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Road to the 2019 Belmont Stakes: Belmont Stakes Odds and Contenders 

With the final leg of the Triple Crown set for Saturday, we can almost hear the pounding hooves on a dirt track. Every year, the Belmont Stakes attracts the world’s top three-year-old Thoroughbreds to race a full 1 ½ miles on the dirt track for a slice of the $1.5 million purse. It is almost certainly the longest race that any of the three-year-old contenders will have attempted at this point in their careers. 

The field will be set officially on Tuesday, June 4, but early birds can get in some Belmont Stakes betting action before then with 10 horses that are currently available for betting at the futures section of Bodog Racebook. We’ll discuss the best bets, including the top five favourites for straight wagers, and three value picks to help fill out exotics on the Belmont Stakes betting lines. 


Odds Horse Trainer Jockey
+200 Tacitus Bill Mott Jose Ortiz
+225 War Of Will Mark Casse Tyler Gaffalione
+700 Master Fencer Koichi Tsunda Julien Leparoux
+800 Bourbon War Mark Hennig Mike Smith
+800 Intrepid Heart Todd Pletcher John Velazquez
+1000 Everfast Dale Romans Luis Saez
+1200 Spinoff Todd Pletcher TBD
+1200 Tax Danny Gargan TBD
+1200 Sir Winston Mark Casse Joel Rosario
+3300 Joevia Greg Sacco TBD

2019 Belmont Stakes Favourites

The top two favourites for Belmont Stakes betting are good picks for both straight wagers and exotics.

Tacitus, Bill Mott +200 Odds on the Belmont Stakes

This year’s Belmont Stakes favourite is the Bill Mott-trained Tacitus. After breaking his maiden on his second attempt last November, Tacitus won both races leading up to the Kentucky Derby. That includes the Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby and the Wood Memorial Stakes—both are grade 2 events. 

At the Kentucky Derby, Tacitus and jockey Jose Ortiz used a closing style that propelled them to fourth (third after Maximum Security’s disqualification) at the end of the homestretch. At the Belmont Stakes, they’ll have a quarter of a mile more to work with when closing in on the pace setters, who will likely be growing tired by that time. 

Tacitus certainly has the lineage needed to excel at the Belmont Stakes. His sire, Tapit, is a multiple graded stakes winner who has produced three of the last five Belmont Stakes winners. Combine his quality lineage with the fact that Tacitus is already familiar with Belmont Park, having competed there last October, and you have all the makings of a Belmont Stakes champion. 

War of Will, Mark Casse +250 Odds on the Belmont Stakes

Winner of the Preakness Stakes, War of Will is a ‘probable’ for the Belmont Stakes. He’s the only horse to compete in all three legs of the Triple Crown this year. Normally, competing in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness before the Belmont could lead to fatigue, and many trainers like to skip the Preakness for this reason, but War of Will is no stranger to hard work. With 10 completed races under his saddle, he is more experienced than most three-year-olds entering the Belmont Stakes.

 

How to Bet on the Belmont Stakes

Anyone can look through a list of Belmont contenders and pick a horse to bet on, but there are plenty more ways than that to bet on the Belmont Stakes betting lines. We’ll explain everything from simple straight bets to complex exotics to ensure you are equipped with the knowledge needed to capitalize on the Belmont.

Belmont Stakes Straight Wagers (Win/Place/Show) 

A straight wager involves betting on a single horse to finish in the money. You can bet on the horse to win the race by taking the “win” wager. This is the toughest bet out of the three straight bets, but it also pays the most if you win. As for the “place” bet, your horse can finish first or second, and your bet will pay out. The “show” bet requires your horse to finish first, second or third to pay out—the exact placement doesn’t matter. Place bets pay the least out of the three straight wagers, but they have the highest odds of winning. 

Belmont Stakes Exotic Bets 

Exotics are a little bit harder to win than straight wagers because you’re betting on multiple horses through a single wager. 

Belmont Stakes Exacta Betting

Betting on the winner and second-place finisher, and getting them both in the right order, is what “exacta” betting is all about. 

Belmont Stakes Trifecta Betting 

To win the Belmont Stakes trifecta, you must predict the first three horses to cross the finish line—all in the right order.

Belmont Stakes Superfecta Betting

First, second, third and fourth must be predicted in the right order for your superfecta to pay out. 

Belmont Stakes Quinella Betting

A quinella bet asks you to pick the first two horses to cross the finish line, and unlike with the exacta, you don’t have to get them in the right order to win.

What are Boxed Wagers in Belmont Stakes Betting?

To reduce risk in an exotic bet, you can box your wager. This effectively removes the requirement of getting the correct order for the finishing horses. If you box a trifecta, you need to accurately predict the first three horses to finish the race—but the order doesn’t count.

What are Wheeled Bets in Belmont Stakes Betting?

Wheeled bets make it so that you need to get the finishing order right for select horses in your exotic wager. The remaining spots can be filled by any horses in the field. For example, you could “wheel” your exacta bet by picking a certain horse for the winner and the field for the second-place finisher. Alternatively, you could pick a certain horse to finish second and the field for first. 

Belmont Stakes Futures Betting

Before the Belmont Stakes takes place, you can get early bets in by using the futures market in the racebook. These bets aren’t part of the pari-mutuel betting system that most horse racing wagers are part of; instead, the odds that are posted when you make your futures bet are the odds that are used to pay out your ticket should you win.  

What is a Coupled Entry in Belmont Stakes Betting?

When two horses are from the same stable or trained by the same trainer, the opportunity to couple your entry arises. That means both horses count for the win.

What is a Pick 3 and Pick 4 in Belmont Stakes Betting?

On Belmont Day, there is always more than one race on the docket. Pick the winner of three consecutive races in a Pick 3, or 4 consecutive races in a Pick 4.

What Is a Daily Double in Belmont Stakes Betting?

The Daily Double combines two big races happening on Belmont Day. You must pick the winners of both races.

Before June 8, the majority of the Belmont Stakes betting action will be in the futures section of the racebook. Come race day, the exotics and straight wagers included in this guide will open up for betting under Belmont Stakes 2019 odds board, so be ready to back your favourite horses.

*Odds as of June 7, 2019

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