2017 Belmont Stakes Betting Odds & Race Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on June 5, 2017 in

On Saturday, June 10, the Belmont Stakes will take place without any of the drama that accompanies a potential Triple Crown. Always Dreaming, the winner of the Kentucky Derby, faded in the stretch run at the Preakness Stakes, giving Cloud Computing the opening he needed to win the race. Let’s take a look at the horses set to hit the dirt on Saturday.

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2017 Belmont Stakes Betting Odds & Race Info

Television Schedule

Friday, June 9 — Belmont Access, Live Races (5pm-6pm ET, NBC Sports)
Saturday, June 10 — Live Races (3pm-5pm ET, NBC Sports)
Saturday, June 10 — Belmont Stakes, Met Mile, etc. (5pm-7pm ET, NBC)

Belmont Stakes Entries and Odds

  • Classic Empire 2/1
  • Irish War Cry 3/1
  • Senior Investment 4/1
  • Epicharis, Lookin at Lee, Tapwrit 8/1
  • Meantime, Twisted Tom 17/1
  • Conquest Mo Money, Jo Boys Echo 20/1
  • Master Plan, Patch, West Coast 25/1
  • Bonus Points, Gormley, Hollywood Handsome, Irap, Multiplier, Time to Travel, True Timber 40/1

What sets the Belmont Stakes apart from the first two legs of the Triple Crown is its length — 1 ½ miles. Many quick starters have seen their early leads fade down that long stretch run, as they find they have emptied their tanks, and then those horses who conserved their energy can put on big efforts down the stretch and take the win.

Classic Empire certainly seems to be due. He came in fourth at Churchill Downs and then looked like the clear winner at the Preakness, but Cloud Computing put up a furious rush down the stretch to take the win. Classic Empire has the highest rating of any horse in the field, and he already has three wins on tracks that are longer than a mile. However, this is his fifth race of the year, so his legs could be a little tired — Cloud Computing is not one of the fastest horses out there, and he reeled Classic Empire in.

Lookin at Lee came in second at the Kentucky Derby and in fourth place at the Preakness, both results of which greatly exceeded the expectations. It will be interesting to see if he can put forth another grand effort in the Belmont Stakes, or if he will be another victim of that long homestretch.

Epicharis did not enter either the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness Stakes and has not raced at all since March 25, when he came in second at the UAE Derby. This is his first race ever outside Asia, so the travel could cause him some fatigue. His time at the UAE Derby was 1:57.76, just behind Cloud Computing (1:55.58). However, the fact that he is rated just listed as the ninth-best horse in this field by HRN suggests that he may falter at Belmont.