Fillies In The Belmont Stakes: Will Nest Defy History, Odds?

Written By Brett Gibbons on June 6, 2022 - Last Updated on June 9, 2022
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The history of fillies at the Belmont Stakes is long, but far from storied. The next in line is Nest, a three-year-old female horse and likely middle-of-the-pack betting option in Belmont Stakes 2022 odds.

What is the history of fillies running in the Belmont, and how might Nest fare on June 11?

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History of Fillies in the Belmont Stakes

2013Unlimited Budget6th
2007Rags to Riches1st
1996My Flag3rd
1988Winning Colors6th
1980Genuine Risk2nd
1932Laughing Queen10th
1923Miss Smith8th
1913Flying Fairy3rd
1885Miss Palmer6th
1871Mary Clark6th
1871Nellie Gray10th
1870Nellie James7th
1868Fanny Ludlow3rd

There have been three Belmont filly winners: Ruthless (1867), Tanya (1905), and Rags to Riches (2007). It’s a sparse group but not unheard of in the triple crown races– only three fillies have won the Kentucky Derby and only two fillies have won the Preakness. It was a more common occurrence in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, but severely tapered in modern horse racing history.

Between 1932 and 1980, only one filly raced in the Belmont Stakes (Riverina, who finished seventh). It followed a dud performance from Laughing Queen, who came in 10th place in the 1932 Belmont run.

23 fillies have run in the Belmont and they have finished an average spot of 4.96. Since 1980, their average finish improves to 4.17, with three of six hitting the board.

The 23 Belmont fillies are more than the Preakness (13) but fewer than the Kentucky Derby (40). The most recent female to run in the Belmont was Unlimited Budget in 2013, who finished sixth.

Could Nest Defy History?

Looking at performance history can be a dangerous precedent for betting and projecting forward. Nest herself has a few points of interest that could lead to success in the 2022 Belmont. First and most notably is her trainer Todd Pletcher, who trained the last Belmont filly winner. Pletcher has three winning horses at Belmont since 2007: Rags to Riches, Palace Malice (2013), and Tapwrit (2017).

Nest placed second in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) in May with a 92 Beyer Speed Figure, only beaten by Secret Oath (who ran in the Preakness). It was Nest’s second-straight 92, also recording one in the Ashland (G1) in April. Impressive as that figure is, it’s the second-lowest personal best among the current field of eight, with Golden Gilder’s 87 being the lowest. There’s two horses with 100+ BSFs (We The People, 103 and Rich Strike, 101).

She’s never finished worse than third and has three wins, making Nest an intriguing horse in the Belmont.

Belmont Stakes 2022 Odds

The 2022 Belmont Stakes post draw is on Tuesday morning. Check back for morning line odds, which will be made available shortly thereafter. Bets on odds made with TVG Horse Racing Betting will continue to change until the race begins.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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