelazquezTodd Pletcher2:28.74
2006Jazil6.00Fernandez JaraKiaran McLaughlin2:27.86
2005Afleet Alex1.15Jeremy RoseTimothy Ritchey2:28.75
2004Birdstone36.00Edgar PradoNick Zito2:27.50
2003Empire Maker2.00Jerry BaileyRobert Frankel2:28.26
2002Sarava70.25Edgar PradoKenneth McPeek2:29.71
2001Point Given1.35Gary StevensBob Baffert2:26.56
2000Commendable18.80Pat DayD. Wayne Lukas2:31.19

Fastest Times in Belmont Stakes History

Year Horse Time
1989Easy Goer2:26.00
1992A.P. Indy2:26.13
1988Risen Star2:26.40
2001Point Given2:26.56

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 chief amongst 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.

So consider anything beyond 2:27 to be a great time to win the Belmont Stakes in. 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 the Belmont Stakes

Year Horse Odds
1980Temperence Hill53.40
2008Da' Tara38.00

Upsets in the Belmont Stakes have certainly been a lot 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 in Belmont Stakes History

Jockey Belmont Stakes Wins Years Won
Jim McLaughlin61882, 1883, 1884, 1886, 1887, 1888
Eddie Arcaro61941, 1942, 1945, 1948, 1952, 1955
Earl Sande51921, 1923, 1924, 1927, 1930
Bill Shoemaker51957, 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 again. The only man who is even halfway there and is still competitively racing is Gary Stevens, and at this point in his career, he's not sticking around long enough to win this race three more times. It's a real feat to win this race just once though, and any jockey who has his name in the list of Belmont Stakes winners should be celebrated.

Most Trainer Wins in Belmont Stakes History

Trainer Belmont Stakes Wins Years Won
James G. Rowe Sr.81883, 1884, 1901, 1904, 1908, 1910, 1913, 1931
Sam Hildreth71899, 1909, 1916, 1917, 1921, 1923, 1924
Jim Fitzsimmons61930, 1932, 1935, 1936, 1939, 1955
Woody Stephens51982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
Max Hirsch41928, 1946, 1950, 1954
D. Wayne Lukas41994, 1995, 1996, 2000
R. Wyndham Walden41878, 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. D. Wayne Lukas is at the very end of his career, and he only has four triumphs in the Belmont, and each of the last nine trainers to win the third leg of the Triple Crown were different.

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