152nd Belmont Stakes Betting Odds

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152nd Belmont Stakes Betting Odds

152nd Belmont Stakes Betting

The Belmont Stakes is the third jewel of the Triple Crown and is also called the Test of Champions. It’s run in early June, five weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks after the Preakness Stakes. Many horses have lived to tell about the first two legs of the Triple Crown, but rare is the horse that can finish the deed and win the ultimate test of thoroughbred racing. American Pharoah broke a 37-year drought without a Triple Crown winner here in 2015, and Bob Baffert celebrated here again three years later when Justify became the most recent Triple Crown winner. Both of those horses were trained by Baffert, but even the greatest active trainer in the sport only has three Belmont Stakes victories.

The 2020 Belmont Stakes is scheduled for Saturday, June 6. As is the case every year, the action at Belmont Park can be seen live on NBC.

2020 Belmont Stakes At a Glance

Race Distance: 1 1/2 Miles

Record: 2:24.00 (Secretariat, 1973)

Purse: $1.5 Million

Qualification: Three-year-old thoroughbreds

The Belmont Stakes is open to three-year-old thoroughbreds, but they do need to qualify to run in the race. Finishing in the top five of either of the first two legs of the Triple Crown automatically gives a horse a spot in the Belmont Stakes field. Career earnings also determine contestants with many of the top colts running graded stakes races in order to qualify.

In 1905, Belmont Park became the permanent home of this race, and the current distance of 1 ½ mile was set in 1926, making it the longest of the Triple Crown races. It has earned its “Test of the Champion” name due to the length of the race, and because it’s the final race of the Triple Crown. Most three-year-olds aren’t used to the distance and lack the experience and stamina, making positioning and timing an important part of winning the Belmont Stakes.

Belmont Stakes Winners (Since 2000)

YEAR WINNER ODDS JOCKEY TRAINER TIME
2019 Sir Winston 10.20 Joel Rosario Mark E. Casse 2:28.30
2018 Justify .80 Mike Smith Bob Baffert 2:28.18
2017 Tapwrit 5.30 Jose Ortiz Todd Pletcher 2:30.02
2016 Creator 15.00 Irad Ortiz Jr. Steve Asmussen 2:28.51
2015 American Pharoah 0.75 Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert 2:26.65
2014 Tonalist 12.00 Joel Rosario Christophe Clement 2:28.52
2013 Palace Malice 13.00 Mike Smith Todd Pletcher 2:30.70
2012 Union Rags 3.00 John Velazquez Michael Matz 2:30.42
2011 Ruler on Ice 24.00 Jose Valdivia Jr. Kelly Breen 2:30.88
2010 Drosselmeyer 13.00 Mike Smith William Mott 2:31.57
2009 Summer Bird 12.00 Kent Desormeaux Tim Ice 2:27.54
2008 Da'Tara 38.00 Alan Garcia Nick Zito 2:29.65
2007 Rags to Riches 4.00 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 2:28.74
2006 Jazil 6.00 Fernandez Jara Kiaran McLaughlin 2:27.86
2005 Afleet Alex 1.15 Jeremy Rose Timothy Ritchey 2:28.75
2004 Birdstone 36.00 Edgar Prado Nick Zito 2:27.50
2003 Empire Maker 2.00 Jerry Bailey Robert Frankel 2:28.26
2002 Sarava 70.25 Edgar Prado Kenneth McPeek 2:29.71
2001 Point Given 1.35 Gary Stevens Bob Baffert 2:26.56
2000 Commendable 18.80 Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas 2:31.19

There really isn't a way to put Secretariat's run at the 1973 Belmont Stakes into perspective. To say that he was phenomenal that day is an understatement, as he ran the race in a record 2:24 flat and won by a record 31 lengths. There aren't many unbreakable records in sports, but this is one of them. We've never even seen a horse run the third leg of the Triple Crown in 2:25, let alone in 2:24, and to win any race by 30+ lengths is just stupefying.

Fastest Times in Belmont Stakes History

YEAR HORSE TIME
1973 Secretariat 2:24.00
1989 Easy Goer 2:26.00
1992 A.P. Indy 2:26.13
1988 Risen Star 2:26.40
2001 Point Given 2:26.56

You should consider anything under 2:27 to be a great time to win the Belmont Stakes. American Pharoah blazed through the mile and a half in 2:26.65, the second-fastest time ever for a Triple Crown winner behind Secretariat, and he and Point Given are the only two horses to run the Belmont in less than 2:27 since 2000. The next closest since then was Birdstone in 2004, and he needed 2:27.50 to finish the race.

Longest Odds To Win the Belmont Stakes

YEAR HORSE TIME
2002 Sarava 70.25
1961 Sherluck 65.05
1980 Temperence Hill 53.40
2008 Da' Tara 38.00
2004 Birdstone 36.00

Upsets in the Belmont Stakes have certainly been a lot more frequent in recent years than in the past, and there have been some massive upsets in that mix. Sarava pulled off the upset of all upsets when he cashed in at a whopping price of 70 to 1 in 2002, ending the Triple Crown bid of War Emblem. He's one of three horses to have ever won this race at a price of 50 to 1 or better.

Most Jockey Wins in Belmont Stakes History

JOCKEY WINS YEARS WON
Jim McLaughlin 6 1882, 1883, 1884, 1886, 1887, 1888
Eddie Arcaro 6 1941, 1942, 1945, 1948, 1952, 1955
Earl Sande 5 1921, 1923, 1924, 1927, 1930
Bill Shoemaker 5 1957, 1959, 1962, 1967, 1975

It really shouldn't be shocking that the old-time jockeys are the ones who have won the Belmont Stakes most often. The record of six held by Eddie Arcaro and Jim McLaughlin will probably never be touched again. The only man who is even halfway there and is still competitively racing is Gary Stevens, and at this point in his career, he's not sticking around long enough to win this race three more times. It's a real feat to win this race just once though, and any jockey who has his name in the list of Belmont Stakes winners should be celebrated.

Most Trainer Wins in Belmont Stakes History

TRAINER WINS YEARS WON
James G. Rowe Sr. 8 1883, 1884, 1901, 1904, 1908, 1910, 1913, 1931
Sam Hildreth 7 1899, 1909, 1916, 1917, 1921, 1923, 1924
Jim Fitzsimmons 6 1930, 1932, 1935, 1936, 1939, 1955
Woody Stephens 5 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
Max Hirsch 4 1928, 1946, 1950, 1954
D. Wayne Lukas 4 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000
R. Wyndham Walden 4 1878, 1880, 1881, 1898

The greatest run in the history of any of the Triple Crown races for trainers came from 1982 through 1986 when the great Woody Stephens trained five consecutive winners at the Belmont Stakes. Stephens immediately became one of the best trainers in NYRA history, and no one will ever touch five straight Belmont Stakes victories ever again. James G. Rowe Sr.'s record of eight Belmont victories will very likely also never be touched.

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