With just a week to go until the third and final leg of the 2023 Triple Crown, it's time to look a bit more in-depth on the field and look at the odds that the sportsbooks are offering.
Belmont Stakes Odds
|Angel of Empire||+350|
|Red Route One||+1600|
Although we have the early odds, the final field and gate draw will not be known until next week and these odds are sure to change depending on where these horses are drawn. We also have to be aware that we could still get one or two not listed above supplemented.
When Is The 2022 Belmont Stakes?
The Belmont Stakes is due off with a scheduled post time of 6:50 pm ET on Saturday, June 10.
Belmont Stakes Betting Favorites
Let's take a look at the five main players for the 2023 Belmont Stakes.
Forte, triumphed in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on his last run to remain unbeaten in 2023 and although he was injured before the Kentucky Derby, and could not contest that race or the Preakness, he is still the horse that everybody is looking forward to seeing. If he can bring his best form to the table then he is a worthy favorite.
The training prep has gone well, and a recent workout with Todd Pletcher was quoted as saying “It was a very well-executed breeze. He kind of gradually picked it up throughout and then had a very impressive gallop-out.” Pletcher went on to say “He came back in good order; very impressed by his level of fitness and how he recovered after the breeze.”
He went five furlongs in just over a minute and with a little urging from Ortiz past the wire, he galloped out six furlongs in 1:12.72, seven furlongs in 1:25.94, and a mile in 1:38.74. All looks good for Pletcher's star three-year-old.
Angel of Empire +350
A horse that looks sure to appreciate this stretch out in distance and he is still very much unexposed here. There has to be more to come after his most recent run in the Kentucky Derby where he was a strong closing third behind Mage and Two Phils (neither of those run here).
Brad Cox made it clear after that race that they would miss The Preakness to have a crack at this third leg of the Triple Crown and he deserves to be high up on any handicapper's shortlist here.
Tapit Trice +400
There is no doubt that this horse will stay the distance of the Belmont Stakes but the question mark is if he is actually good enough.
The run in the Kentucky Derby was solid but he didn't really close as hard as one would have expected and he still finished in behind Hit Show who was fifth in that race.
He missed The Preakness which does give his chance some upside but with the slow starts and that last run not blowing me away, he is the least fancied of the top five on the early morning line predictions. He did breeze well at the back end of last month going in a nearly identical time to his barn buddy Forte and maybe the break has freshened him up for a performance with more early zest.
National Treasure +700
What can we say about last month's Preakness winner?
He showed speed, stamina, and lastly, guts to win that race, and because he races close to the speed, he'll have a good race position when they exit the far turn and into the home stretch run.
It is a slightly longer turnaround this year between the second and third legs of the triple crown, and Bob Baffert would not be running if he felt the horse was not 100% fit and ready.
Baffert put his star back into serious track work recently and a four-furlong breeze was covered in 50.85 secs, nothing spectacular at first glance but he did cover the first quarter in a very quick 23.63 secs, and jockey John Velazquez who was in the saddle, and said “He picked it up way too fast around the [far turn], I just kind of held him there, held him, held him, and slowed him down the best I could,” Velazquez said.
“I didn’t want to let him do too much, then I let him gallop out and he galloped out very good. I overcompensated a little bit down the stretch.”
Velazquez said overall he was “very happy” with how National Treasure is doing heading into the Belmont.
“That’s what we need a fresh horse,” Velazquez continued. “We just ran a couple of weeks ago, so I don’t want to overdo it either.”
The dark horse in the top five as he has just recently been given the go-ahead to take his chance after winning the Grade 3 Peter Pan Stakes in the middle of May is Arcangelo.
He comes from the barn of Jena Antonucci, a name not well known for graded-stakes success.
He took a while to break the maiden but was very impressive to take a Maiden Special Weight contest at Gulfstream Park in March before that last run when stepping up in class to take the Peter Pan.
He clearly has more to give and could be very decent value come race day. Current odds of 12/1 look generous for across-the-board players.
2022 Belmont Stakes FAQ
Who won the 2021 Belmont Stakes?
Essential Quality, trained by Brad Cox and ridden by jockey Luis Saez, won the 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes.
Which horse is favored to win the 2022 Belmont Stakes?
We The People is currently the betting favorite to win the Belmont Stakes. The favorite has +225 odds, while Mo Donegal, Rich Strike, Creative Minister and Nest fall behind in odds for the 154th running of the prestigious horse racing event.
What are the fastest times for the Belmont Stakes?
The five fastest Belmont Stakes Sportsbooks of all-time were Secretariat in 1973 with a time of 2:24:00. In 1989, Easy Goer had a time of 2:26:00. A.P. Indy had a time of 2:26:13 in 1992. In 1988, Risen Star had a time of 2:26:48. And in 2001, Point Given recorded a run time of 2:26:56.