Over the last few years, we have become accustomed to seeing horses going for the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes, with American Pharoah finally getting the job done last year. We are not going to have a bid this time around, though, as Nyquist and Exaggerator split the first two legs of the famous three races. Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will not even be running at Belmont Park in New York on Saturday, June 11, and many racing fans believe that the door is now wide open for the horses who will be taking part. Things will start to become a little clearer once the morning line odds have been announced, and the post positions drawn, but we can take a quick look at what to expect before the official sports betting odds are put together.
In Depth Report on the 2016 Belmont Stakes Betting Odds Overview
Probable Favorites for the Belmont Stakes
Preakness winner Exaggerator is almost certainly going to be the morning line favorite, and you can expect him to go off at pretty short odds. Expect those odds to really start getting shorter if the Belmont track is in anything less than good condition. This is a horse that seems to thrive on wet, sloppy tracks, which is exactly what he got at Pimlico in the Preakness.
Stradivari is likely to be second favorite in this race. He had a decent run at the Preakness, coming in 4 th , but you really do get the sense that this lightly raced horse was being saved for this race all along, he could be a real danger. At a mile and a half, the Belmont Stakes is a longer race than most of these horses are used to. One horse that may not mind the distance at all is the late closing Suddenbreakingnews. He was closing fast at the Kentucky Derby, and the extra distance here may allow him to get up in time.
The Rest of the Runners at the Belmont Stakes
Once you get past those three probable favorites, you are starting to probably look at betting odds that are a whole lot longer. Destin is the stablemate of Stradivari, and is probably the second best of the two horses. He was 5 th at the Derby before skipping the Preakness and heading to New York. It has been something of an up and down season for Brody’s Cause, but he has shown enough promise to still be considered a petty legitimate threat against this group.
Cherry Wine had a solid second place finish at the Preakness, but he benefited from both an off track and a fast early pace. He may not get either of those this coming Saturday. Lani is still something of a mystery package, as he was shipped in from Japan for the Kentucky Derby. He may actually be better suited to the linger distance here, but still very much a longshot. Creator went into the Derby with a lot of promise, but failed to impress. He made need a blistering early pace set-up if he is to compete here. Governor Malibu is taking a huge step up in class, so expect him to be the rank outsider. He is a game horse who seems to be improving, though, so you never know.