Most racebooks will not be offering futures odds for 2013 Belmont Stakes betting until the field is set and Belmont Park linesmaker sets the ‘morning line’ for the event on the Wednesday before the race. This will take place on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 with the race taking place on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Check the odds below for Belmont Stakes betting.
Obviously, the first two races of the Triple Crown—the Kentucky Derby and Preakness—will play 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 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. Currently there are several horses that are being considered for a run in the Belmont even though they skipped both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
While the actual odds for the Belmont Stakes won’t be available until early June based on historical precedent you can expect horses that fared well in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness to be 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’. The flipside to the distance equation—the pace in the Belmont is significantly slower which makes it something of a ‘jockey’s race’.
In addition to the betting on the Belmont Stakes itself there are a pair of multirace exotics that will be the focal point of attention. Belmont Park is promoting a $1 Million Guaranteed All Graded Stakes Pick 6 and a $1 Million Guaranteed All Graded Stakes Pick 4. These guaranteed prizes combined with what will be a huge wagering pool will make both of these races highly lucrative for the successful horse bettor.