Free Belmont Stakes Picks

Our panel of handicapping experts has broken down all angles of this weekend’s Belmont Stakes and has selected the following as their official free Belmont Picks.

Big Brown

You can hear the critics everywhere - Horrible odds at 2/5 ($2.00 wager to net a whopping $2.80), history against him on winning the Triple Crown (first in 30 years), news report about the hoof issues, questions about his stamina, PETA making noise about steroid usage, poor starting position (#1 spot).

The list of one liner’s on why not to back this amazing horse are endless. Despite all of this, Big Brown has won all five starts by a combined margin of 39 lengths. He decimated the fields in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Experts agree that Big Brown has yet to be opened up in a race and has won without even trying. If this is true, despite the astronomical odds, how do you not back Big Brown Saturday? Honestly, were not sure.

Bet on Big Brown in the 2008 Belmont Stakes

Casino Drive

In reviewing the best of the rest, the Japanese import will fall short of ruining Big Brown's Triple Crown, but should end up to cash the Place and Show money. Not sure if there is another horse close to the pedigree of Casino Drive. Both parents were Horse of the Year winners, with his father, A.P. Indy being a former Belmont Stakes winner. Another interesting note is that the jockey who will be riding Casino Drive captured Belmont Stakes upsets over War Emblem and Smarty Jones and ruined their Triple Crown hopes. This horse has the potential to win the race, but with this only being his third start, it is difficult to back him to win the race over the dominant Big Brown. Current odds on Casino Drive sit at 7/2 according to oddsmakers at online sports book Bodog.

Bet on Casino Drive in the 2008 Belmont Stakes

Denis of Cork

Will Denis of Cork repeat his brother's (Empire Maker) Triple Crown upset of Funny Cide in the 2003 Belmont Stakes?  After running third in the Kentucky Derby, he skipped the Preakness to prepare for Saturday's race.  The most impressive part about his 3rd place finish was the fact he was able to rebound after he broke poorly. With the Belmont Stakes being such a long race, we really like his chances to be in the race down the stretch. With juicy 12-1 odds, Dennis of Cork is a solid choice in his sixth career start at Belmont with a great starting position (4th) and an almost must have in any exotic wager.

Bet on Denis of Cork in the 2008 Belmont Stakes

Our analysis concludes that the above three horses should be mixed up in exactas and trifectas and hope Big Brown comes in 2nd or 3rd giving you a great pay day. Even thought we think everything points to another Big Brown blowout, at 2/5 odds it is nearly impossible to go into this race and empty the ATM machine out to profit 80 cents. With the world betting everything they can on Big Brown we are getting great value on our other two choices, especially on the 12-1 Dennis of Cork.

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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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