Saturday’s Belmont Stakes will be the 149th edition of the final leg in the Triple Crown. On Wednesday, the post positions were determined for the race, which goes off at around 6:37 PM ET on Saturday at Belmont Park. The Belmont Stakes is known as “The Test of the Champion,” as it’s the longest of the three Triple Crown races. While we don’t have the potential for a Triple Crown winner this year, we do have what looks to be a very competitive field. Here is a look at the 12 horses in the running and their betting odds for the Belmont Stakes.
Irish War Cry is the favourite at 3/1. He will start from post No. 7, where nine previous winners have come from. The post has a winning percentage of 13.8%. Irish War Cry didn’t have a good run at the Kentucky Derby, finishing 10th, but he should be well-rested after skipping the Preakness Stakes.
Japanese-bred Epicharis is attempting to become the first foreign horse to win the Belmont Stakes since Canada’s Victory Gallop in 1998. He will start from the No. 11 spot and is posted at 7/2. He’s coming off a second-place finish at the UAE Derby (G2).
Lookin’ At Lee was the favourite before the post positions were announced, but he is now 11/2 after drawing the No. 6 position, which has a winning percentage of 6.1%. He did finish second at the Kentucky Derby and fourth at the Preakness Stakes, so fatigue is a worry over this punishing 1 ½ mile race.
Senior Investment is a very interesting bet at 13/2 after drawing the No. 8 spot. That gate has a winning percentage of 9.2%. He wasn’t highly thought of going into the Preakness, but he finished third, so he’s a value bet.
Tapwrit is 15/2 after drawing the No. 2 position, which has a winning percentage of 4.6%. He came in sixth at the Kentucky Derby, and hasn’t raced since then. He should be well rested coming into the Belmont.
Gormley is posted at 12/1, and he’s a hit-or-miss colt. In his last six starts, he’s won the Santa Anita Derby (G1), the Sham Stakes (G3) and the FrontRunner Stakes (G1), but has finished fourth or worse the other three races. He placed ninth at the Kentucky Derby.
Meantime comes in at 14/1 after finishing second in the Peter Pan Stakes (G3). He’s the last horse inside of 15/1.
J Boys Echo (16/1), Multiplier (16/1), Twisted Tom (20/1), Patch (25/1) and Hollywood Handsome (33/1) round out of the field.
*Odds as of June 9, 2017