New York Betting Preview: Who Are Favorites in Belmont Stakes?

New York Betting Preview: Who Are Favorites in Belmont Stakes?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

There is no possibility of a Triple Crown winner Saturday for the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes.

The Kentucky Derby winner, Rich Strike, will be in the field but his trainers decided to hold their horse out of the Preakness Stakes.

The Preakness winner, Early Voting, is not in the field.

Rich Strike, an incredible long shot that won the Derby, is not the favorite Saturday in New York betting. The horse is 7-2 on the morning line.

The favorite for the race is We The People, which drew the inside post for the 11th of the 13-race card Saturday at Belmont Park (NBC, approx.. 6:44 p.m.).

Mo Donegal is the second choice at 5-2.

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Belmont Stakes Field and Odds

1 We The People2-1
2 Skippylongstocking20-1
3 Nest8-1
4 Rich Strike7-2
5 Creative Minister6-1
6 Mo Donegal5-2
7 Golden Glider20-1
8 Barber Road10-1

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New York bettors got a new tool for betting on the horses back in March when Caesars launched a new horse racing wagering mobile app.

Caesars Racebook is in partnership with NYRA Bets.

Similar to the Caesars Sportsbook New York app, every wager placed on Caesars Racebook (iOS or Android) will earn Caesars Rewards.

The new app will utilize the NYRA Bets platform to provide bettors with pari-mutuel wagering services on top-flight horse racing content from more than 250 racetracks around the world. In addition, it will give bettors race replays, handicapping insights and more.


Closer Look at the Field

Flavien Prat will be the jockey for We The People, a horse trained by Rodolphe Brisset.

We The People was a wire-to-wire winner in the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont on May 14 and has had three victories in four starts.

Prat finished second in last year’s Belmont Stakes with Hot Rod Charlie.

Mo Donegal, with jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., won the Wood Memorial by edging Early Voting, the Preakness winner, at the wire. Mo Donegal is trained by three-time Belmont Stakes winner Todd Pletcher.

The other Pletcher Belmont Stakes winners are Rags to Riches (2007), Palice Malice (2013) and Tapwrit (2017). He also has had six second-place finishes and three third-place finishers from a record 33 starters in the race.

Mo Donegal finished fifth in the Kentucky Derby but figures to be strong in the 1½-mile Belmont, the longest of the Triple Crown races. Mo Donegal drew the sixth post.

Bred to excel at 1½ miles, Mo Donegal enters off a fifth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. Pletcher also has Nest (8-1) — the only filly in the race — with Joze Ortiz, Jr. aboard from post 3.

The surprise Kentucky Derby winner, Rich Strike, will start from post position 4 with jockey Sonny Leon aboard. Rich Strike, like Mo Donegal, also is bred for the 1½-mile distance.

Eric Reed, trainer of Rich Strike, is sure to think the extra rest and his horse’s closing style will help here.

The other horses entered, with post, jockey and current odds, are: No. 2 Skippylongstocking (20-1, Manuel Franco); No. 3 Nest (8-1, Jose Ortiz Jr.); No. 5 Creative Minister (6-1, Brian Hernandez, Jr.); No. 7 Golden Glider (20-1, Dylan Davis); No. 8 Barber Road (10-1, Joel Rosario).

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Lou Monaco has been a columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas and has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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