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Belmont Stakes Tips & 2018 Betting Predictions
|Date||Saturday June 9, 2018|
|Race Type||Set weights|
|Prize money||$1.5 million|
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.
|Just A Game Stakes||Antonoe|
|Jaipur Invitational||Disco Partner|
|Acorn Stakes||Abel Tasman|
|Woody Stephens Stakes||American Anthem|
|Metropolitan Handicap||Mor Spirit|
|Easy Goer Stakes||West Coast|
|Brooklyn Invitational||War Story|
|Ogden Phillips Handicap||Songbird|
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
|2011||Ruler On Ice|
|2007||Rags To Riches|
|1999||Lemon Drop Kid|
|1990||Go And Go|