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Horses: Belmont Stakes Betting Odds

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah will break from the five post on Saturday as he attempts to become the first Triple Crown winner in nearly four decades when he is sent off as the heavy betting favorite in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes.

The Bob Baffert trainee comes into the Belmont Stakes having won six races in a row by a combined 30 ¼ lengths and is the 10-13 betting favorite at Bovada.

The colt will be the 14th horse that has won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness since 1978 and headed to New York with a chance of sweeping the Triple Crown. To date, they have all come up short including California Chrome last year.

American Pharoah is trained by Bob Baffert, who will for the fourth time bid for the Triple Crown. The Hall of Fame trainer came up short with Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002).

It will be jockey Victor Espinoza’s third bid at history. He was aboard War Emblem and last year was the pilot of California Chrome.

The Kiaran McLaughlin trained Frosted is one of five in the field that competed in the Run for the Roses and skipped the Preakness. The colt rallied late to finish fourth and is at odds of 11-2 at Bovada.

The colt will break from the six post with jockey Joel Rosario aboard. Before his fourth in the Kentucky Derby, the colt won the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.

The Todd Pletcher trained Materiality has been taking some action, and is at odds of 13-2 at Bovada. The colt will break from the eight post and will have jockey John Velazquez back in the irons.

Velazquez was aboard the colt for his first three starts, all wins including the Florida Derby. Javier Castellano rode the colt to a sixth place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

Castellano will be aboard Pletcher’s other entry Madefromlucky, winner of the Peter Pan Stakes in his last outing. The colt is at odds of 14-1. Last year’s Peter Pan winner Tonalist came back to pull off the upset in the Belmont Stakes.

Michael Dempsey will be providing his full card handicapping report for Belmont Stakes Day at turfnsport.com.

Odds to Win 2015 BELMONT STAKES at Bovada as of JUNE 5
  • 1. MUBTAAHIJ (Ortiz / de Kock) 14-1
  • 2. TALE OF VERVE (Stevens / Stewart) 20-1
  • 3. MADEFROMLUCKY (Castellano / Pletcher) 14-1
  • 4. FRAMMENTO (Smith / Zito) 33-1
  • 5. AMERICAN PHAROAH (Espinoza / Baffert) 10-13
  • 6. FROSTED (Rosario / McLaughlin) 11-2
  • 7. KEEN ICE (Desormeaux / Romans) 25-1
  • 8. MATERIALITY (Velazquez / Pletcher) 13-2
Bovada: Will American Pharoah win the Belmont Stakes?
  • Yes -130
  • No EVEN

Archived - 2015 BELMONT STAKES

With the defections of Carpe Diem and The Truth or Else from the field for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, American Pharoah’s bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 got a little easier.

The Bob Baffert trainee is currently at betting odds of 4/5 at Bovada for the third jewel of the Triple Crown, and unless there are a few surprises at the time of entry he will take on seven foes looking to derail his bid for history.

American Pharoah has won six races in a row, winning the Kentucky Derby by a length and coming back in the slop two weeks later to win the Preakness Stakes by seven lengths. He has won his six races by a combined 30¼ lengths.

Five of the eight in the Belmont Stakes field raced in the Kentucky Derby and skipped the Preakness including the second and third choices in the early wagering at Bovada.

Frosted, who made a good late run to finish fourth in the Run for the Roses, is the current second choice at odds of 5/1. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, the colt won the Wood Memorial in his previous outing. McLaughlin won the 2006 Belmont with longshot Jazil

While Todd Pletcher announced that Carpe Diem will bypass the Belmont, he still has Materiality and Madefromlucky, the third and fourth choices in the wagering.

Materiality won the Florida Derby in just his third career start and then had a rough trip in a sixth place finish in the Kentucky Derby. His current Belmont Stakes odds are 13/2 at Bovada.

Madefromlucky makes his first start in a Triple Crown race. The colt won the Peter Pan Stakes in his last outing, a race last year’s Belmont winner Tonalist exited.  He is currently at odds of 12/1 at Bovada for the Belmont Stakes.

