Top Betting Favorites to Win the 2017 Belmont Stakes

Posted by Peter Boysen on June 6, 2017 in

The final draw for the field of 13 horses in the 2017 Belmont Stakes is set to take place at 11:00am Eastern time on Wednesday at Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center. In the meantime, you can find odds on some of the most likely entrants — and some of the favorites. We’ve put together some research on some of our top picks as you consider your placing horse betting picks for the final race of the Triple Crown series this year.

Top Betting Favorites to Win the 2017 Belmont Stakes

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

Classic Empire

When it comes to the numbers — most money won, speed numbers — and the way that he runs, he should be the favorite. However, you have to consider the fact that (except for American Pharoah), favorites tend to come to Belmont and stumble big-time, particularly after they have run both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, as that race fatigue kicks in down that long homestretch.


If Epicharis comes away with the win, his ownership will collect a $1 million bonus — and the race is set for a simulcast to Japan for the first time. Epicharis won two of his 2016 races at the Tokyo Racecourse, which is one of the few dirt racetracks in the entire country. While his results have been impressive, they have largely taken place in Japan — and they have been slow. At the Hyacinth Stakes (also in Tokyo), he posted a 1:37.4 mile, which is significantly slower than what dirt horses tend to put up in the U.S. So Epicharis could stumble at Belmont as well.

Irish War Cry

This is definitely a horse that could take first place. His result at the Kentucky Derby was kind of a pig’s breakfast, but overall, his speed numbers are solid. His finish at Preakness was much better, even though he still came up short. He has the stamina to last through that 1-½ mile track at Belmont, and it would not surprise me at all to see him edge out a tiring Classic Empire.

Hollywood Handsome

It looked like Hollywood Handsome might get pulled off the Belmont list and rest for the Ohio Derby, but then trainer Dallas Stewart changed his mind, thinking that the distance at Belmont will be a perfect opportunity. Stewart has brought a lot of longshots to the Triple Crown races and then bettors have found those horses on the board. Hollywood Handsome only has two wins, but both of them have come this year.

Lookin at Lee

This horse always puts on a big finish. However, we may see a new jockey as trainer Steve Asmussen wants to see Lookin at Lee stay up with the pack more from the beginning so that he does not fall into as big of a hole. However, this is another example of a horse in danger of race fatigue after two big outings at Churchill Downs and Pimlico.