Belmont Stakes Odds: Betting Guide For 2023 Horse Race

Belmont Stakes odds

Arcangelo won the 2023 Belmont Stakes and went off at 7-1 Belmont Stakes odds. A $2 bet on Arcangelo to win garnered bettors a $17.80 payout. Here are the rest of the payouts for this year’s race.


  • Win: $17.80
  • Place: $7.20
  • Show: $4.90


  • Place: $4.30
  • Show: $3.30

Tapit Trice

  • Show: $4.10


  • $34.00


  • $133.24

Superfecta (3-6-2-7)

  • $292.50

Superfecta (3-6-2-8)

  • $191.50
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Belmont Stakes odds

Below we will look at Belmont Stakes odds for the 2023 horse race. The official Belmont field with post positions and morning line odds have been revealed with Forte (5-2) as the favorite.

PostHorseBelmont Stakes OddsMorning Line OddsTrainerJockey
1Tapit Shoes16-120-1Brad CoxJose Ortiz
2Tapit Trice6 -13-1Todd PletcherLuis Saez
3Arcangelo7-18-1Jena AntonucciJavier Castellano
4National Treasure9-25-1Bob BaffertJohn Velazquez
5Il Miracolo19-130-1Antonio SanoMarcos Menesses
6Forte5-25-2Todd PletcherIrad Ortiz Jr
7Hit Show8-110-1Brad CoxManny Franco
8Angel of Empire7-27-2Brad CoxFlavien Prat
9Red Route One13-115-1Steve Asmussen Joel Rosario

Belmont Stakes field

Bettors flipping the calendar now stare at June’s biggest landmark, the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes June 10 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The Belmont Stakes field for 2023 was initially set at nine horses.

The date sneaks up on many fans because there will be no Triple Crown winner this year. Victories by Mage in the Kentucky Derby and National Treasure in the Preakness Stakes ensure that the Triple Crown will remain not swept since Justify did the trick in 2018.

With or without a Triple Crown at stake, however, the Belmont is a major destination in thoroughbred racing. As the race closes in, handicappers ponder the probables list entering the final week.

Forte (5-2)

Forte is working out like a champ at Belmont and seeking final medical clearance to compete. A  bruised foot caused him to be scratched just  before the Kentucky Derby. That also placed him on the 14-day veterinarian’s list, which eliminated him from the Preakness.

Fans almost forgot that he’s won five races in a row. Forte captured the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November and added two significant victories this year.

One was a romp at 1-2 betting odds in the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park in Florida. The second was an all-out battle to the wire with Mage in the Florida  Derby. Forte overcame a wide post and parlayed the brilliant athleticism of jockey Irad Ortiz, who held him in check long enough to swing outside and run down Mage just before the wire.

When Mage then captured the Kentucky Derby at 15-1, bettors began salivating for a Mage-Forte rematch. Won’t happen here because Mage isn’t running in the Belmont.

But Forte is supposed to. We’ll know for sure on race week. It will be his first race since April 1.

Longest victory came at 1 1-8 miles. Must now try 1 1-2 miles. Does his best in a stalk-up  position. Does not figure to be as far back as he was throughout the Florida Derby. Will be the favorite or close to it if he goes.

Tapit Trice (3-1)

Tapit Trice won the Blue Grass and had high expectations going into the Kentucky Derby. Had a strong pace to run at, which also was in his favor.

But he was unable to fire and ran a non-descript seventh. That was a surprise to those who had seen him run late in capturing the Blue Grass and an earlier prep, the Tampa Bay Derby.

Maybe he just hit the wall of his talent level.

In any case, figures to try running late and will have plenty of track to work with.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, who has won three Belmont Stakes races with Rags to Riches (2007), Palace Malice (2013) and Tapwrit (2017).

Tapit offspring have enjoyed amazing success at the Belmont and that’s why he won’t be overlooked. Tapwrit, for instance, finished sixth at the Kentucky Derby and won the Belmont Stakes. Tapit offspring have done well at longer distances.

Angel of Empire (7-2)

Angel of Empire enjoyed two nice stakes victories with the Risen Star Stakes and Arkansas Derby. Had the desired blistering pace to close on in the Kentucky Derby and gave an honest effort before finishing a belated third. Positioning was a problem in that race as he was beaten to the inside hole and forced outside. That probably cost him at least second to Two Phil’s.

Positioning should be less of a problem in a shorter field. With Mage and Two Phil’s not running, suddenly he becomes the most accomplished distance horse in the field. That means he’s  done the best going the longest, at 1 1-4 miles in the Kentucky Derby.

Can make bold moves from the middle of the pack. Doesn’t necessarily need to be close to the early pace. Will be one of the favorites, if not the choice.