Michael Dempsey will be providing his full card handicapping report for Belmont Stakes Day at turfnsport.com.

Odds to Win 2015 BELMONT STAKES at Bovada as of JUNE 2
  • American Pharoah 4/5
  • Frosted 5/1
  • Materiality 13/2
  • Madefromlucky 12/1
  • Mubtaahij 16/1
  • Tale of Verve 20/1
  • Keen Ice 25/1
  • Frammento 33/1
Bovada: Will American Pharoah win the Belmont Stakes?
  • Yes -125
  • No -115
Bovada: Will American Pharoah win the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic?
  • Yes +300
  • No -500
Bovada: Will American Pharoah win the 2016 Dubai World Cup?
  • Yes +300
  • No -500

Archived - 2015 BELMONT STAKES

It looks as if nine or 10 horses will stand in the way when American Pharoah attempts to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 6. A victory would mean the first Triple Crown winner in nearly four decades.

American Pharoah has been the solid betting favorite for the third jewel of the Triple Crown since crossing the wire in the Preakness Stakes in the slop by seven convincing lengths. The Bob Baffert trainee is currently at odds of 5/6 at Bovada.

Bovada is also offering prop wagers on whether the colt will win the Belmont Stakes, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, as well as the 2016 Dubai World Cup.

The colt faces a tough group in the Belmont including Materiality (13/2) and Frosted (11/2), who both ran in the Kentucky Derby and skipped the Preakness Stakes.

Materiality won the Florida Derby and then had a tough trip in a sixth place finish in the Kentucky Derby. Frosted won the Wood Memorial and rallied to finish fourth in the Run for the Roses.

Three of the last six Belmont Stakes winners ran in the Kentucky Derby and skipped the Preakness - Palace Malice (2013), Union Rags (2012) and Summer Bird (2009).

American Pharoah will face as many as six foes that he beat in the Kentucky Derby who then skipped the Preakness.

While we have not had a Triple Crown winner in 37 years, we have not seen a Preakness winner win the Belmont Stakes since Afleet Alex in 2005. The colt ran third in the Kentucky Derby and then took the final two jewels of the Triple Crown.

Last year’s Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist did not race in the first two jewels of the Triple Crown. He did not make his stakes debut until winning the Peter Pan at Belmont Park on May 10.

This year’s Peter Pan winner was Madefromlucky, who is currently 16/1 in early Belmont Stakes wagering at Bovada.

Michael Dempsey will be providing his full card handicapping report for Belmont Stakes Day at turfnsport.com.

Odds to Win 2015 BELMONT STAKES at Bovada as of May 30
  • American Pharoah 5/6
  • Frosted 11/2
  • Materiality 13/2
  • Carpe Diem 12/1
  • Mubtaahij 16/1
  • Madefromlucky 16/1
  • Tale of Verve 22/1
  • Keen Ice 28/1
  • Frammento 40/1
  • The Truth or Else 50/1
Bovada: Will American Pharoah win the Belmont Stakes?
  • Yes -120
  • No -120
Bovada: Will American Pharoah win the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic?
  • Yes +300
  • No -500
Bovada: Will American Pharoah win the 2016 Dubai World Cup?
  • Yes +300
  • No -500

Archived - 2015 BELMONT STAKES

American Pharoah will be a strong favorite to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 when the Bob Baffert trainee steps into the starting gate for the Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 6. The colt is currently at betting odds of 1/1 at Bovada.

The colt rolled to a seven-length victory in the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico over a sloppy surface. It was his sixth victory in a row. The colt has now amassed $3,730,300 in career earnings.

Standing in his way in his bid for history will be a solid group of contenders that could number as many as 10 or 11, among them two that ran well in the Kentucky Derby and skipped the Preakness.

Frosted made a good late rally to finish fourth in the Derby at betting odds of 10/1, beaten 3 ¼ lengths for the top spot. The Kiaran McLaughlin trainee is the current second choice in early Belmont Stakes betting at 5/1.

