The 154th Belmont Stakes took place Saturday in Elmont, New York, with Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike returning after giving up Preakness.
At 80-1, Rich Strike was the second biggest long-distance winner in Kentucky Derby history. Although he didn’t run in Preakness, he had a Rich Strike effect. Fenwick opened at 50-1 and bettors hoped the long-range lightning would strike again, betting the horse to about 11-1 by then. Fenwick is just crossing the finish line in Pimlico (he came last).
For Belmont Stakes, We the People is the favorite of the morning line 2-1. He last competed on May 14 against Peter Pan Stakes and led the way to a double-digit victory.
Mo Donegal (7-2) finished fifth in the Derby and had some success at Belmont Park, defeating his girlfriend in his second career start.
Nest (8-1) is the first mare to run in the Belmont Stakes since 2013. She finished second in the Kentucky Oaks and has a strong Belmont pedigree. Nest is the daughter of Curlin, an equal money favorite who lost to Belmont Steaks in 2007. Curlin gave birth to Palace Malis, who won the Belmont Steaks in 2013. Nest’s wife has been the winner of Belmont since 1992. AP Indy .
“She has the best breeding for the competition. The big question is whether she’s good enough, “said Jay Privman, national correspondent for the Daily Racing Form.
Despite his impressive derby victory, Rich Strike (7-2) is not the favorite of the morning line, which may surprise some casual fans.
“It would be extremely unusual for a horse, which is the longest shot in the race, to be a favorite in its next race,” said Privman. “It simply did not happen. There’s still a bit of skepticism about whether Derby is a real barometer of what it can do, or just a random performance. “
In the five races before the derby, Rich Strike never finished better than third. He will have to prove that he has what is needed during the “test of champions” of 1½ miles.
“It’s such a rare distance for these horses to run at any point in their careers,” Privman said. “It is unlikely that they will ever run that far again. It’s a guessing game about who will enjoy it or who will find it out of their reach. “
distance: 1½ mile
Publication time: Saturday at 18:44
Purse: $ 1.5 million. $ 800,000 goes to the winner
1 We, people (2/1)
Coach: Rodolphe Brisset
jockey: Flavian Pratt
2. Skippylongstocking (20/1)
Coach: Safi Joseph Jr.
jockey: Manuel Frank.
3. nest (8/1)
Coach: Todd Pletcher
jockey: Joseph Ortiz
4. Rich Strike (7/2)
Coach: Eric Reed
jockey: Sony Leon
5. Creative Minister (6/1)
Coach: Ken McPeak
jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.
6. Mo Donegal (7/2)
Coach: Todd Pletcher
jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
7. Golden glider (20/1)
Coach: Mark Cass
jockey: Dylan Davis
8. Barber Road (10/1)
Coach: John Ortiz
jockey: Joel Rosario
In Pennsylvania, you can bet on horse races on TVG and TwinSpires. New Jersey has only TVG as an online option so far. However, until the next season of Triple Crown comes, it may be different. TVG’s contract, which makes it the only online partial operator in New Jersey, expires in 2023.
If you want to place bets on Belmont Stakes in person, here’s where to go in the area:
casinos: Harrah’s Casino Philadelphia, Hollywood Morgantown Casino, Pennsylvania, Parx Casino, Borgata Race and Sportsbook
Off-pledge betting: South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook, Parx Casino’s Race and Sportsbook at Chickie’s & Pete’s at Malvern
Belmont Stakes ends the Triple Crown season, but there are still many horse races for the rest of the year.
Katie Kohler is the editor-in-chief of Play in Pennsylvania where he writes about sports betting and casinos.