Top Favorites at the 2018 Belmont Stakes Odds to Win

Posted by Henry Watkins on Tuesday,June 5, 2018 11:32, EDT in

This coming Saturday, June 9, will see the final leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown run, with 9 horses expected to be in the field. The 150th Belmont Stakes could prove to be a special one, as we may well see only the 13th winner of the Triple Crown, as 2018 Belmont Stakes odds favorite Justify looks to earn one of the toughest titles in sports. History is not on his side, though, as the Belmont Stakes has proven to be a killer for many favorites, especially those going after the Triple Crown.

The reason it’s so tough to win is that the three races come relatively close together and because the final race is a grueling mile and a half slog that is tough for any horse to handle. Let’s take a closer look at the current Belmont Stakes odds favorites for the 2018 Belmont Stakes.

Top Favorites at the 2018 Belmont Stakes Odds to Win

  • What: 150th Belmont Stakes
  • When: June 9, 2018
  • Where: Belmont Park, Elmont, New York, U.S.
  • Post time: 6:37 p.m ET
  • TV: NBC
  • Live Stream: NBC Sports app

2018 Belmont Stakes Betting Preview, TV Schedule & Entry List

Justify

  • 2018 Belmont Stakes Odds to Win: -140

He won the Kentucky Derby in some style but was made to work very hard for his next win at the Preakness Stakes. It’s fair to suggest that he looked like a tired horse at the end of that one, and had that race gone a little longer, as it will at Belmont Park, we would probably not be talking about a Triple Crown right now.

That said, this is a horse that has done nothing but winning since he took to the track, so we should perhaps cut him a little slack. He is going to hit the starting gate as an overwhelming favorite, as a lot of punters are going to put money on him to win so that they can feel as though they are a little part of history.

Hofburg

  • 2018 Belmont Stakes Odds to Win: +600

On the face of things, Hofburg finishing 7th at the Kentucky Derby does not seem like something to get too excited about, but you need to take a closer look at those past performances. In that race, he was bumped at the start and ended up in a tough position, which is often a killer for a horse, as they are unable to run the race they want.

Hofburg is one of the favorites at the 2018 Belmont Stakes Odds.

That he was able to dig in and find a way back into the race is a sure sign that he is a quality horse. He was mowing them down in the home stretch at the Derby, and he has to be considered a threat here if he gets a clean run.

Bravazo

  • 2018 Belmont Stakes Odds to Win: +430

If anyone is going to beat Justify this coming Saturday, I think this may be the horse to do it. If you watched the Preakness Stakes, you will have seen just how close he came to springing the upset there. In fact, had the finish line been just a couple of more strides up the track, Bravazo may well have got the job done. He looked as though he still had a lot left in the tank at the Preakness, so I’m not so sure that the mile and a half is going to be too much of an issue for him at the Belmont.

These are the three horses that are dominating the board right now, but that could all change once the post position draw is made on Tuesday. We will take a look at some of the potential dark horses in a separate piece, so be sure to check back in for that. We will also be making some picks and predictions that we hope will win you some money.

Last 15 Belmont Stakes Winners

  • 2017: Tapwrit
  • 2016: Creator
  • 2015: American Pharoah
  • 2014: Tonalist
  • 2013: Palace Malice
  • 2012: Union Rags
  • 2011: Ruler on Ice
  • 2010: Drosselmeyer
  • 2009: Summer Bird
  • 2008: Da’Tara
  • 2007: Rags to Riches
  • 2006: Jazil
  • 2005: Afleet Alex
  • 2004: Birdstone
  • 2003: Empire Maker
  • 2002: Sarava
  • 2001: Point Given
  • 2000: Commendable
  • 1999: Lemon Drop Kid
  • 1998: Victory Gallop