The New York Post takes you through everything you need to know about betting on the Belmont Stakes. Read all about what kind of bets you can place and understand the odds, as well as some tips and tricks to help you at the Run for the Carnations.
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Summer is here, and the final race of the Triple Crown is upon us. June of each year means Horse Racing heads to Belmont Park racetrack for the Belmont Stakes. The 2021 renewal will be the 153rd running of this Grade 1 race which dates back to 1867.
The race is run on the dirt over a trip of twelve furlongs which is open to 3yo colts & geldings who will carry 126 pounds (57kgs) and 3yo fillies who will carry 121 pounds (55kg).
Trainer Rodolphe Brisset will try to win the first Grade 1 race of his career when he sends out the favored We the People in the 2022 Belmont Stakes on Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. A son of Constitution, We the People has three wins in four career starts and is coming off a front-running score in the Peter Pan Stakes. He is one of the front runners in the 2022 Belmont Stakes odds, joined closely by Wood Memorial winner Mo Donegal and Kentucky Derby superstar Rich Strike.
Post time for the Belmont Stakes 2022 is 6:44 p.m. ET. Before making any 2022 Belmont Stakes picks, check out our expert’s guide on how to bet on the Test of Champions.
The Belmont covers a mile and a half, a distance many American horses are not bred to run. This distance is longer than both the Kentucky Derby (1 and ¼ mile) and the Preakness Stakes (1 and 3/16 mile). Check out the racing records of their sire, dam, and the other foals by their sire and dam. If many of them show Classic-distance stamina, that is a good sign that they will pass the Test of the Champion.
Another thing to consider for the Belmont Stakes is the running style of the contenders. Typically, horses with tactical speed do well in the Belmont. Though closers tend to be overbet in the Belmont because bettors notice them running well late in the Kentucky Derby, the results of the Belmont Stakes reveal that closers usually finish underneath and winners typically come from on or near the lead. This is not a hard and fast rule — with too many speed horses, the Belmont just might set up for a closer—but with even a moderate pace scenario, horses on or near the lead carry more weight on the winning end.
There is no better guide to the Belmont than the other two Triple Crown events, but given the fact that Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike skipped the Preakness Stakes, there are plenty of other prep races to consider. Here are just a few of the prep races and the Belmont Stakes horses that ran in them to consider.
The most popular and simple bet in all horse racing. You are placing money on your horse to win the Belmont Stakes. Anywhere but first in the Belmont Stakes, your bet is a loser.
“Place” is the term used for a horse finishing in the top two of the Belmont Stakes. For this wager, you’re picking a horse that is going to finish first or second in a race.
“Show” is horse racing vernacular for finishing in the top three at Belmont. You would win this wager if your horse finishes in first, second or third place.
Some bettors will place a wager on a horse “across the board,” meaning they are putting a certain dollar amount on that horse to either win, finish second or third.
If the horse wins, the bettor gets paid out on all three positions. If the horses finish second, you win the place and show spots. A third-place finish will win you just the show money.
An exacta requires the player to select two horses that he or she thinks will finish first and second in the exact order you place them. A tough bet to win, but a huge payout if it lands.
An exacta box wager gives the bettor a little more insurance on an exacta bet. If you are playing an exacta box, you need to select at least two horses. If any combination of those horses come in first and second, you win.
Example: You think the No. 5 horse will win, the No. 2 will place (finish second) and the No. 1 will show (finish third) and, you would like to make a $1 wager on trifecta. You would then place the bet as a $1 trifecta 5/2/1. Should that exact combination come in, you win the bet and the payout will usually be great.
Although not as popular as exactas or trifectas, some punters enjoy the high-reward nature of superfecta bets. Obviously, picking four horses to finish in the exact order is nearly impossible, so the odds for superfecta bets can get quite high.
Plus, plenty of tracks and racebooks offer $0.10 superfecta wagering, which can be more attractive for the novice or casual player to get involved in this kind of market at a relatively low cost.
Fractional odds represent the ratio of the profit won to the stake. For example, a fractional listing of 6/1 (six-to-one) odds would mean that you win $6 against every $1 you wager, in addition to receiving your dollar back (i.e., the amount you wagered).
In other words, this is the ratio of the amount (profit) won to the initial bet, which means that you will receive your stake ($1) in addition to the profit ($6), resulting in a total payout of $7. Therefore, if you stake $10 at 6/1 and win, you get a total payout of $70 ($60 profit + $10 stake).
As with any sports betting, it’s important to do some research before placing any bets. There are plenty of statistics and form websites where you can research horses, trainer, jockey, previous races, form, and styles. We’ve picked out some of the best sites to help craft your Belmont Stakes bet.
The 154th running of the Belmont Stakes takes place on Saturday, June 11 and headlines the biggest day of racing at historic Belmont Park with eight Grade 1 races. Post time for the Belmont Stakes is 6:49 p.m. ET.
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source: New York Post