All eyes on the Triple Crown: 2018 Belmont Stakes
Justify will be a heavy favorite to win the Belmont Stakes: The morning line assigned him 4-5 odds after the draw and with the possibility of a Triple Crown in play, many will buy souvenir tickets to keep as mementos, sending those odds down even further.
What the Belmont does have in common with the Preakness is the puzzle of making a profitable wager when you have a deserving, short-priced favorite. A lot of people will watch the race with the hope only of seeing the sport’s 13th Triple Crown winner. A lot of other people will watch the race with the hope of making money, and we’re looking at them as we offer handicapping advice for the 150th Belmont Stakes.
150th BELMONT STAKES
When: Saturday, 6:46 p.m. post time (Race 11)
Where: Belmont Park
Address: 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003
TV: NBC beginning at 4 p.m. (NBCSN has undercard starting at 2 p.m.)
Wagering Info: 800-YOUWAGER (968-9243)
Distance: 1 1/2 miles.Weights: 126 pounds.
Purse: $1.5 million. First place: $800,000. Second place: $280,000. Third place: $150,000. Fourth place: $100,000. Fifth place: $60,000. Sixth place: $45,000. Seventh place: $35,000. Eighth place: $30,000.
2018 Triple Crown: Kentucky Derby, May 5 (winner: Justify); Preakness Stakes, May 19 (winner: Justify).