Belmont Stakes Betting Guide

How to bet on the Belmont in NJ

The Belmont Stakes started in 1867 at Jerome Park Racetrack and moved to Belmont Park in 1905. As the third leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes is traditionally the race where the world’s greatest thoroughbreds cement their legacy.

As a result, Belmont Stakes has become known as the 1 ½-mile “Test of the Champion.” Belmont has seen two Triple Crown winners in the last five years, following a 37-year Triple Crown drought: American Pharoah in 2015 and Justify in 2018.

The 152nd running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes is scheduled for Saturday, June 20. No matter when it runs, you will find all the information you need to bet on the race here, including the Belmont Stakes odds and how to bet online from most states.

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2020 Belmont Stakes odds

Post PositionHorseJockeyCurrent Odds
1Tap It to WinJohn Velazquez6-1
2Sole VolanteLuca Panici9-2
3Max PlayerJoel Rosario15-1
4ModernistJunior Alvarado15-1
5Farmington RoadJavier Castellano15-1
6Fore LeftJose Ortiz30-1
7Jungle RunnerReylu Gutierrez50-1
8Tiz the LawManny Franco6-5
9Dr. PostIrad Ortiz Jr.5-1
10PneumaticRicardo Santana Jr.8-1
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Belmont Stakes picks 2020

There is a 40% chance of rain on Saturday, along with thunderstorms. If it rains, you will have trouble trusting anything. But here are the top three picks for the Belmont:

Top Pick: Tiz the Law 6-5

Has looked the best of the field in his two big races, the Holy Bull and the Florida Derby. He made a significant late charge in capturing the Florida Derby. It was the type of explosiveness a horse with major-race potential shows.

Jockey Manny Franco’s inexperience in big races is a big question mark. But he does have the best horse under him on paper.

The odds are doing the bettors no favors, but you always like to bet the top horse in the race. If the odds are short, try to make some other money with exactas, etc.

Second pick: Tap It To Win 6-1

There’s a lot to be said about this horse’s June 4, route-going victory at the host track. It was a coming-of-age effort for a horse that had been inconsistent in three earlier outings. Tap It To Win wired the field with blazing fractions of 22 3-5 seconds for the first quarter, 45 4-5 seconds for the half-mile and 1:09 2-5 for three-quarters of a mile.

If he duplicates that effort here, he wins.

Disadvantage: the rail. This horse will have to gun and go, clearing the field to establish position. He will probably be challenged by Fore Left, a speed horse out of the six post.

Third pick: Sole Volante 9-2

Big risk, with unfortunately less reward. The horse drifted down from double-digit odds to 9-2 after Fore Left entered the race.

Sole Valente needs a speed duel upfront to have a chance. He got that 10 days ago at Gulfstream Park and ran down the leaders in the stretch. His late stride was impressive and he has an additional eighth of a mile to work with here. The one-turn race layout is similar to his last. Positioning is everything here.

How to bet on the Belmont Stakes in NJ

There are several places where you can place a bet on the 2020 Belmont Stakes, including the privacy of your home in one of 33 states that allow online horse race wagering.

Mobile apps, like TVG (also called 4NJBets), represent the most convenient way to bet on the 2020 Belmont Stakes.

As long as you have access to the internet, you can bet on the race wherever you are in NJ or in any of the states TVG operates in.

TVG provides an iPhone and Android app, in addition to the website. The website and app offer similar functionality. No matter what type of device you are using, betting on the Belmont Stakes with TVG is as simple as:

  • Signing up for an account.
  • Depositing funds using a variety of banking methods.
  • Clicking on the bets that you want to make.

The less-convenient route

Of course, you can always choose the less-convenient route of traveling to a local racetrack or off-track betting (OTB) facility that offers pari-mutuel wagering on simulcast races and betting on the Belmont Stakes at a ticket window.

Types of horse bets

Betting on the 2020 Belmont Stakes, or any other horse race, isn’t as complicated as you may think.

Straight bets

First off, you have your straight bets, including:

  • Win: A bet on a single horse to win the race. Once all the wagers are in, the race pays out at the set odds. At the 2019 Belmont Stakes, Sir Winston started the day at 12-1 and ultimately paid more than 10-1 for the win.
  • Place: A bet on a single horse to finish first or second. At the 2019 Belmont Stakes, the morning-line favorite was Tacitus. Place bets on the horse paid 2-1 when he finished second.
  • Show: A bet on a single horse to finish first, second or third. Joevia was a long-shot at the 2019 Belmont Stakes. As a result, show bets on this horse paid 18-1 when he finished third.
  • Across the Board: Three separate bets, including a bet to win, a bet to place and a bet to show, are on the same horse.

