The 149th running of the Belmont Stakes takes places this weekend, June 10, 2017 and for the 106th consecutive time in Elmont, NY. There are thirteen horses entered in this rich race as of now. Here are my favorites and not-so favorites and written from favorite to last according to odds.
Tapwrit (10-1) is my favorite in this race as the Florida Derby winner and a solid sixth place in the Kentucky Derby. Skipping the Preakness after not winning the Derby is one of his trainers (Todd Pletcher) common thing do. He has had success in allowing his horse the extra rest before this race.
Classic Empire (3-2) is the odds leader and can find its way to the winners’ circle here. This horse has been a bit unlucky in the Preakness and Kentucky Derby but is solidly the best horse in the Belmont. This HORSE has been SCRATCHED.
Epicharis (12-1) is the grandson of Sunday Silence and has had a nearly unblemished record all over the world. He got second in the UAE race and his owners and trainers have been looking forward to this race in all of their preparations. Look for this horse to be in the money. Good longshot value bet.
Lookin at Lee (6-1) was my pick for the Kentucky Derby and he finished second. He is the son of two-time champion Lookin at Lucky. He is close at all the races he has been entered in but can’t seem to get the win. With this being a 12 furlough race his chances improve.
Irish War Cry (8-1) has had some good wins and some disappointments in his race career. He has the breeding as Curlin, his father, was two-time Horse of the Year.
Senior Investment (10-1) showed some zesto in the Preakness by going from seventh to third in the final 100 yards. The Belmont is a good race for the son of Discreetly Mike as trainer McPeek will want it starting a bit earlier.
Twisted Tom (15-1) has had success this race season but against far lesser competition. This horse always has a strong finish but likely will come up short of the finish line leader.
Gormley (15-1) is the son of Malibu Moon but has had plenty of ups and downs in his races. He is a similar style horse to Irish War Cry. He took on the field at the Santa Anita Derby and he can run with the best of them at the Belmont.
Multiplier (20-1) finished sixth (4-5-6 was a photo finish) in the Preakness but the son of The Factor was very fast in winning the Illinois Derby. The horse will hope for a slow pace.
J Boys Echo (20-1) was a distant 15th in the Kentucky Derby as was a disappointment to his handlers. He was fantastic earlier in his racing career.
Patch (20-1) was the sentimental favorite at the Kentucky Derby with only one eye. Trainer Todd Pletcher has given this son of Union Rags some rest and has made it ready to compete.
True Timber (40-1) edges out Meantime (30-1) for the last spot in my analysis. True Timber hasn’t seen this kind of competition but has finished in the running at every graded stakes race it has entered. Meantime, son of Shackleford can run the Grade 3 races but is just an also-ran at the Belmont Stakes.
Best of luck with your Belmont Stakes Betting!