Materiality was sixth in the Derby, beaten 7 ¾ lengths, but had a troubled trip. The colt will be the most lightly raced in the field with just four career starts. His best effort came in a win in the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on March 28. His is the current third choice at Bovada at 15/2.

The colt is trained by Todd Pletcher, who won the 2007 Belmont Stakes with the filly Rags to Riches. He will likely saddle three. In addition to Materiality, he is pointing Derby 10th place finisher Carpe Diem (16/1) and Peter Pan (G2) winner Madefromlucly (22/1) to the third jewel of the Triple Crown.

Others that ran in the Derby and skipped the Preakness that are headed to New York include Frammento (11th), Keen Ice (seventh), Mubtaahij (eighth), and War Story (16th).

Tale of Verve, who rallied from far out of it to run second in the Preakness at odds of 28/1, is also pointing toward the Belmont Stakes and is currently at odds of 28/1 at Bovada.

Michael Dempsey will be providing his full card handicapping report for Belmont Stakes Day at turfnsport.com.

Odds to Win 2015 BELMONT STAKES at Bovada as of May 26
  • American Pharoah 1/1
  • Frosted 5/1
  • Materiality 15/2
  • Mubtaahij 14/1
  • Carpe Diem 16/1
  • Madefromlucky 22/1
  • Keen Ice 25/1
  • Divining Rod 25/1
  • Tale of Verve 28/1
  • Conquest Curlinate 33/1
  • War Story 33/1
  • Frammento 50/1
Bovada: Will American Pharoah win the Belmont Stakes?
  • Yes EVEN
  • No -140

Archived - 2015 BELMONT STAKES

The 2015 Triple Crown season in horse racing will come to a close on Saturday, June 6 with the Belmont Stakes, with betting favorite American Pharoah taking his shot at the Triple Crown after winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.

Early odds at Bovada have American Pharoah set as the 10/11 favorite to complete the Triple Crown and win the Belmont Stakes on June 6, with Frosted (5/1) and Materiality (13/2) next on those betting lines. Mubtaahij is then at 14/1 odds, with Carpe Diem at 18/1 odds, and Divining Rod at 20/1 odds.

American Pharoah will be up against history in the Belmont Stakes, as the last horse to sweep the three Triple Crown races was Affirmed back in 1978. California Chrome, with jockey Victor Espinoza aboard, won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness last year but finished fourth in the Belmont Stakes.

In fact, six horses since 2000 won the first two Triple Crown races but didn't win the Belmont - War Emblem (2002), Funny Cide (2003), Smarty Jones (2004), Big Brown (2008), I'll Have Another (2012), and California Chrome (2014). Big Brown was eased and didn't finish the Belmont; I'll Have Another didn't start the race due to injury.

Odds to Win 2015 BELMONT STAKES at Bovada as of May 19
  • American Pharoah 10/11
  • Frosted 5/1
  • Materiality 13/2
  • Mubtaahij 14/1
  • Carpe Diem 18/1
  • Divining Rod 20/1
  • Keen Ice 22/1
  • Madefromlucky 22/1
  • Tale of Verve 25/1
  • Conquest Curlinate 33/1
  • Frammento 50/1
Bovada: Will American Pharoah win the Belmont Stakes?
  • Yes -110
  • No -130

Archived - 2014 BELMONT STAKES

With the $1.5 million 2014 Belmont Stakes coming up on Saturday, California Chrome continues to take the majority of the betting action, currently at 4-5 in fixed betting odds at Bovada.

The colt was installed as the 3-5 morning line favorite by Belmont Park for the third jewel of the Triple Crown.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner is seeking to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed accomplished the feat in 1978. Since that time, 12 horses have swept the first two jewels of the Triple Crown but failed to win the Belmont Stakes.

The latest was in 2012 when I’ll Have Another was scratched on the eve of the race due to a tendon injury. In the two previous years a Triple Crown was at stake, both Big Brown and Smarty Jones went down to defeat at betting odds of 1-5. [ Check out California Chrome Belmont props as well ]

Wicked Strong is the second choice in the betting at 6-1. The colt last raced in a fourth place finish in the Kentucky Derby, bypassing the Preakness. That strategy has worked well, as seven horses since 2000 have lost the Derby, skipped the Preakness, and won the Belmont Stakes.

