The 151st running of the Belmont Stakes this weekend will bring the close of the Triple Crown.
The season has truly been one of the strangest in racing history.
It started with a disqualified winner (Maximum Security) at the Kentucky Derby over interference only to be followed by another outlandish occurrence when victor Country House skipped the Preakness Stakes. It led to War of Will taking home the gold in another outlandish race where one horse jumped the post riderless.
The Preakness winner on June 8 will be the only horse in the field to compete in all three Triple Crown races. War of Will is aiming to become the 12th horse to win the Preakness and the Belmont after not obtaining the Kentucky Derby title since the Triple Crown became known in 1930.
Predictions for the race have shifted in the recent weeks. It’s a fairly even field for this year’s Belmont after all the crazy affairs of the season. The jewel of The Triple Crown is only seeing one horse with 15-1 odds and seven horses have odds of 12-1 or better.
But experts as of today are stating Tacitus and War of Will have equally best chances of being the ultimate winner. Only one of them of course will pull ahead in the final stretch to claim victory.
Latest bidding Belmont Stakes odds today reflect the following for the ten horses in competition:
- Tacitus 9-5
- War of Will 2-1
- Master Fencer 8-1
- Intrepid Heart 10-1
- Bourbon War 12-1
- Everfast 12-1
- Sir Winston 12-1
- Spinoff 15-1
- Tax 15-1
- Joevia 30-1
Experts overall are claiming the winner will be Tacitus due to freshness in the stride after a long season.
Saturday’s race will run one and a half miles and has a $1.5 million guaranteed purse. Get ready for one exciting day at the track.
Photo by Jeff Griffith