Belmont Stakes Betting: American Pharaoh Pointed Towards History At The Belmont Stakes

Since Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978, 13 horses have put themselves in the position to be the next one by winning the first two legs, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Yet, all 13 have come up short. On Saturday, the horse betting world will be watching as American Pharoah will attempt to make history at the Belmont Stakes, which is also known as the Test of Champions. Can he finally end the drought and make it happen?

The Race

The Belmont is called such a name because of its length; at 1 1/2 miles, it is the longest of the Triple Crown races and that is a long distance for a horse to run. This will be the third race for American Pharoah in just over a month as the Kentucky Derby was held on May 2nd, then the Preakness was two weeks later.

The Favorites

That being said, American Pharoah is favored at -150 after his wins at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, and trainer Bob Baffert (who is going for the Triple Crown for the fourth time) says that American Pharoah hasn't run his best race yet. He edged out the field at Churchill Downs, but then pulled away in the Preakness, and now it is a matter of knowing when to push American Pharoah. Frosted and Materiality come in at +600 and +650, respectively, and both are very good horses as Frosted finished fourth at the Derby, with Materiality coming in sixth. Both also took the Preakness off, so they should be well-rested and ready to go, but it still says a lot about American Pharoah that his competition is rested and he is still thought of as a massive favorite on Saturday.

This race is all about American Pharoah and if he has another gear to go, the field is in a world of trouble on Saturday at Belmont Park. It took him a while to come around at the Derby, and then he cruised to the win, then he crushed the field at the Preakness. Jockey Victor Espinoza knows how to work this horse and he'll pace him well to navigate the 1 1/2-mile event and the second half of the race will be very interesting to watch.

The Sleepers

Mubtaahij might be the most intriguing horse in the field at +1400 as he did extremely well on his North American debut, finishing eighth at the Derby. Many horses that come from overseas or South America struggle to adapt to North American competition, and this Irish-bred colt didn't show any signs of nerves in the slightest. Madefromlucky is next at +1600 and then won the G1-Peter Pan Derby last month, so he could make a little noise and finish in the money as well.

The rest of the field consists of Tale Of Verve at +2000, Keen Ice at +2500 and Frammento at +4000, and all three would need a lot to go wrong up front just to finish in the money, although this is a smaller field than most Triple Crown races. Still, they should be just happy to be here.