Ride On Curlin is third in the advanced betting at odds of 7-1. The colt had a troubled seventh place finish in the Run for the Roses and rallied to finish a good second in the Preakness, beaten 1 ½ lengths by the winner.

The new shooter Tonalist is next in the wagering at 17-2. The colt made his stakes debut in the Peter Pan Stakes over a sloppy Belmont Park main track on May 10. The last Belmont winner to skip the first two jewels of the Triple Crown was Ruler On Ice in 2011.

Bovada is offering a wide variety of prop bets and matchup bets for the race. The current odds on California Chrome finishing in the top three is 1-6.

Post time for the Belmont Stakes is 6:52pm (ET) and will be broadcast live on NBC.

Belmont Stakes Odds via Bovada (as of June 6):

California Chrome   4-5
Wicked Strong   6-1
Ride On Curlin   7-1
Tonalist   17-2
Commanding Curve   11-1
Medal Count   20-1
Samraat   25-1
General a Rod   28-1
Matterhorn  33-1
Commissioner   33-1
Matuszak   50-1

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The field for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes was reduced by one on Tuesday as trainer Linda Rice announced that Kid Cruz will look for an easier spot than the third jewel of the Triple Crown.

The defection leaves a field of 12, but that may be reduced to 11 as the connections of Social Inclusion will announce on Wednesday whether the colt will go to the Belmont Stakes or race in the $500,000 Woody Stephens on the Belmont Stakes Day undercard. Owner Ron Sanchez said the chance of running in the Woody Stephens is “70-30.”

California Chrome continues to be the betting favorite, currently listed at 11/10 at Bovada. That price is up slightly from the even money betting odds the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was listed as on May 29. A scratch by Social Inclusion would likely drop his price slightly.

Ride On Curlin, who rallied to finish second in the Preakness Stakes, continues to be the second choice in the early betting at Bovada at 11/2. The colt came up 1 ¾ lengths short in Baltimore at betting odds of 10/1.

The new shooter Tonalist and Kentucky Derby runner up Commanding Curve share third choice betting honors at 15/1.

Tonalist won the Peter Pan (G2) over a sloppy Belmont Park main track in his last outing. Since 2007 four of the seven Belmont Stakes winners were making their first start in a Triple Crown race, the latest being Ruler On Ice in 2011.

Commanding Curve makes his first start since running a fast closing second to California Chrome in the Run for the Roses at betting odds of 37/1.  The last two Belmont Stakes winners, Union Rags in 2012 and Palace Malice, raced in the Derby, passed the Preakness, and won the third jewel of the Triple Crown.

Entries and post positions for the race will be drawn on Wednesday morning.

Belmont Stakes Odds via Bovada (as of June 3):

California Chrome 11/10
Ride On Curlin 11/2
Commanding Curve 15/2
Tonalist 15/2
Wicked Strong 17/2
Medal Count 16/1
Social Inclusion 20/1
General A Rod 22/1
Samraat 22/1
Commissioner 33/1
Matterhorn 33/1
Kid Cruz 40/1 (Will not run)
Matuszak 50/1

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California Chrome remains the big favorite for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 7, currently at odds of even money at Bovada in early betting.

The colt arrived in New York last week riding a six-race winning streak including winning the Kentucky Derby (G1) by 1 ¾ lengths and the Preakness Stakes (G1) by 1 ½ lengths.

The colt faces several challenges, the most notable being the 1 ½ miles of the race, a distance he has never travelled and probably never will again. It appears 10 or 11 challengers will line up in the starting gate attempting to derail his Triple Crown bid.

The colt is seeking to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed swept the three-race series in 1978.

Second choice in the early betting at Bovada at 5/1 is Ride On Curlin, who will be the lone other runner that competes in all three Triple Crown races this year. After a seventh-place finish in the Run for the Roses, the colt came with a good late run to finish second behind the winner in the Preakness.