Exotic bets

Next up are exotics; they have complicated names but are simple. These include:

  • Exacta: A bet on two separate horses to finish first and second, in that order. Payouts improve drastically when you can pick the first and second place horses, in the exact finishing order. If you bet $2 on the Sir Winston-Tacitus exacta at the 2019 Belmont Stakes, you’d have walked away with $96. You can also “box” exacta bets, which is essentially making two separate exacta bets flipping the order of finish of the two horses. That means the Sir Winston-Tacitus exacta box from last year would have cost $4 instead and earned you that same $96.
  • Quinella: A bet on two separate horses to finish first and second, in any order. As you can imagine, these bets pay less than exactas.
  • Trifecta: A bet on three separate horses to finish first, second and third, in that order. Payouts improve even more when you can pick the top-three finishers, in exact order. If you bet just $1 on the Sir Winston-Tacitus-Joevia trifecta at the 2019 Belmont Stakes, you’d have won an incredible $1,244. You can also box trifecta bets, which is essentially making a separate trifecta wager but flipping the order of the top-three finishing horses. More horses mean more bets and more money invested. However, you can also cover more possible finishes by adding more horses to the box and spending more money to increase your chances of a win.
  • Superfecta: A bet on four separate horses to finish first, second, third and fourth, in that order. Are you looking for a big payday? You’ll find it here if you can do the almost-impossible task of picking the top-four finishers in exact order. The $1 superfecta at the 2019 Belmont Stakes paid an impressive $10,428. You can also box superfecta bets. As you can tell, boxing starts to get expensive at this point.

Wheeling your bets

You can also “wheel” any of these bets. Essentially, this is fixing the positions of the various horses you think will win, place or show. You can add more horses to later finishing positions and make multiple combinations.

The trick is to narrow down which horses you like at the top and incorporate more possibilities for later finishing positions. It saves you money over box bets while giving you more chances to win.

Historic wins in the Belmont Stakes

Here’s a look at the five greatest Belmont Stakes races:

Affirmed: 110th Belmont Stakes (1978)

Affirmed became just the 11th horse in history to win the Triple Crown when he did it in 1978, a year after Seattle Slew accomplished the feat in 1977. Affirmed beat the favorite Alydar in the Kentucky Derby and held the same horse off to win the Preakness Stakes by a neck.

The pair were neck and neck in the Belmont again and Affirmed won by a nose. It took another 37 years before another horse would win the Triple Crown.

Sarava: 134th Belmont Stakes (2002)

The Bob Baffert-trained War Emblem was a big favorite after playing frontrunner and winning both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. An early stumble ended the horse’s Triple Crown hopes and 70-1 long-shot Sarava won. Savara marked the biggest long-shot in the history of the Belmont Stakes.

Birdstone: 136th Belmont Stakes (2004)

Smarty Jones was the third horse in a row to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, only to lose in the Belmont Stakes. The horse had never been beaten coming in, but after leading with a little over half a mile to go, Smarty could not hold off 36-1 underdog Birdstone.

American Pharoah: 147th Belmont Stakes (2015)

It took 37 years for another horse to win the Triple Crown after Affirmed did it in 1978.

After winning both the KY Derby and the Preakness, American Pharoah won the Belmont and the Triple Crown pulling out to an early lead and going wire-to-wire to win it. American Pharoah won by 5 1/2 lengths and posted the sixth-fastest time in Belmont Stakes history.

Justify: 150th Belmont Stakes (2018)

It didn’t take another 37 years for another horse to win the Triple Crown after American Pharoah did it in 2015.

Justify did it in 2018 to become just the 13th Triple Crown winner in history. The field was made up mostly of horses he’d already beaten in the Kentucky Derby or Preakness, and Justify took the early lead from post position one.

He slowed down in the stretch but never relinquished the lead and finished 1 3⁄4 lengths ahead of Gronkowski to win the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown.

Five of the fastest times at Belmont

The speed record for the Belmont Stakes is held by Secretariat, who ran the race in 2:24 flat in 1973, winning by 31 lengths to capture the Triple Crown.

