The Belmont Stakes, the third leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, will be run on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. With just a little over a week to go for the race here is a list of the odds for likely Belmont Stakes horses in 2015.
Until race time, nobody will know for sure what the true odds will be for the Belmont Stakes runners but the current odds listed here will give fans a basic idea of which horses are favored and which will be longshots in the race. The Belmont is always a lot more fun when we have a horse going for the Triple Crown like we do in 2015 with American Pharoah.
Odds for likely Belmont Stakes horses in 2015
1. American Pharoah – 10/11 odds
American Pharoah, the winner of the both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2015, is the heavy favorite to go on and win the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown in 2015 at odds of 10 to 11 to 1. There are many reasons to like American Pharoah in the Belmont and one of the main reasons is because he is a very versatile horse.
American Pharoah likes to race near the front of the pack in races but he does not need the lead to win. He came from off the pace to win the Kentucky Derby and then won the Preakness while on the lead. That’s a very versatile horse.
The one negative for American Pharoah is that his trainer, Bob Baffert, has brought three other horses into the Belmont with a chance to win the Triple Crown and he failed each time.
2. Frosted – 9/2
Frosted is the second choice in the betting with odds of 9/2. After rallying past 10 horses in the Kentucky Derby to get fourth place beaten by American Pharoah by 3 1/4 lengths, Frosted took off from the Preakness to prepare for the Belmont.
The main problem with Frosted is that there does not look like there is a ton of speed in the Belmont so his closing style may be compromised in the race.
3. Materiality – 8 to 1
After winning the first three races of his career by being on or near the lead, Materiality hesitated at the start of the Kentucky Derby and never got near the lead. He still managed to run a bit at the end finishing in 6th place. He skipped the Preakness to get ready for the Belmont and he’s a serious candidate in the race because he has speed and the race looks light on speed on paper.
T-4. Carpe Diem – 16 to 1
Materiality’s stablemate Carpe Diem also usually likes to race near the lead and he was not too far back in the early stages of the Kentucky Derby but he flattened out well before the stretch in the race and finished a well beaten 10th. Carpe Diem also skipped the Preakness to get ready for the Belmont and if the extra rest did him any good he could be a threat.
T-4. Mubtaahij – 16 to 1
Like practically all of the UAE Derby winners, Mubtaahij did not run well in the Kentucky Derby finishing in eighth place beaten by almost 10 lengths. He showed no speed in the Derby and will likely have to show some speed to be any kind of threat in the Belmont.
T-6. Divining Rod – 20 to 1
Not sure he’s going in the Belmont but if he does he lost to American Pharoah by eight full lengths in the Preakness and if Pharoah stays on form I don’t see him making up that distance in the Belmont.
T-6. Madefromlucky – 20 to 1
Yet another Todd Pletcher horse in the Belmont. After losing to American Pharoah by 6 1/4 and nine lengths respectively in the Rebel and Arkansas Derby, Madeforlucky ran in the Peter Pan at Belmont on May 9th and won the race in pretty good time.
If Madeforlucky runs back to what he did in the Peter Pan, which was clearly an improved race for him, he’s a threat to win the Belmont in 2015.
T-8. Keen Ice – 25 to 1
Took off from the Preakness after passing 10 horses in the Kentucky Derby to run 7th beaten by 8 3/4 lengths by American Pharoah. Keen Ice was a big longshot in the Kentucky Derby and the stone cold closer has only won his maiden race in eight career starts. He would need a complete pace collapse in the Belmont to win and that’s not likely this year.
T-8. Tale of Verve – 25 to 1
Ran a very good second in the Preakness at big odds but still lost the to American Pharoah by seven full lengths. The pace of the race does not look favorable to this closer on paper in the 2015 Belmont.
T-10. Conquest Curlinate – 30 to 1
Yet another closer in the 2015 Belmont. Conquest Curlinate has run second in his last two races in the Illinois Derby and Peter Pan respectively. He clearly ran faster in the Peter Pan than the Illinois Derby and the Belmont will be his third start off a layoff. If he improves some more in the Belmont he’s a live longshot in the race.
11. Frammento – 35 to 1
Frammento is trained by Nick Zito who has won the Belmont twice with big longshots in Birdstone in 2004 at 36 to 1 odds and Da’Tara in 2008 at 38 to 1 odds. I respect Nick Zito and won a good amount when I bet Da’Tara to win the Belmont in 2008 but Frammento is really up against it in the 2015 Belmont. He’s a stone cold closer in a race lacking a lot of early speed.