Dunkirk Opening Odds
The horse expected to challenge favorite Mine That Bird at the 2009 Belmont Stakes is Dunkirk, whose odds opened at 7/2 to win at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 6.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.COM have made Dunkirk a mid-range favorite to win the Belmont at 7/2 odds. Only Mine That Bird has better odds at 5/6 to win, while Charitable Man rounds out the top 3 with 3/1 odds.
Dunkirk has run to mixed results so far in 2009. He started the season off with two straight wins, claiming victories at Gulfstream Park on January 24 and again on February 19. He also finished second at the 58th running of the Florida Derby on March 28, which gave bettors hope that he could be a sleeper for the 2009 Kentucky Derby.
But success was not to be as Dunkirk finished a lousy 11th at Churchill Downs and that was reason enough for his owners and trainers to hold him out of the 2009 Preakness Stakes to rest him for the Belmont. So if nothing else, Dunkirk is well rested, while his top competitor, Mine That Bird, has raced in each of the previous legs of the Triple Crown.
The 141st running of the Belmont Stakes will take place on Saturday, June 6 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. For more information on this year’s race, check out our 2009 Belmont Stakes Viewing Guide.
Odds to win 2009 Belmont Stakes – Saturday, June 6 – Belmont Park – Elmont, New York
Mine That Bird 5/6
Charitable Man 3/1
Chocolate Candy 13/1
Flying Private 18/1
Mr Hot Stuff 20/1
Brave Victory 28/1
Miners Escape 30/1
Summer Bird 20/1
Luv Gov 50/1
Posted: 6/1/09 11:44PM ET