The Belmont Stakes odds are favoring newcomers today. In fact, the Belmont Stakes have odds favoring the Triple Crown runners up, instead of winners. But that is because neither Lookin at Lucky or Super Saver is in the racer, as the third leg of the Triple Crown is missing some star power. Even in years where there is no Triple Crown at stake, the Belmont usually has horses looking to win a second leg, and solidify themselves as horses of the year. Yet that is not the case this year, leaving the Belmont Stakes odds to favor those who fell just short at the Derby and Preakness.
With Super Saver not in the race, the horse that finished behind him in the Kentucky Derby has become the favorite. Ice Box charged into second at the Derby, though Super Saver had put things out of reach by then. Today, the Belmont Stakes odds place Ice Box as the 3-1 favorite to do better.
Meanwhile, Lookin at Lucky is not racing either, so the horse that finished behind him in the Preakness has become the second favorite. First Dude was an underdog at Pimlico, but set the pace early on and was able to hold on for second. Now he is second again in the Belmont Stakes odds, at 7-2. However, this time he will not come out of nowhere if he contends.
The rest of the field is making their Triple Crown debut, with a few establishing themselves as sleeper picks. The popular third pick is Fly Down, who is at 9-2 this morning. Both Fly Down and Ice Box are owned by Nick Zito, which may make him the big star of the day.
The Belmont Stakes odds also have Game On Dude, Uptowncharlybrown and Make Music for Me at 10-1. The longest shot is Spangled Star at 30-1, but this race is often one with upset winners. After all, every time someone has tried to win the Triple Crown at the Belmont in the last 30 years, there has been an upset winner.
Of course, this race has always been unpredictable, depending on how the horses can handle the distance. The Belmont Stakes odds are thrown out the window when the racers try to finish the grueling mile-and-a-half ride. Usually, this is why horses don’t win the Triple Crown, as this long track culminates a rough month of racing.
But this year, that is not a concern, as no horse in the field has run both the Derby and the Preakness. As such, the Belmont Stakes odds may not be such a big deal right now, although it is still the last hurrah for an unpredictable Triple Crown season. It all ends with post time at around 6:30 pm est on ABC.
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