June 5, 2021
153rd Belmont Stakes Betting Results
Essential Quality captured the 153rd Belmont Stakes on Saturday June 5 as the horse held off Hot Rod Charlie by 1 1/4 lengths.
The win for trainer Brad Cox was his first in the Triple Crown races while jockey Luis Saez also earned his first major win with the Belmont victory.
Essential Quality, who opened as the morning-line 2/1 favorite, paid $4.60 to win, $3 to place and $2.60 to show. Preakness winner Rombauer was third and Known Agenda fourth.
Belmont Betting Results (Win-Place-Show)
Essential Quality's win in the 2021 Belmont Stakes wasn't surprising as the horse went off as the 6/5 betting favorite. (AP)
2021 Belmont Stakes Finishing Position
2021 Belmont Stakes Betting Odds
The 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes is set to take place on Saturday June 5, 2021 from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
The draw for the 2021 Belmont Stakes took place on Tuesday June 1 and the projected field is expected to have eight runners.
2021 Belmont Stakes Contenders
New Players: $300 Risk-Free Bet
2021 Belmont Stakes - Quick Thoughts
Prior to the Belmont Stakes draw on June 1, VegasInsider.com Horse Racing expert Anthony Stabile provided his morning-line odds and quick thoughts on projected runners gearing up for the upcoming 153rd Belmont Stakes.
At the time, Stabile was focused on 10 horses for the third and final leg of the Triple Crown.
Two-year-old champ took a pretty good bump at the start of the Kentucky Derby yet still battled on nicely to a fourth-place finish. Trainer has said from the first time he worked him in the morning that he’d win this race with this horse.
Got his first win on dirt in Preakness after getting a nice setup. Trainer believes he’ll go as far as they write the races. Owner has talked about getting him back to turf.
Hot Rod Charlie
Big effort when third in the Derby under a great ride by Prat, who opts to ride him over the Preakness winner. Not sure if this distance is something he wants to do but his last two races put him with the fastest of this crop.
Rock Your World
Lost all chance at start of Derby when his rider lost his left iron and he wasn’t able to show his usual speed. Trainer doesn’t win a lot of races outside of California and I’m not sure how much he got out of his Derby effort.
Finished in mid-pack of the Derby after breaking from the rail. Florida Derby winner’s sire Curlin finished second in the 2007 Belmont and his trainer has three wins and six seconds in the event.
The 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes will take place on June 5 and a crowd of 11,000 fans are expected to attend. (AP)
UAE Derby winner bypassed Derby and Preakness and set his sights on this. Will be making his first start in 10 weeks. He arrived at Belmont on May 2.
Another with some trouble at the start of Derby, he was rushed into that a bit having made just one start this season. My forecasted “buzz/wiseguy” horse for this.
He posted biggest upset in the history of the Wood Memorial then didn’t do much running when finishing in the bottom half of Derby field from post 20. Distance shouldn’t be an issue.
Finished third in the local prep, the Peter Pan, won by stablemate Promise Keeper. Distance shouldn’t be an issue but his running style can be.
France Go de Ina
Made a move approaching the far turn of the Preakness before trudging home seventh. Could have been using that as a prep as he is eligible for a $1 million bonus as a Japan-based horse should he win this.
2021 Belmont Stakes - Big A Odds Forecast
Field and Odds Subject to Change
Who is the Big A?
VegasInsider.com Horse Racing expert Anthony Stabile provides his "Stabile's Seven" rankings throughout the Kentucky Derby prep trail.
Anthony “the Big A” Stabile can be heard regularly on the Horse Racing Radio Network from 3-6:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday and 3-7:00 p.m. ET Thursday and Friday.
Tune in on Sirius 219, XM 201 or streaming live at horseracingradio.net. He also is a contributor on NYRA-TV as the co-host of Talking Horses and a backup racetrack announcer. Follow him on Twitter @TheBigAStabile
In case you don't recall, Stabile boxed up four runners and drilled the 2019 Kentucky Derby for VegasInsider.com users.
Medina Spirt Update
One horse that won't be running in the 153rd Belmont Stakes will be Medina Spirt. The Kentucky Derby winner finished third in the Preakness Stakes but the cloud hanging over trainer Bob Baffert was evident.
Per NYRA, Baffert was suspended from entering horses at New York racetracks, pending an investigation into Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit's failed postrace drug test.
What is the Belmont Stakes?
The Belmont Stakes is the third and final leg of the “Triple Crown.”
The race takes place at Belmont Park from Elmont, New York in the United States and features the top three-year-old horses in the world.
Normally, the race takes place exactly five weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks after the Preakness Stakes.
The 2020 installment was run at 1 1/8 miles instead of the 1 1/2-mile ''test of the champion'' that has been the race's trademark for almost a century, but the 2021 event is back to the normal distance.
