California Chrome Belmont Stakes & Triple Crown Betting Odds

Steven Suarez

Monday, May 19, 2014 6:42 PM GMT

Will California Chrome even participate in the Belmont Stakes? After winning both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, the Triple Crown is up for grabs for the horse, but a rule about nasal strips could ruin everything. Let's run over the horse racing odds.

The Odds
Right now, 5Dimes has an interesting line available on their site.

You can back California Chrome to win the Belmont at -120, while the “Field wins Belmont” is available at the exact same price. Obviously the 3-year old horse would actually have to compete in the race for the bet to be valid, but you better believe a large chunk of the public is going to be drawn in by the drama of history being made.

 
The Current Situation
At first it looked like Californian-bred horse wouldn't be able to compete with his trusty nasal strips, but apparently things have changed.

The horse's camp has put in an official request and it appears as if it'll be accepted, which is obviously great news for all of those involved. What a shame it would have been if California Chrome hadn't even competed in the Belmont Stakes. 

Going for the Triple Crown is always a special moment in sports and now all of the obstacles in the way seem to be clearing. Can the colt be the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown? It's only been done 11 times in history.


The Road
Rare do you see a horse bred in California have so much success at the very highest level in horse racing. There have been only three previous horses bred from the state to win the Kentucky Derby, a feat California Chrome was able to accomplish this year.

The race wasn't even particularly close down the stretch. The talented horse could have won by a large margin but jockey Victor Espinoza didn't push him, resulting in a victory of 1 and 3/4ths lengths.

 

This past weekend, California Chrome was at it again, this time holding off challenges from Social Inclusion and Ride on Curlin to win the Preakness Stakes.

That's now six straight wins for the 3-year old. Starting in December of last year, California Chrome won the King Glorious Stakes and then emerged as the champion in the California Cup Derby, San Felipe Stakes and Santa Anita Derby, with each victory coming in dominating fashion.

Many critics questioned whether Espinoza could lead California Chrome to similar success in the bigger races, but clearly trainer Art Sherman knows exactly what he's doing. Aged 77, Sherman is the oldest trainer to ever have won the Kentucky Derby and he's done a wonderful job in conditioning this horse over the last couple of years. The toughest (and longest) test is yet to come, though.


The Competition
The final field has yet to be finalized, but the likes of Commanding Curve, Ride on Curlin, Social Inclusion, Wicked Strong, Danza and Samraat all figure to be included.

Commanding Curve came second in the Kentucky Derby, while Ride on Curlin and Social Inclusion finished second and third respectively at the Preakness. Wicked Strong, Danza and Samraat all finished in the top five in the Derby, but did not feature in this past weekend's race.


The Prediction
California Chrome races, with nasal strips in tact, and wins once again. Barring a malfunction, a complicated start or something truly out of the ordinary from another competitor, there isn't a better all-around horse out there, as we've seen in the first two races of the crown.

Yes, the Belmont Stakes is the longest of the Triple Crown courses, but how can we bet against what could be a historic day at the races? Let's go with the masses and take the favorite to win it.