Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Belmont Stakes takes place before the Kentucky Derby this year. Not only that, but the Belmont happens at 1 1/8 miles over dirt instead of at 1 ½ miles. Although the changes have thrown a wrench into some plans, the top-rated Kentucky Derby prospect, Tiz the Law, will run at Big Sandy on Saturday. Will Tiz the Law take the first jewel in this year’s Horse Racing Triple Crown? Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Belmont Stakes for Saturday, June 20. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
2020 Belmont Stakes
- When: Saturday, June 20 at 5:42 pm ET
- Where: Belmont Park, Elmont, NY
- Distance/Surface: 1 1/8 miles over dirt
- Weather: Partly Cloudy
2020 Belmont Stakes Morning Line Odds
- pp-1 Tap It To Win 6-1
- pp-2 Sole Volante 9-2
- pp-3 Max Player 15-1
- pp-4 Modernist 15-1
- pp-5 Farmington Road 15-1
- pp-6 Fore Left 30-1
- pp-7 Jungle Runner 50-1
- pp-8 Tiz the Law 6-5
- pp-9 Post 5-1
- pp-10 Pneumatic 8-1
Win: Tap It To Win 6-1
Make no mistake, Tiz the Law will be super tough to beat. The Barclay Tagg trained runner looked like a beast when dominating his peers in the Grade 1 Florida Derby in early March. But the Law faces a much better group on Saturday in the Belmont than he did in the Florida Derby.
Mark Casse won the Preakness and Belmont last year. Tap It To Win resembles War of Will, Casse’s Preakness winner, more than he does Sir Winston, the trainer’s 2019 Belmont Stakes winner. The thing to like about Tap It To Win is how he’s improved in his last couple of races.
The key to winning Triple Crown events is to get your horse to peak at the right time. Tiz the Law may have already peaked while Tap It To Win has more upside. We’re on him to upset the chalk.
Place: Tiz the Law 6-5
Even if Tiz the Law takes a step back, he should finish no worse than second. Sired by Constitution and from a Tiznow mare, Tiz the Law has 4 wins from 5 races. His Grade 3 Holy Bull win was spectacular while he could have beaten the Florida Derby competition by much more than 4 ½ lengths.
If Tap It To Win doesn’t more forward, Tiz the Law figures to dominate again. If you don’t mind accepting low odds on a horse in a Triple Crown race, back the Law to take no prisoners on Saturday.
Show: Dr. Post 5-1
The main reason to like Dr. Post? A fellow named Todd Pletcher trains. Pletcher won his first Belmont Stakes with a filly named Rags to Riches. She upset Curlin, one of the greatest horses to ever race, to take the Belmont.
Dr. Post has won two in a row. He’s a seriously talented runner. He may not be ready to beat Tap It To Win or Tiz the Law. But he should get into the trifecta.
Fourth: Sole Volante 9-2
The Tampa Bay Derby second place finisher rates as the “wise guy” runner. Although on paper there’s enough speed to flatter his closing kick, he’s never come close to facing top 3-year-olds like Tiz the Law, Dr. Post, and Tap It To Win.
Volante should run on for fourth. He’s not of the same quality as the top 3 choices, though. Who knows? Maybe, he surprises. It’s probably a wise move to use him underneath, and leave it at that.