2021 Belmont Stakes Betting Resources
The field is limited to 20 horses.
What is the Triple Crown?
Many say horse racing’s Triple Crown is the toughest feat in all of sports. When you think about it, winning three races at three different tracks at three different distances in five weeks seems to be truly impossible.
First stop, Kentucky. Save a few instances where a horse ships in from overseas, no three-year-old has carried 126 pounds or raced past 1 1/8 miles. Now they have to carry that impost and navigate the classic distance of 1 ¼ miles. Throw in the University of Louisville Marching Band playing “My Old Kentucky Home” with easily over 120,000 screaming, mostly drunk, fans singing along, and you have yourself the Kentucky Derby. Physical and mental toughness are an absolute must.
If you manage to win the Roses, it’s off to Baltimore where you get to cut back in distance to 1 3/16 miles and go from a Churchill Downs course that plays fairly even to a sometimes speed-biased Pimlico course that can be tricky at times, to say the least. There certainly isn’t as much fanfare, there are still plenty of drunks though, but with just two weeks and a 500-mile trip in between starts, there is still plenty to deal with.
Should you grab the first two jewels, the “Test of the Champion” awaits. You get three weeks between starts this time and less of a van ride but all 1 ½ miles of Big Sandy awaits. Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens once made me walk around the track at Belmont, stopped me at the quarter pole and said” imagine having done all of that (everything I’ve already mentioned) and still having to do this.” To me, it seemed like the wire was a world away.
It’s astonishing that 13 have already done it, in some shape or form.
Top US Online Horse Betting Sites
Triple Crown Champions
After waiting 25 years for a Triple Crown winner, horse racing fans were spoiled in the 1970s by the time Affirmed became the eleventh horse to do it when he captured the Triple Crown with a heart-stopping victory over Alydar in the 1978 Belmont Stakes. After all, Secretariat did it spectacularly in 1973, the first since Citation back in 1948 and Seattle Slew completed the sweep in style, managing to stay undefeated through the 1977 “Test of the Champion.”
Little did they know, 37 years would come and go without another accomplishing the feat, until American Pharoah was finally the one in 2015 for Hall of Fame Trainer Bob Baffert, who’ll try to do it again with the undefeated Justify on Saturday, June 9.
Just a few years later in 2018, Justify captured the Triple Crown. Baffert became the second trainer to win the Triple Crown twice, joining James ''Sunny Jim'' Fitzsimmons, who guided Gallant Fox in 1930 and Omaha in 1935.
For horse racing bettors wondering -- dating back to 1932, 23 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness before coming to the Big Apple to get their proverbial clocks cleaned, 14 of them since Affirmed alone. One of them, I'll Have Another back in 2012, didn't even make it to the starting gate as he was scratched the day before the event with a nagging tendon injury.
How do I bet on the Belmont Stakes?
Betting on horse races is one of the easiest things to do all across the United States. From the race tracks themselves to off-track betting facilities and online horse betting sites. The actual number of horse race betting sites numbers in the hundreds. However, we did our best to identify the biggest players in the industry. When reviewing these online horse betting sites, we employed a process that evaluated key criteria such as:
One of the biggest advantages for how to bet on horse racing is TVG’s racing channel. In conjunction with the online betting sites, the TV channel offers insight into horse betting odds. The on-air announcers help to clarify actual horse betting terms as races are aired live.
Registering on the online betting site is a very simple process. You can be up and running in a matter of minutes. The only information required is name, address, phone number and birthday. You will also have to enter the last four digits of your social security number.
TVG offers a 100% matched wager bonus up to $300 for new players. Regular customers can earn reward points for every bet placed. These points can be used for wager credits.
The ‘Support Center’ section is an excellent resource for how to bet on horse racing using this site. It has a separate listing for how you can fund your online betting account as well as request withdrawals. There is a listing for understanding horse betting terms. There is also a listing for all of TVG’s promotions and contests. TVG’s biggest pro is a comprehensive listing of horse betting odds for a wide variety of race tracks. If a track in the US or around the world has a live daily race card, you can bet on it at TVG.
Belmont Stakes Betting History
Sir Winston claimed the Belmont Stakes in 2019 at 10/1 odds, ridden by jockey Joel Rosario. Trainer Mark Casse wound up in the winner's circle at the Belmont Stakes for the first time in his career. The colt won by 1 length and finished 2:28:30. Joel Rosario was the winning jockey and Mark Casse was the trainer. It was the second Belmont win for Rosario while it was the first for Casse.
Belmont Stakes Winners (Last 10)
Where Can You Bet the Belmont Stakes Online in the US?
If you are interested in betting the 2020 Belmont Stakes, there is something that you should be aware of. Online horse racing betting is not legal in all states within the United States but our list below will show you the ones that have legalized it.