Mo Donegal is favored in the Belmont Stakes odds

The 154th running of the Belmont Stakes (G1) is on Saturday, June 11, and after what was a historic Kentucky Derby and a Preakness Stakes that saw Kentucky Derby second Epicenter finish second again, we now focus on the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown.

We have no horse going for that illustrious treble, as Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike missed the Preakness and comes here now a fresh horse after a six-week break.

Now many would think that the way he won that race, he would be the chalk here in New York. However, that is not the case and he is chalked up at around +400 (4/1), the third favorite behind the Kentucky Derby fifth-placed horse, Mo Donegal.

He is even surpassed in the betting by the recent Grade 3 Peter Pan Stakes winner We The People.

So the doubters are out against Rich Strike once more. Can he prove them wrong? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Along with the Belmont Stakes odds found below, be sure to see our Belmont Stakes picks and the Belmont horses competing.

Belmont Stakes Odds

Odds To Win The belmont Stakes
We The People+225
Mo Donegal+250
Rich Strike+400
Creative Minister+650
Barber Road+1200
Golden Glider+2500

After the Kentucky Derby, many trainers ruled out their horses from the Preakness Stakes as it was just not a good fit. The Preakness is more for speed horses, and horses like Rich Strike, Barber Road and our main fancy Mo Donegal clearly did not have the pace for that race.

The connections of Rich Strike (+400, 4/1) must have had sleepless nights deciding whether to try to make history and go for the Triple Crown, but they clearly had the horse’s best interests at heart and should be applauded for that.

This could be the most exciting leg of the Triple Crown with Creative Minister (+650, 13/2) a big danger to the rest of the field. He is still very inexperienced with just four career starts so far, but the level of ability shown is close to the big guns here.

One definite starter in the race is We The People, who won the Grade 3 Peter Pan Stakes last time when going wire to wire. That caught the attention of many handicappers and he is a +225 (9/4) shot for glory.

The question is does he have the class for this step up the ladder to Grade 1 level against proven foes? We think he’ll come up short even though he cleared to win by around 10 lengths last time. He should be part of a strong pace along with Skippylongstocking.

When Is The 2022 Belmont Stakes?

The 2022 Belmont Stakes is taking place on Saturday, June 11, and can be seen on NBC and Peacock. The coverage of the main race begins at 5 p.m. ET. 

Can Mo Donegal Win The Belmont Stakes?

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Well, one thing is for sure, he looks to be one of the horses suited by the stamina test of one and a half miles of the sweeping Belmont track, and the way in which he rallied and closed late in the Kentucky Derby tells us he should be one of the strongest closers in the field. 

With the books already having seen money for the Todd Pletcher-trained colt, you can now only get around +225 to +250, somewhere between 9/4 and 5/2.

The first leg of the Triple Crown taught us a few things about Mo Donegal:

  • He is one of the strongest stayers from this year’s crop of three-year-old colts.
  • He likes to stalk behind a fast pace, which he should get at Belmont.
  • His stretch close lasts for a considerable distance (half a mile at least).
  • He is the only horse to beat Preakness winner Early Voting.
  • He has the heart of a lion.

The Belmont Stakes field will be half the size of the Kentucky Derby race and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. will be able to drop the horse inside on the rail in a stalking position. He’ll look to gain a good track position before launching his bid from the end of the backstretch and will go right to the wire.

Who Are The Major Contenders For The Belmont Stakes?

We’ve taken a look at some of the probable runners above but let’s look at the odds for the whole field.

Mo Donegal +250 (5/2)

Won the Wood Memorial when closing strongly to beat Early Voting and then went on to finish a good fifth in the Kentucky Derby. His final finishing position does not tell the whole story and we gave some reasons why we think he is the one to beat in our recent Belmont Stakes contenders piece.

We The People +225 (9/4)

Stepped up to stakes company on his third start in the Arkansas Derby but was well behind another Belmont entry, Barber Road, who was third on that occasion. He took an allowance contest at Belmont last time by nearly 10 lengths but going back into much deeper waters and the price is all wrong here.

Rich Strike +400 (4/1)

One of the most exciting Derby winners for a long time and is certain to run. He has already beaten Mo Donegal and Barber Road, although those two got into a barging match around the far turn and into the home stretch so should finish closer.

We know Rich Strike is going to stay as he hit the wire hard in the Kentucky Derby and he would have to be included in exotics as it is difficult to see him not hitting the board.

Creative Minister +650 (13/2)

The most improved horse in the field and his track workouts at Belmont have been good in the run-up to the big day. He looks sure to run a big race. The only doubt is will this come too soon after the Preakness? If not, then he’ll be another to take seriously and is good value on the boards.

Nest +800 (8/1)

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The Kentucky Oaks runner-up was a very impressive winner of the Ashland Stakes, but it’s key to note that Irad Ortiz, who rode her there, has chosen barn buddy Mo Donegal, which is a big pointer. She is the only filly in the race so she gets an allowance but with Ortiz riding the colt Mo Donegal, that tells horseplayers a lot.

Who Are The Long Shots For The 2022 Belmont Stakes?

What chance do we have of a shock winner in the final leg of the 2022 Triple Crown? Below we give you a brief rundown of the odds for the Belmont Stakes long shots and pick out the one who might be capable of hitting the board.

Let’s look at some of the less likely winners who are currently chalked up at +1200 (12/1) or bigger.

Barber Road +1200 (12/1)

Was a game runner-up in the Arkansas Derby before running another mighty race to finish sixth in the Kentucky Derby. After winning his first two starts, he has run consistently, hitting the board in stakes contests on a regular basis. His slow starts continue to cost him, though.

The one and a half miles looks a real positive here and he is one that should be included in exotics.

Skippylongstocking +2200 (22/1)

Has been running in all of the major trials and stakes races but was well held behind Mo Donegal in the Wood Memorial and it is tough to see this one winning. He’ll be doing well to hit the board here with a show the very best he can hope for.

Golden Glider +2500 (25/1)

This horse is definitely one that has very little chance of making an impact. He was a well-beaten second behind We The People last time and the only reason he is running is that that last race offered a free spot to the Belmont Stakes with all entry fees covered.

You cannot blame connections for having a go, but this is a significant step up the class ladder and he’ll be doing well to mount any sort of challenge to the top contenders here.

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 winners 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.