The seventies brought us more than disco. There were three Triple Crown winners. Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978). Then we had to wait 37 years. Click here for live 2018 Belmont odds.
Now, just three years after American Pharaoh won the Triple Crown, trainer Bob Baffert is back at the Belmont with a shot at going three for three this year. Will Justify become the sport’s 13th horse to capture the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes?
What: 150th Belmont Stakes
Where: Belmont Park | Elmont, N.Y.
When: Saturday, June 9th, 2018
Post Time: 6:37 pm ET
TV Coverage: 4:00 – 7:30 pm ET
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Belmont Stakes Betting Rankings
Post positions in parentheses.
- (1) Justify (+100) – But for an act of god after he drew the rail I was going to bet AGAINST Justify winning the Belmont. Now with a 50% chance of rain in Elmont on race day, Justify is still the horse to beat. The two biggest wins of his career were on sloppy tracks.
But the last horse to win the Belmont after drawing the rail was Empire Maker in 2003 in a field of six. Justify faces 9 opponents off the rail.
- (10) Blended Citizen (+1700) – The winner of the Peter Pan Stakes loves the Belmont track and hasn’t peaked yet this season. Blended Citizen has been a consistent closer over his ten career victories. Team Baffert will have to worry about this horse on Saturday. This horse is a legit contender to win.
- (4) Hofburg (+415) – This horse is the second-favorite to win the Belmont. He is fresh after skipping the Preakness and has the breeding to win the race and upset Justify. His sire – Tapit – has produced three recent winners of the Belmont.
- (3) Bravazo (+700) – He came in second at the Preakness and now will break from the No. 3 post position. He should be the early pace-setter, but won’t have the gas down the final stretch.
- (8) Vino Rosso (+850) – Trainer Todd Pletcher has won three Belmont titles since 2007. Can he win another with Vino Rosso?
This horse has the breeding to be on your betting list for the 2018 Belmont. He is the son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin. Horses sired by Curlin can usually run all day.
Vino Rosso finished a disappointing ninth at the Derby.
- (7) Tenfold (+1050) – The Steve Asmussen trained colt had a big Preakness finishing third – beaten three-quarters of a length. He is also a son of Curlin and his dam Tempress is by Tapit.
- (6) Gronkowski (+3000) – This horse will be overbet by post time because of his namesake and co-owner. That is the only reason Gronkowski isn’t last on this list. The horse has never run on a dirt track, never farther than a mile and never against competition remotely close to this.
- (2) Free Drop Billy (+6000) – He is is a son of 2012 Belmont winner Union Rags but lost by 41 lengths in the Kentucky Derby. Don’t bet on this pony.
- (9) Noble Indy (+2700) – Finished 17th out of 20 in the Derby at long odds. He is partially-owned by WinStar Fam – the same part owners of Justify and Repole Stable – the same owners of Vino Rosso. Both owners would have pulled the pony if he was a threat to either of their money horses.
- (5) Restoring Hope (+4000) – The other Baffert-trained horse is not a threat to finish in the money at the Belmont. His only win came against California-breeds and he was well-beaten by Vino Rosso in the Wood Memorial.