National Treasure (5-1)

Ahh, Bob Baffert, here we go. The Hall of Fame trainer piloted Justify to the last Triple Crown in 2018 and had American Pharoah in 2018. With National Treasure, he’s like a baseball manager who over-achieves with a team.

National Treasure was scratched as the favorite in the San Felipe with a foot injury. He returned  in April to gain a closing fourth in the Santa Anita Derby.

Benefitted  from a dawdling Preakness pace and an astute ride by John Velazquez, who preserved his energy for the stretch run.  Needed every bit of it, too, to fight off a determined Blazing Sevens.

Hard to conceive of him getting away to fractions like that this time. But he’s also got three more weeks of conditioning under his belt.

Arcangelo (8-1)

Mage won’t be at the Belmont, but his Kentucky Derby-winning rider will be. Javier Castellano will guide unheralded Arcangelo, who won the Grade 3 Peter Pan at this track.

Arcangelo showed terrific heart and determination outlasting Bishop’s Bay in a length-of-the-stretch duel. Surged to get up in the final stride.

Arcangelo worked five furlongs in 1:02.81 on Wednesday, as he prepares to go two turns and beyond nine furlongs for the first time in his career.

It’s a big ask, but if he has credentials, Castellano will maximize them.

Hit Show (10-1)

Ran a respectable fifth in the Kentucky Derby, overcoming the dreaded rail post that hasn’t won a Run for the Roses since Ferdinand in 1986.

Made a bold move at 24-1 and was with the lead at the top of the stretch before running out of gas.

Was overrun after that by Angel of Empire, which does not bode well for Hit Show going 1 1-2 miles. But keep your eyes on him wherever he runs. He’s going to win his share of races, maybe at a price.

Red Route One (15-1)

Quietly getting better under the radar.

Ran a huge second, coming from another zip code to gain a fast-closing second in the Rebel Stakes in the slop.

Hasn’t performed nearly as well on a fast track, but at least made a good effort to run closer to the pace in the Preakness Stakes. That was a pretty good fourth.

Since February, backers have viewed him as a good match for the 1 1-2 mile Belmont, because he loves to run late and always runs out of real estate. Won’t run out of it here. Question is whether he can run in the money.

Tapit Shoes (20-1)

Drew the rail and favorable odds. Pretty good horse for 20-1, given the connections of trainer Brad Cox, who also saddles Angel of Empire and Hit Show.

Was nipped at the wire by Red Route One in the Bath House Row Stakes for $200,000 in late April.  This is a big step up in class, but he gets the rail and the potential to be an early speed factor.

Jose Ortiz is a good, somewhat underrated  jockey. Likes to run in forwardly-placed, stalking position. Good timing of this race, seven weeks after his last one. May run bigger than his odds suggest.

Il Miracolo (30-1)

Still listed as probable, but would not be missed if he did not run. Competed  for about half a mile in the Florida Derby at 70-1 before calling it a day. Over his head versus these.

How big is the Belmont Stakes field?

The Belmont Stakes field is typically 8-10 horses. The 2023 Belmont Stakes field is 9 horses. This is a much smaller field than the Kentucky Derby, which usually runs 20 horses, but is about on par with the Preakness – which usually runs 8 horses.

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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 10, 2023
  • Time: 6:50 p.m. ET
  • TV: FOX
  • Tablet, Online, Mobile: Fox Sports App
  • Track & Location: Belmont Park in Elmont, NY
  • Distance: 1 1/2 miles
  • Surface: Dirt
  • Horses: 3-Year-Old Thoroughbreds
  • Track Record: Secretariat  (2:24.00 in 1973)
  • Largest Margin of Victory: Secretariat, 31 lengths in 1973

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.

Belmont Stakes history and results

In the last 15 non-Triple-Crown editions of the Belmont Stakes, the favorite has won four times. Last year’s winner, Mo Donegal (5-2), had the second shortest odds to win behind We The People (2-1). Two years ago, the favorite – Essential Quality – won with 6-5 odds.

Afleet Alex (2005) won by 7 lengths, Point Given (2001) by 12 lengths and Tiz The Law by 3 3/4 lengths. Traditionally, longshots have cashed in – however – and have provided some strong payouts in the win and exotic pools.

2022Mo Donegal5-22:28.28Irad Ortiz Jr.Todd Pletcher
2021Essential Quality6/52:27.11Luis SaezBrad Cox
2020Tiz the Law4-51:46.53 (1 1/8 miles)Manny FrancoBarclay Tagg
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


Here were the Belmont Stakes payouts from last year:

Mo Donegal

  • Win: $7.20
  • Place: $3.80
  • Show: $3.00


  • Place: $5.30
  • Show: $4.10


  • Show: $5.60

$2 Exacta (6-3)

  • $27.60

$1 Trifecta (6-3-2)

  • $187.50

$1 Superfecta (6-3-2-1)

  • $692.00