It has been a long time since horse racing betting fans have seen a thoroughbred win the Triple Crown, but they will get another shot at seeing a horse take a shot at racing immortality when American Pharoah competes in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park in New York.
Taking a Closer Look at the Horse Racing Betting on Belmont Stakes Trifecta Picks
American Pharoah, an ominous threat to the Triple Crown drought. (photo credit – Jon Kral) pic.twitter.com/jbfTwwDId1
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A Triple Crown Winner?
There are a number of reasons why so many horses have tried and failed in their efforts to win the Triple Crown, and it is usually the Belmont Stakes that proves to be their downfall. Running 3 major races in such a short period of time is a test for any horse, but when you add to that the fact that this final leg is at the mile and a half distance, you begin to understand why it is so difficult to achieve. You also have to look at the fact that some owners and trainers hold out their best horses until the final leg, as they know that the other horses that have already run in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness may well be running on fumes. That final point was angrily pointed out by California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn after his horse came up short when going for the Triple Crown last year.
If American Pharoah is going to defy the odds and win the Belmont Stakes, he is going to have an easier road than many that have come before. Carpe Diem and The Truth or Else have both been scratched from the race, which leaves a field of just 8 for the big race. That is what he had to face at the Preakness a few weeks back, and we all know how that turned out.
American Pharoah is currently listed as a 4/5 favorite for the race, which makes finding betting value a little bit tougher. One way to try and make some money is with the exotics, and the trifecta in particular. It’s a little bit easier to get in the money with a smaller field like this one, so let’s look at some trifecta plays that might help you cash a ticket.
The Horse Betting Picks
To me, this is the best chance in years to see a Triple Crown winner, which is why I would put American Pharoah on top with your trifecta picks. If you are convinced he will win, you might have a ticket that goes American Pharoah with ALL with ALL. This ticket will cost you $42 for a $1 stake, and will cover you should one of the longer priced horses make it into money. If that is a little too rich for your blood, think about putting a couple of horses in the number 2 spot instead of all, as that would bring the cost of the wager down to $12. Frosted and Materiality might be good choices for that second place spot.