2016 Belmont Stakes Early Odds and Predictions
With Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist now out of the quickly approaching 2016 Belmont Stakes, the main question surrounding this year’s final leg of the Triple Crown is whether or not anyone can beat the now favored Exaggerator.
Nyquist and Preakness Stakes winner Exaggerator were set to stage one of the most intriguing races in the long history of the Belmont Stakes when the 148th running of the event took place in a couple of weeks, but with the former now being out of 2016 Belmont Stakes, the field is now far more wide open. Let’s check out the sportsbook odds for each thoroughbred currently slated to run before I finish with my prediction on the top three winners.
2016 Belmont Stakes Early Odds and Predictions – Can Exaggerator Bring Home the Bacon?
The 2016 Belmont Stakes
When: June 11, 2016-05-27
Where: Belmont Park Race Track, Elmont, NY
TV Schedule: NBC 5-7 PM ET
Belmont Stakes – Odds to Win
Cherry Wine 15-2
Brody’s Cause 12-1
Analysis: Exaggerator was favored slightly when the odds opened for this race and Nyquist was still in the field. Now, he’s virtually expected to win the Belmont Stakes at 11/10 odds. After suffering four straight losses against Nyquist, Exaggerator got the hue win at the Preakness on a sloppy track. Exaggerator has recorded three wins in his last six races and five wins in his last 10 races overall.
With a pair of fifth place finishes in his last three races, I have no idea why Suddenbreakingnews is a 13-2 favorite. I really loved the way Cherry Wine ‘turned on the jets’ down the stretch at the Preakness to beat out everyone except Exaggerator and I believe the 3-year-old colts has a great chance for the upset after finishing fourth, third and second in his last three races respectively.
Another colt I really like heading into the 2016 Belmont Stakes is Stradivari, after finishing fourth at the Preakness. This thoroughbred has a pair of wins in his last three races and could very well pull off the upset. Lani is the only horse beside Exaggerator set to race in all three Triple Crown events. The 3-year-old has three wins in his last six races but finished ninth at the Kentucky Derby and fifth at the Preakness.
Race Analysis: I know Exaggerator is a huge favorite in this race, but I’m going with Cherry Wine because of the way he finished at he Preakness and the fact that the Belmont Stakes is the longest of the three Triple Crown races. Heading into the Preakness, no one thought any thoroughbred could beat Nyquist and it happened. Now with Exaggerator being the heavy favorite, I say another upset is in store.
I’m going with Cherry Wine for first place, Exaggerator to place and Stradivari to show!
2016 Belmont Stakes Prediction
Win: Cherry Wine