Belmont Stakes Betting Guide

Odds, Analysis And Picks For 2020

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 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

PostHorseOpening OddsCurrent OddsLast Race
1Joevia30/115/11st Long Branch Stakes
2Everfast12/113/12nd Preakness Stakes (G1)
3Master Fencer8/111/16th Kentucky Derby (G1)
4Tax15/112/114th Kentucky Derby (G1)
5Bourbon War12/17/19th Preakness Stakes (G1)
6Spinoff15/112/119th Kentucky Derby (G1)
7Sir Winston12/18/12nd Peter Pan (G3)
8Intrepid Heart10/15/13rd Peter Pan (G3)
9War of Will2/14/11st Preakness Stakes (G1)
10Tacitus9/55/23rd Kentucky Derby (G1)

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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

2019Sir Winston10-12:28.30Joel RosarioMark Casse
2018Justify4-52:28.18Mike SmithBob Baffert
2017Tapwrit6-12:30.02Jose OrtizTodd Pletcher
2016Creator15-12:28.51Irad Ortiz, Jr.Steve Asmussen
2015American Pharoah3-52:26.65Victor EspinozaBob Baffert
2014Tonalisst12-12:28.52Joel RosarioChris Clement
2013Palace Malice13-12:30.70Mike SmithTodd Pletcher
2012Union Rags3-12:30.42John VelazquezMichael Matz
2011Ruler on Ice24-12:30.88Jose Valdivia, Jr.Kelly Breen
2010Drosselmeyer13-12:31.57Mike SmithBill Mott
2009Summer Bird12-12:27.54Kent DesormeauxTim Ice
2008Da' Tara38-12:29.65Alan GarciaNick Zito
2007Rags to Riches (f)4-12:28.74John VelazquezTodd Pletcher
2006Jazil6-12:27.86Fernando JaraKiaran McLaughlin
2005Afleet Alex6-52:28.60Jeremy Ros  Tim Ritchey
2004Birdstone3-12:27.40Edgar PradoNick Zito
2003Empire Maker2-12:28.20Jerry BaileyRobert Frankel
2002Sarava70-12:29.60Edgar PradoKen McPeak
2001Point Given7-52:26.40Gary StevensBob Baffert
2000Commendable18-12:30.00Pat DayD. Wayne Lukas

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