The final leg of the Triple Crown is just around the corner. The 2017 Belmont Stakes is scheduled for Saturday, June 10. For more information on the race and how to bet on the event, check out our Belmont betting guide.
Known as the “The Test of Champions” for its grueling distance of 1.5 miles, is often the most difficult of the three legs to predict. For the casual fan, the excitement of this race comes down to whether or not there is a threat to win the Triple Crown. For handicappers and those that like to bet on horse racing, it’s an opportunity to make money.
The official field for the Belmont won’t be known until next Wednesday’s deadline. However, there are 14 horses with odds to win the race. I’ve also taken some time to take a quick look at the top contenders in the field.
Who Will Win the Belmont Stakes According to Experts
The favorite to win according to the experts in Vegas is Classic Empire. He’s one of two horses in the field that have raced at both the Derby and Preakness. The other being Lookin at Lucky.
Several Derby horses that skipped running at Pimlico will be back in action. Those horses are Tapwrit, Irish War Cry, Irap, Patch and J Boys Echo.
Senior Investment Conquest Mo Money and Multiplier are three potential candidates who could be in action after skipping Churchills Down and racing at the Preakness.
The newcomers in the mix are Epicharis, Twisted Tom, Gormley and Meantime.
For those of you looking for some advice on who to wager on, I’ve provided my win/place/show predictions below. You can check how I did and see if you were a winner with our Belmont payouts page.
Expert Handicapper Picks on Belmont Stakes: Win/Place/Show Predictions
Win: Tapwrit (13/2)
Picking the favorite to win the Derby and Preakness isn’t a bad move, as they often win the race. That’s not the case in the third and final leg. In fact, the odds on favorite has won this event just 7 times in the last 38 years. Another big key to winning this race is rest. There have only been 5 horses who have run at Pimlico and won here in the last 17 years. I’m not a big fan of horses like Epicharis coming overseas, so he’s not really on my radar. My pick to win is Tapwrit, who finished 6th in the Derby and that was with getting bumped in the early goings by Irish War Cry. Tapwrit’s sire is Tapit, who has a history of producing strong horses for this long race.
Place: Classic Empire (2/1)
It says a lot about what Classic Empire’s connections think of him to race him again after not winning either of the first two legs. Some believe that this horse could have won the Derby and Preakness. He was part of that skirmish at the start of the Derby and still managed to finish 4th. He was leading down the stretch at Pimlico before losing by a head to Cloud Computing. A defeat they blame on the horse’s blinkers and him not seeing the late charging Cloud Computing. So much that they are considering having him not wear the blinkers in the Belmont. I’m going to side with owner John Oxley and trainer Mark Casse and take this horse to run well. Unfortunately I believe the lack of rest will leave him just a bit short here.
Show: Twisted Tom (12/1)
Here’s a horse that I think is flying a bit under the radar. Twisted Tom has won each of his first two starts of 2017, the most recent being the 1 1/8 mile Federico Tesio. He’s continued to get better with each race and will be one of the freshest horses in the field. Not to mention this event is right in Twisted Tom’s backyard, as he was bred in New York (Cobra Farm). He knows this track and has run well on it. I got him finishing 3rd, but would not be surprised if he won this event.
*This is the order I’m predicting for the race. However, I will be placing a trifecta box on these three horses. I’ll also be placing a superfecta wagers with Irish War Cry to finish 4th.