The three races in the Triple Crown always draw a lot of bettors who don’t normally play a lot of money on horse racing. For those who have yet to have a flutter, the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 10 represents the final opportunity to bank some Triple Crown cash. There are a whole host of bets that can be placed on any horse race, but for those who don’t play the ponies a lot, it may be best to stick to the basics and avoid the exotics. You can still have a lot of fun and make some money by sticking to the win, place and show bets. With a win ticket, you need to pick the horse that finished first. The place bet will allow you to cash a winning ticket if your horse finishes first or second, albeit at reduced odds, while the show ticket will pay out if your horse finishes in the top 3, again at reduced odds. Before you log in to your online sportsbook to make a bet, let’s take a look at some of your options.
Taking a Look at the 2016 Belmont Stakes Win, Place & Show Betting Picks
Possible win bets at the 2016 Belmont Stakes
Given how Exaggerator performed at the Preakness a couple of weeks back, there is a very good chance that he will get a lot of the betting action. This means that he is likely to go off at very short odds, and while he may be a safe bet, you may not make a lot of money by betting on him. It’s also worth remembering that the favorite only wins about 30% of the time, so it may pay to go looking for a horse that might spring the upset.
My best pick to take down Exaggerator is Stradivari. He is a light raced horse who put in a very decent effort in the slop at the Preakness. When Exaggerator wins, he tends to do so on an off track, so look for the upset if the going is good at Belmont Park next Saturday.
Possible place bets at the 2016 Belmont Stakes
A place bet on Exaggerator would not make a lot of sense given is likely short odds, and that again means looking for another higher priced alternative. There are a few good options available in the Belmont, starting with the aforementioned Stradivari. You may also want to take a look at his stablemate, Suddenbreakingnews, or perhaps Brody’s Cause. All of those horses should go off at higher prices, and will still pay out a decent amount for the place.
Possible show bets for the 2016 Belmont Stakes
A show bet is a pretty safe one given that your horse can finish in the top 3, but it also pays some heavily reduced odds. That means that a show bet should really only be played if you like one of the higher priced horses. Brody’s Cause would fit nicely into this slot, as would Cherry Wine. Both will be on the higher end of the betting odds scale, and should still make you a tidy profit with a show bet.