The Belmont Stakes is the third and final leg of the American Triple Crown and takes place the second Saturday of June at Belmont Park.
The Belmont Stakes is 1??1/2 miles, or 12 furlongs, making it the longest race in the Triple Crown. The Belmont Stakes follows the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby.
The 2019 Belmont Stakes is June 8 at 6:37 p.m. ET. The 151st variant has drawn a field of nine which includes Preakness Stakes Winner War Will, who will be a betting favorite, along with Tacitus, who finished 3rd in the Kentucky Derby.
War of Will can become just the 12th horse in history to lose in the Kentucky Derby but return to win both the Preakness and Belmont. (The last horse to perform this was Afleet Alex at 2005).
BELMONT RACE SCHEDULE AND WHERE TO WATCH
This is more information and tips on betting the Belmont Stakes, and ways to watch and bet on this year’s event.
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 6:37 p.m. ET
Tablet, Online, Mobile: NBC Sports App and streamed live on NBCsports.com/reside and fuboTV
Track & Location: Belmont Park in Elmont, NY
Distance: 1??1/2 miles (12 furlongs)
Horses: 3-Year-Old Thoroughbreds
Track Record: Secretariat (2:24.00 in 1973)
Largest Margin of Victory: Secretariat, 31 lengths in 1973
The Belmont Stakes post-position draw was Tuesday, June 4. The odds were put instantly after.HORSE RACING WAGERS AND BETS
In addition to the traditional”straight” wagers (Win, Place, Show), fans can also try to cash big in the various”exotic” pools. Exacta (first two), Trifecta (first three) and also Superfecta (first four) wagering are offered, and cashing a ticket in one or more one of these pools can produce a larger payday.
Win: Gamble about the horse you feel you will win the Belmont Stakes.
Place: Get compensated the place price if your horse finishes first or second.
Show: A series bet pays the least, but you win and get paid the display price if your horse finishes first, second or third.
Exacta: Predict the first two horses in the appropriate order.
Trifecta: Predict the first 3 horses in the correct order.
Superfecta: Predict the first four horses in the correct order.
Super High Five: Predict the initial five horses in the right order.
The Belmont Stakes betting odds are finally determined by the pari-mutuel system in the track that signifies your potential payout is dependent upon how much cash is in the bud total, divided by how many bets are put. The odds will fluctuate in the build-up to the race and never more than at the last few moments before post time.
THE TEST OF THE CHAMPION
The Belmont Stakes is referred to as the”Test of the Champion” because the 3-year-old thoroughbreds operate 1??1/2 miles for the first time.
Kentucky Derby runners that skipped the Preakness Stakes have done well in recent decades. Four of the last five Belmont Stakes winners in non-Triple Crown winning decades fit the group: Tapwrit at 2017, Creator at 2016, Palace Malice in 2013 and Union Rags in 2012.
Tapwrit, Creator and 2014 Belmont winner Tonalist were sired by Tapit, who also sired this year’s Belmont runner Tacitus.
PICKING A BELMONT STAKES WINNER
In the previous 12 non-Triple-Crown versions of the Belmont Stakes, the favorite has won only twice. Afleet Alex (2005) won by 7 lengths and Point Given (2001) by 12 lengths. Six of the 12 winners were double-digit chances, as long shots have cashed in and provided some powerful payouts in the win and exotic pools.
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