Belmont Long Shot Picks

With Big Brown already being handed the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes gives us a great opportunity to find some solid long shots for Saturday's big race.

In reviewing the field and looking at all the angles, our panel of horseracing experts have chosen the following horses as three possible long shots to consider this weekend.

Tale of Ekati

With current odds from online sports book at 20-1, this horse has the potential to leave tons of Big Brown bettors who laid the big number very disappointed. Don't forget, outside of Big Brown he is the only Grade 1 winner in the race. A tactical horse that picked up his first two wins at the very track the Triple Crown will be decided on Saturday.

After finishing fourth in the Kentucky Derby, this horse has had five weeks off to prepare for the Belmont Stakes. Not amazing on the speed side of the equation, Tale of Ekati does possess the stamina needed to tame the longest track in the United States. Look for the jockey Eibar Coa to use this stamina to his advantage and wait it out until late in the race before making his move. Can Tale of Ekati remain undefeated on his home course? At 20-1, we hope so.

Bet on Tale of Ekati in the 2008 Belmont Stakes

Icabad Crane

Out of the 10th position comes another 20-1 longshot according to oddsmakers at online sports book Bodog. Thanks to the amazing odds on Big Brown (2/5), almost the entire field will have long odds due to the amount of money being poored in on him.

A combination of speed and stamina helped Icabad Crane finish third in the Preakness Stakes. One interesting note is the fact his Beyer Rating has actually increased with longer distance races. The key thing to watch is his closing style which can make the final turn into the home stretch very interesting for race fans on Saturday. Even though we do not feel he can upset Big Brown, or even Casino Drive, our expectation is to have race day odds higher than the current 20-1 making this horse a solid choice in almost any exotic combination.

Bet on Icabad Crane in the 2008 Belmont Stakes

Anak Nakai

At a whopping 30-1 payoff potential, our experts love this horse to plug in some exotic wagers. Don't forget, many horseracing experts felt this horse would possibly put the scare into Big Brown at the Kentucky Derby.

The key to this horse is trainer Nick Zito who has seven Place finishes at the Belmont, including a $74.00 payout on Birdstone. His career debut was at this track and resulted in a nice win, which bodes well for those who question his ability to withstand the distance and conditions. With great stamina and pedigree, we do not predict a win in the Belmont Stakes, but do expect a much better performance than the 7th place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

Bet on Anak Nakai in the 2008 Belmont Stakes

The money to be made this weekend will not be on betting Big Brown at 2/5. If you expect to try and break the bank on Saturday, you will be forced to find those long shots to factor into your handicapping. Please feel free to share any other horses you have handicapped to help cash a winning ticket on Saturday below.

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140th Belmont Stakes Odds to win – Saturday June 7, 2008 – Belmont Park – Elmont, New York

Big Brown 2/7 – Big Brown Belmont Pre-Race Report

Casino Drive 9/2 – Casino Drive Belmont Pre-Race Report

Denis of Cork 10/1 – Denis of Cork Belmont Pre-Race Report

Tale of Ekati 16/1 – Tale of Ekati Belmont Pre-Race Report

Behindatthebar 25/1 – Behindatthebar Belmont Pre-Race Report

Macho Again 40/1 – Macho Again Belmont Pre-Race Report

Mint Lane 50/1 – Mint Lane Belmont Pre-Race Report

Odds on - Will there be a Triple Crown Winner in US Thoroughbred Racing in 2008 

Yes - Triple Crown Winner in 2008 –350

No - Triple Crown winner in 2008 +250

Odds provided by SPORTSBETTING.COM


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