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Belmont Stakes Betting Guide

2021 will mark the 153rd year that the Belmont Stakes race will be run and there are numerous opportunities to bet on the Belmont Stakes online, at a sportsbook, or maybe even in person at Belmont Park in New York. Traditionally, the Belmont is the final leg of the Triple Crown races, following the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. This page gives you all the key information you need to make smart picks when Belmont Stakes betting and (hopefully) make some coin.

If this is your first time betting on the Belmont Stakes, you can also read our How To Bet Guide that can walk you through the process to get set up to bet on the Belmont Stakes online.

Broadcast Dates and Key Belmont Stakes Betting Info

In 2020, the Belmont was run nearly three months before both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes (moved to the fall) because of the coronavirus pandemic. In 2021, however, it will return to its normal schedule.

2021 Belmont Stakes @ Belmont Park

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The main course at Belmont Park is 1 1/2 Miles long, with the last turn on the track being 1,097 feet.

Belmont Stakes Betting Tips

Belmont betting is pretty simple. All you need to learn to bet on the Belmont Stakes online is knowledge of the different betting options and some research on the horses themselves. Below, we’ll explore the type of bets you can make and how to read odds for Belmont Stakes 2021 betting.

Futures Bets

If you can correctly predict who will win the Belmont Stakes early, you could see yourself on the winning end of a great bet. Futures are bets you can make well in advance of a big event. Odds at your favorite racebook would look something like this:

Belmont Stakes Betting Odds
Horse (Lane)Odds
Tiz the Law (8)-135
Tap it to Win (1)+600
Sole Volante (2) +700
Dr. Post (9)+750
Pneumatic (10)+1600
Max Player (3)+1800
Modernist (4)+2200
Farmington Road (5)+2200
Fore Left (6)+4000
Jungle Runner (7)+5000

In the above 2020 odds that we're using for example, we use American odds but you can pick Fractional (1/5) or Decimal (1.20) odds if you prefer. Your location generally determines the odds type. Bettors in Europe and Australia tend to like decimals, whereas those in the U.K. use fractions. In North America, you’ll usually find American odds.

Favorites are always shown with the minus sign (-) and underdogs have plus signs (+) beside their odds. This is universal across all betting sites.

At -140, oddsmakers gave Tiz The Law a 58.3 percent shot at winning. If you laid down $100 on Tiz The Law, you’d get a payout of $171.43 if he had won – your $100 is returned along with your winnings of $71.43.

On the other hand, a long-shot $100 bet on a horse like Dr. Post at +900 (10 percent chance) would've paid out $1,000 – your original money comes back coupled with your winnings of $900. Because this was considered a risky bet, the reward was greater.

To see how much you’d win based on the odds offered and the amount wagered, check out our Odds Calculator. You’ll also see the percentage chances that oddsmakers are giving each horse of winning.

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Win, Place, Show

Akin to the moneyline in other sports, this is a set of three bets rolled into one where you would pick a horse to win, another to come in second (place), and the last to come in third (show). Win, place, show bets require accuracy since you will need to correctly predict the positions of three horses.

Exacta, Trifecta and Quinella Betting

To make an exacta bet, you’ll need to guess the top two finishers in the Stakes in the right order. To place a trifecta bet, you’ll need to determine the first-, second- and third-place horses. A quinella bet is a little simpler since you have to forecast two horses to finish first and second but they don’t have to be in the correct order.

Horse Matchup

If you're unsure how to bet on the Belmont Stakes, you can narrow down the field with horse matchup betting, which allows you to choose two horses. They don’t need to win outright, but they do need to come in the order of your choosing. For instance, if you bet that Dr. Post will finish before Mischievous and that happens, you win your bet. Neither horse needs to come in first, they just have to beat the other.

Handicapping Your Belmont Stakes Bets

The Belmont Stakes is known as “The Test of the Champion” because ordinarily the longer track distance of 1.5 miles historically puts faster horses at a disadvantage. However, with the reduced track length, endurance may not be a key factor for races like these along with handicapping a horse’s pace.

• Pressers/Stalkers: These are horses that come from behind. They may look slow at first but move swiftly to pass their opponents.

• Front-runners: These stallions start strong and keep a steady pace throughout the race. This is not to say that they can’t outrun their rivals if necessary, they’re just better at managing their strides to stay in the race.

• Closers: This is the name for horses that start slow and gain momentum as the race comes to a head.

Besides pace, knowing a horse’s position on the track can also help you make smart bets. Steeds that start the race closer to the inside of the track have a shorter distance to run.

Belmont Stakes Odds and Ends

  • The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the Triple Crown horse races with the first race taking place in 1867.
  • Belmont Park is in Elmont, New York, about an hour’s drive from Manhattan. Unless there’s traffic. (There’s always traffic.)
  • The Belmont winner is draped with a blanket of white carnations. The pure white carnations symbolize love and luck. The blanket takes about 700 Colombian carnations and weighs approximately 40 pounds.
  • Secretariat holds the best Belmont Stakes time at 2:24. His 1973 run time also set the world record for a 1.5-mile dirt track race and he won by 31 lengths, the largest margin of victory of any Grade 1 Stakes race in the United States. A statue of Secretariat likewise receives a carnation blanket.
  • Prior to the 1921 race, horses ran clockwise like they would in an English race. Since then, most races run on U.S. soil are run counterclockwise.
  • Trainer James G. Rowe Sr. has the most Belmont Stakes wins with eight.
  • Sarava is the biggest underdog to have won the Stakes. In 2002, at +7000 (70/1) odds, this horse ended the front-runner’s bid for the Triple Crown.
  • The 1867 purse – what the winner receives – was $2,500, equivalent to about $43,166.89 today. The 2020 prize has been reduced to $1 million.
  • The favorite won this horse racing event 11 consecutive times from 1878 to 1888.
  • The racetrack is named after investor and politician August Belmont I.
  • The Tiffany and Co. designed trophy features three horses supporting a silver bowl with a single horse standing on top. The three bottom horses represent Eclipse, Herod and Matchem, foundational sire thoroughbreds. The top horse represents Fenian, the winner of the third Belmont Stakes. Winners are given the option of keeping the trophy for a year or leaving it to be displayed on the grounds.
  • The race with the biggest crowd took place in 2004 with 120,130 people attending.
  • Before 2016, bay horses were the most victorious with 56 wins. Chestnuts had 54 wins and dark/bay browns had 33.
  • 2018 saw Justify become the 13th Triple Crown winner.
  • Julie Krone is the first and only female jockey to win a Triple Crown race. In 1993 she achieved that honor in the Belmont with Colonial Affair, who was a +1300 (13/1) long shot.