Belmont Stakes Morning Betting Odds
Justify will attempt to join previous Triple Crown winners later this evening when he runs in the 2018 Belmont Stakes. Here are the odds for every contender in the field the morning of Saturday's race.
Not surprisingly, Justify is the odds-on favorite to win the Belmont at 5/9. Horse racing's latest superstar will attempt to become the 13th Triple Crown winner in U.S. Thoroughbred racing and he has a great chance to accomplish the feat. He's 5-for-5 in a career that did not begin until February 18 of this year. In fact, until the Preakness Stakes, no contender had come within 2 1/2 lengths of Justify as he had to fend off Bravazo and Tenfold late. Justify won the Preakness by a half-length.
The horse with the next-best odds in the Belmont Stakes is Hofburg at 15/4. A talented but inexperienced colt, Hofburg finished second to Audible in the Florida Derby on March 31, which was his stakes debut. He finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby, passing several horses in the stretch after finding trouble at the start. He's been training at Saratoga since the Kentucky Derby and should be fresh after not running in the Preakness.
The contender that gave Justify a challenge down the stretch is 13/2 to win the Belmont Stakes. Bravazo disappointed in the Louisiana Derby but finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby despite being a sizable long shot. Then he emerged from the fog to almost catch Justify in the Preakness.
Vino Rosso won his first two career starts late last year in impressive fashion before contesting two Kentucky Derby prep stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. He underachieved in both starts, rebounded to win the Wood Memorial Stakes by three lengths and then finished ninth in the Kentucky Derby. Vino Rosso is 17/2 to win the Belmont Stakes this evening.
Now starts the long-shots, as Tenfold is 10/1 to win the Belmont Stakes. A long shot in the Preakness, Tenfold rallied through the stretch to finish third and only a neck behind runner-up Bravazo. He was also only three-quarters of a length behind Triple Crown contender Justify so keep him in mind when filling out your tri-fectas.
Blended Citizen won his first race on dirt back on May 12 at the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park, which came in his 10th career start. A true closer, Blended Citizen does his best running in turf and synthetic races but is still an intriguing challenger to Justify thanks to his consistent speed figures and stamina pedigree. He's 20/1 today.
Gronkowski will draw some love from casual bettors that are also football fans, as his namesake is Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots (who is a part-owner of the horse). An infection caused him to miss the May 5 Kentucky Derby but he has won his last four starts in England, all on synthetic surfaces. He'll jump up in class tonight but his grinder-like style could serve him well in the grueling Belmont.
Free Drop Billy
Free Drop Billy has reportedly trained well at Churchill Downs and his stamina pedigree is one of the best in the field. That said, in nine starts he only has two wins and has never lived up to the hype that surrounded him as a two-year-old. He's a 30/1 long shot to win the Belmont.
Another 30/1 long shot, Noble Indy won back-to-back starts at Gulfstream Park to start his career last winter and then finished third in the Risen Star Stakes. He broke through with a win at the Louisiana Derby as he stalked the pace and then re-rallied to beat Lone Sailor. In the Kentucky Derby, Noble Indy couldn't overcome the bad draw of 19 for the post position and finished 17th.
The longest odds in the field belong to Restoring Hope, who is 50/1 as of Saturday morning. The second of Bob Baffert's two Belmont Stakes contenders is talented but ran poorly in his most recent start, finishing 12th on the sloppy track in the Pat Day Mile Stakes.