The 2019 Belmont Stakes will be the 151st running of this earliest Triple Crown event. The race will take place at Belmont Park in New York and is scheduled for Saturday, June 8.
Unlike the Kentucky Derby, where there is a buzz around the event no matter what the circumstances are, the enthusiasm for the Belmont depends on the results of the first two races. When there’s not a horse that has won the first two legs in Churchill Downs and Pimlico, the atmosphere simply isn’t the same in Belmont Park.The last two horses to come in with a chance to win the Triple Crown have delivered the goods with Justify last year and American Pharoah at 2015. When American Pharoah won, he was the first two accomplish the feat since Affirmed in 1978. It snapped a streak of 13 straight times that the winner of the Derby and Preakness failed to win at the final leg.
This year that buzz will not be there, as Kentucky Derby winner, Country House, did not even race at the Preakness Stakes.
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Belmont Betting Odds: Favorites & Top Contenders
Two key factors which you need to look at with this particular race would be the demanding 1.5-mile distance rather than every horse racing in three occasions.
This race is 1/4 a mile longer than the Derby and 5/16 of a mile farther than that of the Preakness. A number of the horses who do not do well from the Kentucky Derby, forget the Preakness to rest up for this particular race. There’s also some horses that take both of the first two legs off to give their very best attempt at this function.
As of now, there are 9 horses that are recorded with odds to win the race. While the fields for this race are usually not a lot, this is on the small end of entrants.
The odds on favorite to win the race is Tacitus, who’s recorded at 7/4 (+175). Tacitus finished 3rd in the Kentucky Derby, but didn’t operate at the Preakness Stakes.
Certainly the largest threat to Tacitus is War of Will, whose odds are only marginally worse at 5/2 (+250). After finishing 7th at the Kentucky Derby, War of Will went on to win the Preakness Stakes.
No additional horse in the field has odds better than 8 to 1, which is where you locate equally Everfast and Master Fencer. There is another little gap till you locate Intrepid Heart and Sir Winston in 12/1. That leaves Spinoff at 16/1, with Joevia and Tax sharing the worst possibility to triumph at 20/1.
For a more in-depth look at the horses in action, here is a breakdown of the contenders in the area.