Only a week has passed since Rombauer’s Preakness victory, and the horse racing fans are already turning their attention to the Belmont Stakes as the third and final leg in the American Triple Crown. Although there won’t be a Triple Crown champion this year, that doesn’t take away from the excitement surrounding the “test of the champion.”
Scheduled for Saturday, June 5, the 2021 Belmont Stakes will mark the 153rd running of the race and the 110th time it will be held at Belmont Park. This year, we could see up to 14 runners at the 1.5 miles (2.4 km) track, and MyBookie.ag already has the early betting odds for all horses that are confirmed to take a trip to Elmont, New York.
Today, we look at the latest Belmont Stakes betting odds show, who are the favorites, and which horse stands out as a good longshot pick.
2021 Belmont Stakes Betting Odds Update – Horse Racing
2021 Belmont Stakes
- When: Saturday, June 5
- Where: Belmont Park, Elmont, New York
2021 Belmont Stakes Odds
- Essential Quality +250
- Rombauer +250
- Hot Rod Charlie +400
- Midnight Bourbon +450
- Rock Your World +700
- Known Agenda +700
- Keepmeinmind +1100
- Promise Keeper +1400
- Rebel’s Romance +1600
- Weyburn +1800
- France Go de Ina +3000
- Brooklyn Strong +4000
Rombauer a bit choice amongst bettors
Many horses who ran in the Kentucky Derby and skipped the Preakness Stakes are returning to run in the more lucrative Belmont Stakes. Rombauer (+250), on the other side, ran and won the Preakness and is now back for his second medal in Elmont.
He was listed as high as +500 just a couple of weeks ago and is now priced as tied-favorite with Essential Quality (+250). That isn’t too surprising considering how well Rombauer ran at the Preakness, where he rolled home against two big favorites.
One thing that would concern you in this match-up is that Rombauer finished behind Essential Quality when they met in Lexington and at the Breeders Cup Juvenile. Another thing worth considering is fatigue.
You could argue that Rombauer ran so well at the Preakness because he did not attend the Kentucky Derby. While three weeks is plenty of time for horses to rest, you can’t say for sure whether Rombauer will be as fast as he was the last time out.
Outsiders ready to impress
Each of the two Triple Crown races belonged to the underdog, and it’s hard to argue that the Belmont Stakes will be an exception to that rule. With that in mind, it makes sense to look at the underdogs who might be priced at higher odds but have all the tools needed to upset the field.
Midnight Bourbon (+450) had a disastrous trip in the Kentucky Derby and seemed poised to win at Preakness before finishing in second. If Midnight Bourbon ends up running at the Belmont Stakes, he would be the only horse in the field to compete in each leg of this year’s Triple Crown.
That once against brings up fatigue, which could make Midnight Bourbon a less appealing pick for some bettors. That said, there is a reason why Midnight Bourbon is priced as the fourth betting favorite to claim the W.
Looking further down the Belmont Stakes betting market, we have Known Agenda (+750). Todd A. Pletcher’s horse could have run much better at the Kentucky Derby had it not for his poor early speed.
This saw him get buried behind a wall of horses, with little to no chance to make it past, eventually finishing in ninth. Regardless, Known Agenda has won two races at Gulfstream Park, including the Florida Derby.
What’s more, Known Agenda will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., who has won the Belmont Stakes in 2016 with Creator as a +1000 underdog. If you liked Known Agenda in the Derby, you should give him another shot in New York.