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148th Belmont Stakes

The final race in horse racing’s Triple Crown each year is the Belmont Stakes. The race is run at Belmont Park in Elmont, New Yorkat a mile and a half. The 2016 Belmont Stakes will be run on Saturday, June 11th. It will be the 148th running of the Test of Champions. The post position draw for the Belmont Stakes is held on Wednesday before the Saturday race and the morning lineBelmont odds will be released at that time. American Pharoah became the first horse to win the Triple Crown last year since Affirmed won all three races in 1978. The Triple Crown was not nearly as difficult in its early history as a number of horses won it in the 1930’s and 1940’s but only three horses won over the next 30 years and there have only been 12 in history and just one in the last 38 years.

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Event Details

Event: Belmont Stakes

Date: Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Location: Belmont Park – Elmont, New York

2015 Winner: American Pharoah

Belmont Stakes Wagering

When it comes to betting on the Belmont Stakes at Diamond sportsbook you normally just bet the favorite but that strategy has not been as successful in the last decade as it was early in the race’s history. There was a period of 32 years when the favorite won 19 times. In the past 15 years the favorite has struggled, especially Triple Crown hopefuls as they have lost every time.

When you bet Belmont Stakes odds you have a lot of choices. You can bet the win, place and show and you can also bet exotics like the exacta, quinella, trifecta and superfecta. You can also play some pick threes and the pick four or pick six and include the Belmont Stakes.

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148th Belmont Stakes Contenders

Exaggerator: The favorite to win the 2016 Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 11th is Preakness Stakes winner Exaggerator. The horse finished second in the Kentucky Derby behind Nyquist but he turned the tables and won the Preakness Stakes for trainer Keith Desormeaux and jockey Kent Desormeaux. Continue

Brody's Cause: One of the horse that is expected to challenge Exaggerator in the 2016 Belmont Stakes is Brody’s Cause who finished 7th in the Kentucky Derby. It has kind of been all or nothing for this horse as he has made seven starts and won three times. Continue

Cherry Wine: One of the horses expected to challenge Exaggerator in the 2016 Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 11th is Cherry Wine who finished second behind Exaggerator in the Preakness Stakes. The horse just missed out on making the Kentucky Derby for trainer Dale Romans. Continue

Destin: One of the contenders to win the 2016 Belmont Stakes is Destin who finished 6th in the Kentucky Derby. The horse is trained by Todd Pletcher who won the Kentucky Derby in 2010 with Super Saver. The horse is by three-time leading sire Giant’s Causeway and he is owned by Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC. Continue

Suddenbreakingnews: One of the horses that is expected to challenge Exaggerator in the 2016 Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 11th is Suddenbreakingnews who finished fifth in the Kentucky Derby. The horse skipped the Preakness so he will be coming into this race with more rest than Exaggerator. Continue

Stradivari: One of the contenders to win the 2016 Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 11th is Stradivari who finished 4th in the Preakness Stakes.  It will be just the fifth lifetime start for the horse who made a good showing in the Preakness. Continue

Creator: One of the longshots to win the 2016 Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 11th is Creator who is by two-time leading sire Tapit.  The horse is trained by Steve Asmussen and owned by WinStar Farm. Continue

Lani: One of the longshots to win the 2016 Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 11th is Lani who finished 9th in the Kentucky Derby and 5th in the Preakness Stakes.  Keita Tanaka, the agent for trainer Mikio Matsunaga said that Lani is doing well. Continue

Belmont Stakes Handicapping

The best choice is going with the horse with tactical speed. Horses that are just closers almost never win this race. You want a horse that is a stalker and is close to the pace. Even though the race is long, you don’t want a closer. The Belmont is an unpredictable race because of the distance. Horses that are bred to run a distance can oftentimes surprise horses that are favored in this race.

When you handicap the Belmont Stakes you have to remember that the race can be unpredictable. If you want to make big money then you need to play the exotics like the trifecta and superfecta. Because of the smaller field in the Belmont, it is tough to hit a big ticket in Belmont Stakes betting without playing the exotics.

Belmont Stakes History

The Belmont dates back to 1867 as the race was named after August Belmont who was President of the first Jockey Club. The first race was run at Jerome Park in 1867. It was moved to Belmont Park in 1905. Secretariat holds the all-time record of 2:24 in the Belmont Stakes as he won by an unbelievable 31 lengths. The largest crowd of 120,139 was in 2004 when Smarty Jones came in second behind Birdstone in the Belmont Stakes. The 2007 Belmont Stakes odds had the filly, Rags to Riches winning the race as it was the first time in 102 years a filly had won the race.

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Recent Belmont Stakes Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer
2015 American Pharoah V. Espinoza Bob Baffert
2014 Tonalist J. Rosario C. Clement
2013 Palace Malice M. Smith T. Pletcher
2012 Union Rags J. Velazquez M. Matz
2011 Ruler on Ice J. Valdivia, Jr. K. Breen
2010 Drosselmeyer M. Smith W. Mott
2009 Summer Bird K. Desormeaux T. Ice
2008 Da’ Tara A. Garcia N. Zito
2007 Rags to Riches J. Velazquez T. Pletcher
2006 Jazil F. Jara K. McLaughlin
2005 Afleet Alex J. Rose T. Ritchey
2004 Birdstone E. Prado N. Zito
2003 Empire Maker J. Bailey R. Frankel
2002 Sarava E. Prado K. McPeek
2001 Point Given G. Stevens B. Baffert
2000 Commendable P. Day D. Lukas

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