Belmont Stakes Odds For 2017
Belmont Stakes 2017 Post Positions
With the defection of Classic Empire, the Belmont is sorely lacking in star power, but the remaining twelve horses provide an intriguing parimutuel puzzle to say the least. Bettors with a solid opinion are likely to find agreeable odds on their selections in a race that has a history of producing surprising longshot winners from Sarava in 2002 to Da’Tara in 2008 and Ruler on Ice in 2011.
|#4||J Boys Echo||+1600|
|#6||Lookin at Lee||+501|
|#7||Irish War Cry||+301|
Irish War Cry is destined to be the post time betting favorite in this renewal of the Belmont Stakes despite his disappointing tenth-place effort in the Kentucky Derby.
In that race, the Graham Motion trainee looked loaded around the final turn, but was quickly rebuffed by eventual winner Always Dreaming and folded readily from that point.
Motion originally announced his intent to bypass the remaining Triple Crown Races, but reconsidered that position after some upbeat workouts and energy levels from Irish War Cry. The colt possesses plenty of natural speed and is a son of 2009 Belmont runner-up Curlin.
While Irish War Cry might only be a tepid favorite, the chestnut colt has plenty of credentials and handicapping merits to choose from. He’s one of only two horses in the remaining field to have eclipsed a 100 Beyer Speed Figure – a feat he accomplished twice.
He also defeated eventual Preakness Stakes winner Cloud Computing handily while winning the Grade 2 Wood Memorial April 8. Despite the factors in favor of Irish War Cry, the Belmont is always an interesting race where quirky elements seemingly come into play.
For starters, the track surface known as “Big Sandy” is one not all horses show a liking for and the mile and one half distance can neutralize even the most pronounced speed and form advantages. J Boys Echo, Meantime and Patch are horses to watch at big prices.
Belmont Stakes Picks
- Irish War Cry
This year’s Belmont is so wide open, it’s difficult to imagine placing an exotic bet without trying to spread out and catch a few solid prices. After Irish War Cry, it’s literally anyone’s race, but we tend to lean towards horses who are working well and/or have run well previously at Belmont.
Meantime is an improving colt who has never run at Belmont, but has reportedly caught the eye of the clockers there in recent morning workouts. This colt figures to show plenty of pace from the gate and could make life difficult for Irish War Cry on the front end.
Patch is a runner regally bred for the Belmont Stakes and is still very lightly-raced himself. Patch’s father Union Rags won the Belmont in 2012 and his damsire A.P. Indy won the event in 1992.
Patch is stabled at Belmont and should feel quite comfortable on his home track, but still needs a lot of improvement in order to be considered a major player. Lookin At Lee has proven to be quite long-winded, running second in the Derby and fourth in the Preakness, but is surely feeling the effects of those grueling events and will need a hot pace in order to show his best form.
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