Handicapping

Handicapping at the Belmont Stakes has always been a measured task, and one that adds a fun element of tension as horse betting enthusiasts and casual gamblers collide at the end of the Triple Crown season. By this point, the coverage of both the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby provides a buffet of data for all fans to feast on. Perhaps the most unique factor of Belmont Stakes handicapping is that everyone feels more prepared to attack the odds.

Part of the fun of the Belmont Stakes is that it is both literally and figuratively wide open. The 1 ½ mile distance at Belmont Park makes it the largest track in North America, and it’s a distance that caters to all kinds of horses. Jockeys who can maneuver the wide, oval turns of the track usually have a distinct advantage.

It’s also worth noting that the past five winners of the Belmont Stakes did not run in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, but some have challenged at the Kentucky Derby. This is because horses do not need to run in the previous legs of the Triple Crown in order to qualify for the final one. While this may be a spot of contention amongst owners, trainers and race fans it is an inside edge for horse race bettors. Perhaps the only mantra for Belmont Stakes handicapping is that “the most well-rested horse wins”. 

Odds for the actual race will fluctuate between the running of the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. If there is a Triple Crown contender in the mix, that horse will usually be favored due to the public factor. This is a term used to describe a wager that is frequently bet on by the majority of the public; the more action a horse receives, the lower his odds will be.

Of course, since we haven’t had a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, the strong odds are that the winner of the Preakness and/or the Kentucky Derby won’t be the best bet at Belmont.

The other key to Belmont Stakes handicapping is the information available, since we have seen most of the contenders compete in elite races and have also covered them in prep races. We’ll have all the news and Belmont Stakes handicapping information you need right here, so stay tuned to BelmontStakesBettingOnline.com!