Here are the updated odds for the 2013 Belmont Stakes following Wednesday’s post position draw.
The first two races of the Triple Crown—the Kentucky Derby and Preakness—played a big part in not only determining the competitive field at the Belmont but the odds they’re assigned. The length of the race—a brutal mile and a half—makes it an even more difficult tactical decision as to which horses in a stable are best suited for the distance. Several horses have been entered even though they skipped both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
Not surprisingly, horses that raced in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness—including race favorite Orb are among the favorites. Horse handicappers and oddsmakers look at these races not only to see how the Belmont entries finished but just as importantly handled the distance. If they struggled with the distance in the Kentucky Derby (1 ¼ mile) or the Preakness (9.5 furlongs or 1 3/16 mile) it’s unlikely that they’ll be a factor in the Belmont at a distance of 1 ½ mile. In fact, most owners wouldn’t consider entering one of their horses in the race unless they’re fairly confident he can handle the distance—not only is it not in the best interest of the horse there are plenty of shorter races with big purses that offer a much better ‘return on investment’.
Here are the current betting odds for the Belmont Stakes:
Frac Daddy 30-1
Freedom Child 8-1
Giant Finish 30-1
Midnight Taboo 30-1
Will Take Charge 20-1
Palace Malice 15-1
Unlimited Budget 8-1
Golden Soul 10-1