The 2019 Belmont Stakes takes place this Saturday. Only four horses are likely to offer odds less than +1000: Preakness Stakes winner War of Will, Preakness Stakes runner-up Everfast, Wood Memorial winner Tacitus, and Louisiana Derby runner-up Spinoff. Check out our 2019 Belmont Stakes odds and analysis for all four of those horses.
2019 Belmont Stakes Betting Favorites
- When: Saturday, June 8
- Where: Belmont Park, Elmont, NY
- TV: NBC
- Live Stream: NBCSports.com
2019 Belmont Stakes Odds
- Tacitus +160
- War of Will +200
- Everfast +800
- Spinoff +900
The Bill Mott trained son of Tapit ran about as well as possible considering the circumstances in the Kentucky Derby. Although he had a rough trip, he never threw in the towel. Tacitus finished fourth. He went up to third after the stewards disqualified Maximum Security.
Tacitus looks like a solid favorite. His odds have gone down some since he opened at +200. There’s a chance he ends up the second choice in this. If he does, every horseplayer must consider backing him.
War of Will
Trainer Mark Casse believes that if Maximum Security hadn’t interfered with his horse, he’d have won the Kentucky Derby. War of Will came back two weeks later to win the Preakness Stakes. Although he most definitely deserves consideration to win on June 8, he’s harder to back than Tacitus is.
Most three-year-olds find it difficult to win three races at three different tracks and at three different distances in the span of 5 weeks. War of Will could be tired after the tough Derby run and the Preakness victory. If he’s not tired, he’ll have a shot.
Everfast closed great to finish second to War of Will in the Preakness Stakes. He looked good doing it, but the last time he finished that well, he ran off three disappointing efforts. He lost by 18 lengths in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes. He lost by 15 lengths in the Grade 1 Florida Derby. He lost by 10 lengths in the Grade 3 Pat Day Mile.
We probably should also question the Preakness Stakes depth. The race seemed to lack talent outside of War of Will and Improbable. Everfast might be a throw out if you believe he bounces.
One of two Todd Pletcher trained horses in the race, Intrepid Heart is the other, Spinoff might be a sneaky good play to win the Belmont Stakes. The Derby is a throw out for this horse. He went wide throughout and just gave up after getting so much mud thrown in his face and seeing how far ahead his competition was.
The Belmont will be a much smaller field. If his jockey could put him in a good position early, who knows? Todd Pletcher has won the Belmont Stakes three times while Spinoff should get some distance breeding from his mother, Zaftig. Spinoff can pull off the upset on June 8 as one of the less than +1000 choices.