Belmont Stakes

Belmont Stakes Tips & 2018 Betting Predictions


DateSaturday June 9, 2018
TrackBelmont Park
Distance2400m
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet weights
Prize money$1.5 million
Age3YO

13 of 34 runners paying odds-on have won the Belmont Stakes.

The Belmont Stakes is considered as "The third jewel of the Triple Crown" and that's what makes it one of the most exciting races in the world. 

The Triple Crown winner could be crowned at Belmont Park in June and bettors always gear up for the Belmont Stakes.

Belmont Stakes betting selections and tips


We will have expert tips for the Belmont Stakes available when the final-field markets are released by bookmakers.

2018 Belmont Stakes betting program


The Belmont Stakes is one of six Group 1 races on the Belmont Stakes card.


Race
2017 Winner
Just A Game StakesAntonoe
Jaipur InvitationalDisco Partner
Acorn StakesAbel Tasman
Manhattan HandicapAscend
Woody Stephens StakesAmerican Anthem
Metropolitan HandicapMor Spirit
Belmont StakesTapwrit
Easy Goer StakesWest Coast
Brooklyn InvitationalWar Story
Ogden Phillips HandicapSongbird

Belmont Stakes history


The Belmont Stakes is the longest Triple Crown race at 2400m and that was given it the name "The Test of Champions". 

Currently held in June, the Belmont Stakes was first run in 1867. It is the oldest of the Triple Crown races and was first held at Jerome Park Racetrack, which was owned by stock market speculator Leonard Jerome. 

The track was financed by August Belmont Sr and that's where the name comes from. 

The Belmont Stakes was first taken out by Ruthless, a three-year-old filly and there have been many high-profile winners since.

The great Man o'War scored by 20 lengths in 1920 which set a stakes and American record at that time, which was later passed by Secretariat.

Secretariat scored by an incredible 31 lengths in a record time of 2:24.

In 1937, War Admiral became the fourth Triple Crown winner when winning the Belmont Stakes in record time.  

A crowd of 80,000 people were on track in 1971 to cheer on Latino community hero, Canonero II, which had won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and was going for Triple Crown success.

Unfortunately it suffered a foot infection leading up to the Belmont Stakes and subsequently finished behind the placings in fourth.

The Belmont Stakes has been a tough race for Triple Crown contenders. For three years running, horses with Triple Crown aspirations failed to score when publicly supported.

War Emblem lost to Sarava and in 2003 a crowd of 101,864 watched Funny Cide finish third to Empire Maker.

A year later an even bigger crowd was on track to see Smarty Jones upset by Birdstone. 

Three more Triple Crown bids have failed since, with California Chrome being the most recent.

American Pharoah scored a win in the Belmont Stakes and sealed the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed.

There have been nine international winners of the Belmont Stakes, including five from the UK, three from Ireland and one from Canada. 

Belmont Stakes betting guide


Winners can often pay a good price in the Belmont Stakes due to the form of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Creator paid $11 when winning in 2016 and Tonalist paid $9 when winning in 2014.

Splitting those two wins was American Pharoah, which paid $1.60 on the win totes and although very short in the market, the big punters were cheering the result.

Palice Malice upset Oxbow and Orb in 2013 when scoring at odds of $16 and it shows how high-quality thoroughbreds can escapes the bookmakers' eyes.

One of the biggest upsets in Belmont Stakes history was when Birdstone upset the Triple Crown bid of Smarty Jones in 2004. There was big money placed on Smarty Jones and the entire US can captivated with his story but the fairy tale result wasn't to be.

Belmont Stakes betting trends


There have been 34 horses sent out at even money or better but only 13 of those have won since 1940.

The winner has paid more than $20 on 11 occasions since 1999 so punters should look for the value runners.

Sarava's 2002 win resulted in a $142.50 result for bettors who took the gamble on War Emblem suffering defeat.

Only four of the last eight Belmont winners ran in the Preakness Stakes. 

Past Belmont Stakes winners


Year
Winner
2017Tapwrit
2016Creator
2015American Pharoah
2014Tonalist
2013Palace Malace
2012Union Rags
2011Ruler On Ice
2010Drosselmeyer
2009Summer Bird
2008Da'Tara
2007Rags To Riches
2006Jazil
2005Afleet Alex
2004Birdstone
2003Empire Maker
2002Sarava
2001Point Given
2000Commendable
1999Lemon Drop Kid
1998Victory Gallop
1997Touch Gold
1996Editor's Note
1995Thunder Gulch
1994Tabasco Cat
1993Colonial Affair
1992A.P. Indy
1991Hansel
1990Go And Go
1989Easy Goer
1988Risen Star