The horse racing world will have to wait patiently for a few weeks to see if a 36-year drought for a Triple Crown winner finally comes to an end in this year’s Belmont Stakes with American Pharoah winning all three jewels of sports most elusive title.
The actual field for the 147th running of the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York on Saturday, June 6 is far from set, but Bovada has released its futures odds for the horses that are expected to compete in this 1 ¼ mile race.
The only thing we know for sure is that American Pharaoh will make his bid to become just the 12th three-year old thoroughbred in the history of Triple Crown racing to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont. The first two legs are in the books with a thrilling one length victory in the Derby followed by a seven-length romp in the mud in this past Saturday in the Preakness Stakes, so keep this in mind before placing your sports picks.
The betting odds say that American Pharoah is going to get it done as an early 10/11 favorite, but the simple fact that since Affirmed last won a Triple Crown in 1978, the 13 horses that have won the first two Triple Crown events have all come up short in the Belmont. This kind of track record tends to drain much of the value from his lofty odds.
The second-favorite on Bovada’s list is Frosted at 5/1 odds. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and ridden by Joel Rosario, this three-year old colt punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby with an impressive victory in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 4. He started from the 15th post in the Derby at 15/1 odds and finished just out of the money in fourth place behind American Pharoah, Firing Line and Dortmund. He was kept out of the Preakness to allow for additional training time for the Belmont so he should be running on fresh legs.
Next on the list is Materiality at 13/2 betting odds. He emerged as one of trainer Todd Pletcher’s top three-year old contenders following his first place finish in this year’s Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park in late March. With jockey Javier Castellano along for the ride, Materiality broke from the third post in the Kentucky Derby at 12/1 odds and went on to place sixth in the crowded field of 18. He was also held out of the Preakness Stakes to prepare for the longer and more grueling run in the Belmont.
Mubtaahij headed-up the foreign contingent in the Kentucky Derby as an-Irish bred colt and while he had no prior stakes-race history in the prep race season in the United States, he did post two victories abroad as a three-year old while covering a distance of 1 3/16 mile in each. Trained by Mike de Kock and ridden by Christophe Soumillion, he drew the sixth-post for the Kentucky Derby at 20/1 betting odds and ended-up eighth in the expanded field. He has been listed as a 14/1 fourth-favorite to win the Belmont.
One of the most interesting contenders for the Belmont crown is another Pletcher-trained colt, Carpe Diem. He went off from the second post as an 8/1 third-favorite in the Kentucky Derby only to finish a disappointing 10th, but he still brings some positive hype into this race. Ridden by John Velazquez, Carpe Diem won both the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs and the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in early April to prove that he does have what it takes to come through in a big stakes race. The extra rest from skipping the Preakness will only work in his favor in the Belmont. He has the fifth-best betting odds on Bovada’s futures for this race at 18/1.
The betting odds for the other contenders that are expected to be in the field for the Belmont Stakes include Divining Rod at 20/1 followed by Keen Ice and Madefromlucky at 22/1. Tale of Verve is next on the list at 25/1 and Conquest Curlinate (33/1) and Frammento (40/1) complete Bovada’s current list.