Even people who are not a huge fan of horse racing will still gladly plop down a few bucks when the Triple Crown races come around each year. If you haven’t played any of the first two races, then you are looking at your last chance to get into your online sportsbook and make a splash in the Triple Crown. This Saturday sees the final race of the grueling trio take place on Saturday, June 11 at Belmont Park in New York. There will be no horses looking to hoist the Triple Crown this time around, as Nyquist took the Kentucky Derby, while Exaggerator took the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Park. The Derby winner will not be running in this one, which will more than likely have Exaggerator in as the morning line favorite. Let’s take a look at some of the top betting odds for the big race, including a few exotics possibilities.
Inside Analysis on the 2016 Belmont Stakes Top Betting Picks
Top Picks to win the Belmont Stakes
As mentioned already, it will be Exaggerator who will be the favorite for the Belmont Stakes this weekend. He put in a stunning performance on an off track at the Preakness, and we can perhaps expect to see more of the same on Saturday, especially if Belmont Park gets some rain in the days leading up to the race.
Stradivari may only have raced four times heading into the Belmont, but this horse is a legitimate threat. The pace of the race did him in at the Preakness, but it’s not likely to be the same set-up on Saturday, which may allow home to strike coming down the stretch. Suddenbreakingnews maybe a horse that benefits from the longer distance of the Belmont, and he now also gets Mike Smith as his jockey. This is a man who has had plenty of experience in big races, and that may make a difference for this horse.
Top Exotic Picks for the Belmont Stakes
You have to figure that Exaggerator is going to be in the money, so it’s probably a good idea to go with him in all of your exotics picks. If you are not looking to spend a lot of money, you could key him on top in your bets, but you also run the risk of not cashing a winning ticket of he doesn’t finish first. I always like to box my exotics, especially in the bigger races where any of the horses in the field has a legitimate shot at winning.
For the exacta box, I will be playing Exaggerator, Stradivari, and will decide on the day whether to go with either Suddenbreakingnews or Brody’s Cause. I will have all 4 of the aforementioned horses in my trifecta box, and I will likely try to put those 4 into some sort of order so that I can play a $1 superfecta ticket.
There are a lot of good options here, so be sure to keep track of the live odds to get a better idea of where the best value lies.