Here’s a look at the fastest times for the 1.5-mile race:

  • Secretariat: 2:24 (1973)
  • Easy Goer: 2:26 (1989)
  • A.P. Indy: 2:26.13 (1992)
  • Risen Star: 2:26.50 (1988)
  • Point Given: 2:26.56 (2001)

Outside of Secretariat, none of the other four horses on this list won the Triple Crown. The 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (2:26.65) and 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed (2:26.80) ran the seventh and eighth-fastest Belmont Stakes races of all time.

Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown

The Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing is widely known as simply the Triple Crown.

Three-year-old thoroughbred horses compete for the title by trying to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in the same season. All three races are typically run in May and early June, in that order, making the Belmont Stakes the third and final leg of the Triple Crown.

The first Triple Crown winner was Sir Barton in 1919. However, only 13 horses have won it.

The last was Justify in 2018. There was a 37-year drought after Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978. American Pharoah broke that streak, winning it in 2015. A total of 23 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes but fell short of the Triple Crown by not winning the Belmont Stakes.

History of the Belmont Stakes Festival

The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival is a three-day thoroughbred horse racing event filled with races culminating with the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown. It is usually on the first or second Saturday in June at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY.

The festival features more than 30 races, almost $10 million in purses and the prestigious Belmont Stakes.

The Belmont is the oldest of the three Triple Crown races, predating the Preakness by six years and the Kentucky Derby by eight. The first Belmont Stakes was held in 1867 at Jerome Park. It moved to Morris Park from 1890 to 1904 and finally to Belmont Park in 1905. Although, there wasn’t any Belmont in 1911 and 1912, and it was run at Aqueduct from 1963 to 1967.

Secretariat, the Triple Crown winner

Secretariat is widely considered one of the greatest thoroughbred racehorses in history, having won the Triple Crown in 1973 with a record-breaking performance in the Belmont Stakes.

After winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, Secretariat captured the Triple Crown, winning the 1973 Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths in a record time of 2:24. That Belmont record still stands today. The 1973 Belmont Stakes is considered one of the greatest horse races ever.

In winning the 1973 Triple Crown, Secretariat set speed records in all three races. Secretariat was named Horse of the Year at ages 2 and 3. The thoroughbred was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1974. Secretariat died in 1989 at age 19.

Belmont Stakes FAQ

When is the Belmont Stakes?

The 2020 Belmont Stakes is currently scheduled for June 20. However, the New York Racing Association announced the 51-day Belmont Park spring/summer meet would not open on April 24 as planned due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is also considering moving the 2020 Belmont Stakes to a later date in 2020.

Is it legal to bet on the Belmont Stakes?

It’s legal to bet on the Belmont Stakes wherever pari-mutuel betting on horse racing is legal. You can bet at racetracks and off-track betting (OTB) parlors across the country. Plus, you can use the TVG betting app and website in 33 states to bet on the Belmont Stakes.

How much does the winner of the Belmont Stakes get?

The Belmont Stakes is a $1.5 million stakes race. The winner walks away with more than half that. However, the top-eight finishers earn part of the purse according to the following schedule:

  • First: $800,000
  • Second: $280,000
  • Third: $150,000
  • Fourth: $100,000
  • Fifth: $60,000
  • Sixth: $45,000
  • Seventh: $35,000
  • Eighth: $30,000

Would Seabiscuit beat Secretariat?

Seabiscuit was the top-earning thoroughbred racehorse in the US throughout the 1940s.

As noted in the 2003 Academy Award-nominated film of the same name, Seabiscuit famously beat 1937 Triple-Crown winner War Admiral in a two-horse race and was considered a symbol of hope to millions during the Great Depression.

Seabiscuit was a hero, but Secretariat set the speed record at the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes in winning the Triple Crown in 1973. Secretariat is the fastest of the two horses. However, Seabiscuit’s heart cannot be questioned. That means there would be no clear favorite if the two horses faced off, both in their prime.

How many fillies have won the Belmont?

The Belmont Stakes field is generally filled with colts; only 23 fillies have ever run in the race.

Three of these fillies have won, including:

  • Ruthless (1867)
  • Tanya (1905)
  • Rags to Riches (2007)

Three fillies have also won the Kentucky Derby, and five have won the Preakness Stakes.

Who was the fastest horse to win the Belmont Stakes?

Secretariat holds the speed record for the Belmont Stakes, having run the race in 2:24 flat in 1973. The horse also set the speed record at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in winning the Triple Crown that year. So, it’s fair to say that Secretariat is the fastest horse ever to win the Belmont.

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