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Last Updated Jun 11, 2022, 22:33 PM

2022 Belmont Stakes Picks, Predictions, Odds

VegasInsider horse racing expert Anthony Stabile will be providing his entire Belmont card for Saturday June 11, 2022 in our Free Picks and Finish Predictions plus he's got all the betting analysis on all eight runners in the 2022 Belmont Stakes.

Belmont Stakes Resources

  • Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022
  • TV Time: NBC, 6:44 p.m. ET
  • Race: 11
  • Distance-Length: Dirt, 1 1/2 Miles
  • Furlongs: 12
  • Qualification: Three-year-olds Thoroughbreds
  • Track: Belmont Park
  • Location: Elmont, New York
  • OddsBelmont Stakes Odds

Belmont Stakes Picks

IF I'M RIGHT...

  1. (3) Nest (8-1)
  2. (6) Mo Donegal (5-2)
  3. (1) We The People (2-1)

SUGGESTED BETS..

  • EXACTA 3 over 1, 6, 8
  • TRIFECTA BOX 1, 3, 6, 8

(Morning Line Odds)

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1) WE THE PEOPLE (2-1)

Jockey: FLAVIEN PRAT (Belmont Wins: 0)
Trainer: RODOLPHE BRISSET (Belmont Wins: 0)

PROS

Won the local prep for this race in gate to wire fashion for his third win from just four career starts with his lone defeat coming when unable to control the pace. He appears to be the quickest of this field early and worked sharply over the track last weekend so a clean break from this inside post should once again allow him to dictate the tempo of the race. When he’s on his game he has shown that he just keeps on running.

CONS

Like all of today’s Belmont Stakes runners he has yet to try this 12 furlong distance so maybe that unknown is a bit of a chink in his armor and his big effort in the Peter Pan came over a wet/sealed racetrack that could very well have played a big factor in the outcome. Set as the morning line favorite he is certainly going to take plenty of wagering support.

2) SKIPPYLONGSTOCKING (20-1)

Jockey: MANNY FRANCO (Belmont Wins: 1)
Trainer: SAFFIE JOSEPH, JR. (Belmont Wins: 0)

PROS

Wasn’t very far off of a couple of today’s rivals when competing in high quality spots this spring. His off the pace style suggests that he’ll appreciate the stretch out in distance. His speed figures have been on the improve of late and he’s the longest shot on the board so his backers will be rewarded if he’s able to clunk up late and surprise.

CONS

He has yet to run as fast as several of the contenders and he hasn’t won above the preliminary allowance condition. He will need to run the race of his life in his 11th career start to prove any type of factor.

3) NEST (8-1)

Jockey: JOSE ORTIZ (Belmont Wins: 1)
Trainer: TODD PLETCHER (Belmont Wins: 3)

PROS

Filly has been quite good against her own sex this year, running a big second most recently to Secret Oath in the Kentucky Oaks early last month. She boasts a running style that fits the traditional winning profile of this race as she is tactical enough to secure a spot within a few lengths of the leaders early and her pedigree suggests this increased distance will be right up her alley. She broke her maiden impressively first time out over this track. He trainer was the last to saddle a female Belmont Stakes winner in 2007 with Rags to Riches.

CONS

While she’s been very good in doing what she’s been asked against her own sex, she’s still a bit slow on the figure scale compared to some of the runners she’s going to face in here and will need to take a step forward.

4) RICH STRIKE (7-2)

Jockey: SONNY LEON (Belmont Wins: 0)
Trainer: ERIC REED (Belmont Wins: 0)

PROS

Took a huge step forward at a distance he figured to love in Kentucky, earning a speed figure far and away above anything he’d run before. He wants to run all day which suits him well here and the way he’s been working since the big Kentucky Derby upset suggests he may well be able to position himself a lot closer to the front runners today. The extra time off garnered by skipping the Preakness Stakes has him entering the Test of the Champion as a fresh colt, similar to the break he had prior to taking the first jewel of the Triple Crown.

CONS

Horses are rarely effective attempting to rally from well out of it in this race and he did get a torrid early pace in front of him last time which won’t be the case again today. While he’s shown he’s more than capable of taking advantage and picking up the pieces the longer he goes, he’s going to have to earn the repeat under less favorable conditions.

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5) CREATIVE MINISTER (6-1)

Jockey: BRIAN HERNANDEZ, JR. (Belmont Wins: 0)
Trainer: KENNETH MCPEEK (Belmont Wins: 1)

PROS

Enters this on the improved following a solid third place finish in the Preakness stakes behind a couple of runners who do not return today. He’s gotten better as the distances have increased and could well take to today’s added ground. Gray colt is tactical enough to track the likely pacesetter We the People and that could give him the important advantage of getting first run on the latecomers.

CONS

He does return just 3 weeks off the fastest effort of his brief career and maybe that’s enough to keep him from offering his best at the 12 furlong marathon he’ll attempt here.

6) MO DONEGAL (5-2)

Jockey: IRAD ORTIZ, JR. (Belmont Wins: 1)
Trainer: TODD PLETCHER (Belmont Wins: 3)

PROS

He got off to a slow start from the inside draw in the Kentucky Derby and was quickly buried, but he showed a lot of run to pass a bunch of horses and was getting closer as the wire approached. Expect he’ll be able to sit a much better trip in this smaller field and the added ground appears as if it will pose little trouble. Returning to his base should help as well as he did break his maiden over this track last fall. Bypassing the Preakness Stakes, he’s had plenty of time to recover from the 2 fastest races of his career. His late kick may prove to be the one they will all have to fear late.

CONS

Brings an attractive package to the gate but the one thing that could potentially impact him is the lack of pace in front of him.

7) GOLDEN GLIDER (20-1)

Jockey: DYLAN DAVIS (Belmont Wins: 0)
Trainer: MARK CASSE (Belmont Wins: 1)

PROS

He ran a decent second when well behind rival We the People in the Peter Pan here last month. Colt does possess some tactical foot and maybe that helps him sit a decent spot close to the pace early.

CONS

He has yet to run particularly fast and will need to improve significantly to have a say in the outcome at a likely big price here.

8) BARBER ROAD (10-1)

Jockey: JOHN ORTIZ (Belmont Wins: 2)
Trainer: JOEL ROSARIO (Belmont Wins: 0)

PROS

He was far from disgraced while taking the long way around the oval when last sighted in the Kentucky Derby and now he’ll have his blinkers removed. He’s been improving from a speed figure standpoint and though he’s yet to win a stake, he has picked up a handful of minor awards in stakes heats, including one in the Arkansas Derby. He gets a huge rider switch to Joel Rosario and the price will be very right.

CONS

The equipment change doesn’t usually spur an increase in early interest and that’s what this guy will need to show today. He’s another who hasn’t run very fast.

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