The stage, date and time for the 2015 Belmont Stakes is set and all that remains is for the racing world see if American Pharoah can end the 37-year Triple Crown drought. As we look forward to the event, scheduled for June 6th, let us take a look at all the horses in the event and the danger they pose to American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes horse racing betting odds.
Taking a Look at the Horse Racing Betting Preview at the Belmont Stakes Contenders
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1. American Pharoah, Horse Racing Betting Odds to Win the Belmont: 1-1
Is the heavy favorite to win the Belmont Stakes after cruising to a comfortable Preakness win and a well-orchestrated Derby win in Kentucky. Faces a host of competition from well-rested competitors, but showed no signs of fatigue when he took to the track this week, hence should be the horse to beat.
2. Frosted, Odds to Win the Belmont: 5-1
Was one of the favorites to win the Derby and had a good showing to finish fourth in Kentucky. Boasts of strength and speed and is expected to be one of the hottest title challengers for American Pharoah.
3. Materiality, Odds to Win the Belmont: 15-2
Son of Belmont winner Afleet Alex and won the Florida Derby earlier this year. Fought heartedly at Kentucky and could have benefitted from a better start. Hopefully, the lessons from the Churchill Downs will come in handy in New York, helping him to give a better performance.
4. Mubtaahij, Odds to Win the Belmont: 14-1
Though he finished eighth at Kentucky, Mubtaahij comes with great experience in running long races, hence could be a solid Top-3 contender at Belmont. Some experts say he could be challenged by a sandy surface, but last I checked, the Middle East is full of sand, so I’d consider that as another advantage for this great stamina horse from Dubai.
5. Carpe Diem, Odds to Win the Belmont: 16-1
A very tempting pick with good odds for a good payout, and could actually deliver if he taps into his solid potential as a quick starter. He will however need to clean up the mistakes that saw him have a bad day at Kentucky.
6. Madefromlucky, Odds to Win the Belmont: 22-1
Was the winner over the track in the Peter Pan and boasts of a good history, being the son of the famous Lookin at Lucky. He will certainly be horse to watch, considering he is trained by the legendary Todd Pletcher. He, however, doesn’t look to offer a great winning value.
7. Divining Rod, Odds to Win the Belmont: 25-1
Unexpectedly impressive at the Preakness and comes with a potential surprise factor in New York. It, however, remains to be seen if he can handle the long Belmont track.
8. Keen Ice, Odds to Win the Belmont: 25-1
The second son of Curlin and offers the best horseracing odds for bettors looking to cash in with the strongest long shot. Keen Ice is strong enough to use his durability to pass tired horses along the way close for a money shot.
9. Tale of Verve, Odds to Win the Belmont: 28-1
Most racing pundits never gave him a chance to finish on the board at the Preakness and he did a good job at disappointing those predictions, excelling in flying colors. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he gives another good account of himself once again, probably with another on-the-board finish.
10. Conquest Curlinate, Odds to Win the Belmont: 33-1
Nearly finished first in the Illinois Derby and was also impressive in his second-place finish in Belmont’s Peter Pan. Comes with the pedigree of being one of Curlin’s sons, hence is expected to race strongly like his father.
11. Frammento, Odds to Win the Belmont: 50-1
I would say he is a fill-out-the-field horse at the Belmont, but that would be hurt the feelings of his supporters and owners, so let us just say Frammento doesn’t look good enough to handle the rest of the horses in the field.
Note: For those who wanted to bet on War Story, the latest is that the horse owned by Ron Paolucci’s will skip the Belmont and instead wait for the June 20 Ohio Derby (Grade. III) at Thistledown.