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, which makes 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 edition has drawn a field of nine that includes Preakness Stakes Winner War of Will, who will be a betting favorite, along with Tacitus, who finished 3rd in the Kentucky Derby.
War of Will could become just the 12th horse in history to lose in the Kentucky Derby but come back to win both the Preakness and Belmont. (The last horse to do this was Afleet Alex in 2005).
Belmont race schedule and where to watch
Here is more information and tips on betting the Belmont Stakes, and how you can watch and wager on this year’s event.
- Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019
- Time: 6:37 p.m. ET
- TV: NBC
- Tablet, Online, Mobile: NBC Sports App and streamed live on NBCsports.com/live and fuboTV
- Track & Location: Belmont Park in Elmont, NY
- Distance: 1 1/2 miles (12 furlongs)
- Surface: Dirt
- 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 set immediately after.
Belmont Stakes odds 2020
|Post||Horse||Opening Odds||Current Odds||Last Race|
|1||Joevia||30/1||15/1||1st Long Branch Stakes|
|2||Everfast||12/1||13/1||2nd Preakness Stakes (G1)|
|3||Master Fencer||8/1||11/1||6th Kentucky Derby (G1)|
|4||Tax||15/1||12/1||14th Kentucky Derby (G1)|
|5||Bourbon War||12/1||7/1||9th Preakness Stakes (G1)|
|6||Spinoff||15/1||12/1||19th Kentucky Derby (G1)|
|7||Sir Winston||12/1||8/1||2nd Peter Pan (G3)|
|8||Intrepid Heart||10/1||5/1||3rd Peter Pan (G3)|
|9||War of Will||2/1||4/1||1st Preakness Stakes (G1)|
|10||Tacitus||9/5||5/2||3rd Kentucky Derby (G1)|
Horse racing wagers and bets
In addition to the traditional “straight” wagers (Win, Place, Show), fans can also attempt to cash big in the various “exotic” pools. Exacta (first two), Trifecta (first three) and Superfecta (first four) wagering are all offered, and cashing a ticket in any of these pools can produce a bigger payday.
- Win: Bet on the horse you think you will win the Belmont Stakes.
- Place: Get paid the place price if your horse finishes first or second.
- Show: A show bet pays the least, but you win and get paid the show price if your horse finishes first, second or third.
- Exacta: Predict the first two horses in the correct order.
- Trifecta: Predict the first three horses in the correct order.
- Superfecta: Predict the first four horses in the correct order.
- Super High Five: Predict the first five horses in the correct order.
The Belmont Stakes betting odds are finally determined by the pari-mutuel system at the track which means your potential payout depends on how much money is in the pot overall, divided by how many bets are placed. The odds will fluctuate in the build-up to the race and never more so than in the final few moments before post time.
The test of the champion
The Belmont Stakes is known as the “Test of the Champion” because the 3-year-old thoroughbreds run 1 1/2 miles for the first time.
Kentucky Derby runners that skipped the Preakness Stakes have done well in recent years. Four of the last five Belmont Stakes winners in non-Triple Crown winning years fit the category: Tapwrit in 2017, Creator in 2016, Palace Malice in 2013 and Union Rags in 2012.
Tapwrit, Creator and 2014 Belmont winner Tonalist were all sired by Tapit, who also sired this year’s Belmont runner Tacitus.
Picking a Belmont Stakes winner
In the last 12 non-Triple-Crown editions of the Belmont Stakes, the favorite has won just twice. Afleet Alex (2005) won by 7 lengths and Point Given (2001) by 12 lengths. Six of the 12 winners were double-digit odds, so long shots have cashed in and provided some strong payouts in the win and exotic pools.
Belmont Stakes history and results
|2019||Sir Winston||10-1||2:28.30||Joel Rosario||Mark Casse|
|2018||Justify||4-5||2:28.18||Mike Smith||Bob Baffert|
|2017||Tapwrit||6-1||2:30.02||Jose Ortiz||Todd Pletcher|
|2016||Creator||15-1||2:28.51||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||Steve Asmussen|
|2015||American Pharoah||3-5||2:26.65||Victor Espinoza||Bob Baffert|
|2014||Tonalisst||12-1||2:28.52||Joel Rosario||Chris Clement|
|2013||Palace Malice||13-1||2:30.70||Mike Smith||Todd Pletcher|
|2012||Union Rags||3-1||2:30.42||John Velazquez||Michael Matz|
|2011||Ruler on Ice||24-1||2:30.88||Jose Valdivia, Jr.||Kelly Breen|
|2010||Drosselmeyer||13-1||2:31.57||Mike Smith||Bill Mott|
|2009||Summer Bird||12-1||2:27.54||Kent Desormeaux||Tim Ice|
|2008||Da' Tara||38-1||2:29.65||Alan Garcia||Nick Zito|
|2007||Rags to Riches (f)||4-1||2:28.74||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher|
|2006||Jazil||6-1||2:27.86||Fernando Jara||Kiaran McLaughlin|
|2005||Afleet Alex||6-5||2:28.60||Jeremy Ros||Tim Ritchey|
|2004||Birdstone||3-1||2:27.40||Edgar Prado||Nick Zito|
|2003||Empire Maker||2-1||2:28.20||Jerry Bailey||Robert Frankel|
|2002||Sarava||70-1||2:29.60||Edgar Prado||Ken McPeak|
|2001||Point Given||7-5||2:26.40||Gary Stevens||Bob Baffert|
|2000||Commendable||18-1||2:30.00||Pat Day||D. Wayne Lukas|