Belmont Stakes Early Betting Overview

Posted by Aaron . on May 25, 2016 in

Three weeks after the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, the Belmont Stakes take off in upstate New York. Some of the horses in the field will be in their third race in five weeks, which is a grueling schedule. Exaggerator is confirmed to be in the race, and Nyquist is a potential entry as well. However, there are quite a few talented colts who did not appear in either the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness and could make waves in the field. Find the latest sportsbook odds here.

Belmont Stakes Early Betting Overview

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016, 5:00pm Eastern time
Where: Belmont Park, Elmont, NY
Radio: Horse Racing Radio Network
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Odds: TBA



Here are some early odds on potential entrants:

Exaggerator 7-5
Nyquist 8-5
Unified 3-1
Suddenbreakingnews 7-2
Destin 6-1
Cherry Wine 9-1
Lani 12-1
Governor Malibu 20-1
American Freedom 20-1

The steady speed that Exaggerator showed proved to be the wiser strategy than the white-hot pace that Nyquist held out of the gate at the Preakness Stakes, but that pace left Nyquist without the reserve that he needed to stave off Exaggerator down the home stretch. The Belmont Stakes is a much longer race, though, at 1 ½ miles, the longest of the three races, which means that strategy will need to be somewhat different. Nyquist and Exaggerator now have a real rivalry, and they could keep making races interesting for the rest of the year. These are two evenly matched competitors, and Belmont could give one of them the edge in their rivalry.

Suddenbreakingnews’ trainer, Donnie Von Hemel, thought about putting his horse in the Preakness after seeing him roll to fifth place in the Kentucky Derby, but he decided to give him the extra rest and bring him back at Belmont. He has shown the stamina to do well in the mile and a half course.

Destin came in sixth at the Kentucky Derby, but when he came in, he had had an unusually long eight weeks off since his last start. With a more traditional race preparation schedule, he could have done even better. He finished four furlongs in 48.22 seconds in a recent workout, which would set him up nicely to make things interesting at Belmont.

Lani has a reputation for odd behavior (especially for a horse), both during the races and off the track. He tallied fifth at the Preakness Stakes and appears to be going the right way toward contention. Preakness was a wet mess that day, and the huge pace at the beginning may actually have helped Lani take advantage late. The experience could help him rumble in big at Belmont.

Governor Malibu entered graded stakes at his last start for the first time, and he finished second at the Peter Pan Stakes with a close that could have won it on a longer track. His trainer took a similar path with Tonalist in 2014, so we could see the Governor walk away with a first place finish again.