Four runners that competed in the Derby and skipped the Preakness will come into New York fresh including Commanding Curve (15/1), who was a fast closing second in the Derby, and Wicked Strong (9/1), who was fourth.  The Derby fifth place finisher Samraat (20/1) will also attempt to turn the tables, as will Medal Count (14/1), who was eighth.

One of the biggest dangers in the race may be newcomer Tonalist, who won the Peter Pan Stakes (G2) on March 10 over a sloppy track at Belmont Park. The colt is currently the co-third choice in early betting at 15/2.

The 2014 Belmont Stakes will be run on what will be the richest day of racing in Belmont Stakes history. There are nine additional stakes including five Grade 1 events: the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap, the $1 million Ogden Phipps, the $1 million Manhattan, the $750,000 Longines Just a Game, and the $750,000 Acorn.

In total, the 13-race card will be worth $8 million, making the card the second-richest day on the North American racing calendar behind only Breeders’ Cup Saturday.

NBC Sports Network will pick up the action for the early stakes at 2:30pm (ET) with NBC broadcasting the Belmont Stakes at 4:30pm (ET).

Belmont Stakes Odds via Bovada (as of May 29):

California Chrome 1/1
Ride On Curlin 5/1
Commanding Curve 15/2
Tonalist 15/2
Wicked Strong 9/1
Medal Count 14/1
Samraat 20/1
Commissioner 33/1
Matterhorn 33/1
Social Inclusion 33/1
Kid Cruz 40/1
Matuszak 40/1

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With “Nasalgate” in his rearview mirror, California Chrome will head to the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7 as the heavy favorite, seeking to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Sportsbook.ag opened the colt as the -115 betting favorite for the race, where the colt will face a field likely to number 11 including a pair of formidable foes that finished behind him in the Kentucky Derby and skipped the Preakness.

Danza (+800) checked in third in the Kentucky Derby and is back for trainer Todd Pletcher to attempt to turn the tables on the favorite. Pletcher is also pointing Intense Holiday, who was 12th in the Kentucky Derby, and Commissioner, who was second in the Grade 2 Peter Pan in his last outing.

Second choice on the opening lines was Ride On Curlin at +500. The colt rallied to finish in the runner-up spot in the Preakness Stakes, beaten by 1 ½ lengths. The colt was seventh in the Run for the Roses and appears likely to appreciate the extra ground of the 1 ½ mile distance of the Belmont Stakes.

The 2014 Belmont Stakes will be run on Saturday, June 7 at Belmont Park on what will be the richest day of racing in Belmont Stakes history. There are nine additional stakes including five prestigious Grade 1 events: the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap, the $1 million Ogden Phipps, the $1 million Manhattan, the $750,000 Longines Just a Game, and the $750,000 Acorn.

In total, the 13-race card will be worth $8 million, making New York’s Spring Championships the second-richest day on the North American racing calendar behind only Breeders’ Cup Saturday.

Contenders for the 2014 Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes:

HORSE - Owner - Trainer - Sportsbook.ag Odds
CALIFORNIA CHROME - Steven Coburn & Perry Martin - Art Sherman - -115
COMMANDING CURVE - West Point Thoroughbreds - Dallas Stewart - +1200
COMMISSIONER - WinStar Farm - Todd Pletcher - +3500
DANZA - Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners - Todd Pletcher - +800
INTENSE HOLIDAY - Starlight Racing - Todd Pletcher - +3500
KID CRUZ - Vina Del Mar Tb's & Black Swan - Linda Rice - +5000
RIDE ON CURLIN - Daniel J. Dougherty - William Gowan - +500
SAMRAAT - My Meadowview Farm - Richard Violette, Jr. - +2500
SOCIAL INCLUSION - Rontos Racing Stable - Manuel Azpurua - +3000
TONALIST - Robert S. Evans - Christophe Clement - +1200
WICKED STRONG - Centennial Farm - James Jerkens - +1200