Horse Racing

Belmont Stakes Props: The Triple Crown

The hype is running at an all-time high, California Chrome appears ready, and online racebooks have the party started with tons of Belmont Stakes props and Triple Crown betting specials.

The Belmont is the longest of the three major races and it has been a haven for longshots in recent years. Ever heard of Matuszak? Maybe you will after Saturday and he is a 10-1 longshot to even finish in the Top 3, according to Bovada, which is expecting a huge day of horse racing activity Saturday.


Belmont Stakes Betting: Morning Line

California Chrome was installed as the 3-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1), where the colt will face a field of 10 looking to end his bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.


Preakness Stakes Props: Matchup Odds

The Preakness Stakes prop odds menu was released Thursday and favorite California Chrome figures prominently in them.

The Kentucky Derby winner is a huge favorite to win at Pimlico and he’s a prohibitive 1/5 bet to finish in the Top 3 on Saturday, according to Bovada which posted props.

Two weeks ago, longshot Commanding Curve was a 15/1 bet to finish in the money and he finished a strong second. This time, Ring Weekend has the longest odds on that Preakness Stakes prop.


Triple Crown Odds on California Chrome

On Saturday, a wager on any horse to win the Triple Crown was a 9-1 payout. On Sunday, that same wager was down to a 2-1 payout at one racebook.

Such was the dominant form of California Chrome in the 140th Kentucky Derby that racebook and sportsbook managers slashed the odds to win the Triple Crown.


Kentucky Derby 2014 Props Announced

The Kentucky Derby winner won’t win the Preakness Stakes and there certainly won’t be a Triple Crown winner in 2014.

That, according to the Kentucky Derby 2014 props announced this week courtesy of Bovada. The ‘no Triple Crown winner’ prop carries a current 1-12 pricetag, meaning $1 in profit for every $12 wagered.


Price on the Derby favorite drifts upward

As we get closer to the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby the price on betting favorite California Chrome is starting to rise slightly, currently at 5/2 on the odds released by Bovada on Tuesday morning.

The Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner had dropped to as low as 7/4 last week, and his price has now drifted upward. It likely will stay in the 5/2 to 3/1 range the remainder of the week.


Baffert’s Hoppertunity Worth Derby Look

With California Chrome now bet down to 7/4 on the latest Kentucky Derby odds released by Bovada it might be time to start looking for value, and that could be with the Bob Baffert trained Hoppertunity.

The colt is currently listed at 14/1 in Kentucky Derby betting at Bovada, good for fifth choice on those odds. The other three at lower odds are Danza and Wicked Strong at 8/1 and Vicar’s in Trouble at 10/1.


California Chrome Solid Derby Favorite

The betting price on California Chrome continues to drop, with the talented colt now at 2/1 in Kentucky Derby futures odds released by Bovada. The colt has won his last four starts by a combined 24 lengths and is coming off a 5 ¼ length victory in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 5.

Back in February horse bettors could have received 60/1 after his win in the California Cup Derby. That win came against state breds and up until that point he had not shown he could handle open stakes company.


Bayern must justify Kentucky Derby odds

After winning his first two career starts including beating first level allowance foes by 15 lengths, the Bob Baffert trained Bayern took some serious action at Bovada in Kentucky Derby futures betting, currently sitting at 16-1, with just five runners at lower prices.

The colt starts as the second choice at 2-1 on the morning line for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), and needs a top two finish to guarantee himself a spot in the starting gate for the Run for the Roses.


Kentucky Derby Points Standings

The Steve Asmussen trained Tapiture earned 10 points by winning the Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 17 to move up into first place in the Road to the 2014 Kentucky Derby points standings. The colt is currently listed at 12-1 in Derby future betting odds.

There are two major Derby preps on Saturday, each with 50-20-10-5 points up for grabs to the top four finishers. The winner of the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) and the $400,000 Risen Star (G2) will each earn 50 points, which virtually assures locking in a starting berth in the Kentucky Derby (G1).



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