May 9, 2018
Track: Belmont Park Race Course
Elmont, New York
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Belmont Park is a major thoroughbred horse-racing facility located just outside New York City, in the adjacent Nassau County suburb of Elmont, Long Island. Its mile-and-a-half (2.4 km) main track is the largest dirt course in Thoroughbred racing.
Winners of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes often make for some intense rematches between the horse racing's top contenders - a level of competition that makes for even greater viewing for horse racing betting fans or for those watching it on television.
The third jewel in the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes can make or break a Triple Crown champion.
For horse racing fans intent on following the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes can be the hardest race to handicap because of its longer track. The main thing to consider, then, is picking a horse that has proven it can go the distance. this means that you have to pay closer attention to how a horse runs the races that occur earlier in the season that resemble the Belmont. Look for the horses that perform well in other 1 mile long races, as that is the length of the Belmont. Over the years many horses have won the first two races in the Triple Crown only to be defeated in the Belmont Stakes.
When you consider Belmont Stakes betting you will find a lot of big name trainers. You will notice Bob Baffert and D. Wayne Lukas and think that they are good trainers to bet on in the Belmont but that not always works. Lukas has won this race several times but his winning percentage is actually not that good. A better trainer in the Preakness recently has been Steve Asmussen who won with Curlin in 2007 and with Rachel Alexandra in 2009.
Asmussen will have Astrology in this year’s race. Baffert is always a trainer to consider in this race as he has three wins this decade. One trainer that is not recommended for bets is Nick Zito. He has had a lot of starters in the Belmont but he has just one win and that came in 1996 when Louis Quatorze won at odds of 8-1. n this race at double-digit odds.
When you get ready to make your Belmont Stakes bet you want to keep in mind that the best post is #6 while the #4 is second best. The rail is not the kiss of death in the Belmont that it is in the Derby as a number of horses have won from the rail although many of those wins were early in the race’s history. Unlike the Kentucky Derby, favorites do very well in the Belmont. In fact, favorites win the Belmont nearly half the time. Longshots simply do not do well in the Preakness so don’t expect to see the huge payoffs that you saw in the Derby.