Betting the Belmont Stakes and Justify

Justify Shoots for History and Triple Crown as Big Favorite at Belmont

Justify drew the No. 1 post position on the rail and should settle well on the front end or stalking along the lead, get an easier trip while saving ground with Belmont’s large, sweeping turns. Justify is the fastest 3-year-old dirt horse in training, and as long as he takes to the added distance fine, we expect his Belmont Stakes performance to be terrific. The Triple Crown will be Justified by the horse known as ‘Big Red’ in the barn, and the jockey known as ‘Big Money’ Mike Smith in the saddle with tremendous trainer Bob Baffert getting his second Triple Crown winner joining 2015 champion American Pharoah.

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You won’t make much money betting on Justify to win or even place, as he’s the prohibitive 4-5 morning line favorite in the Belmont Stakes. But as we saw in the Preakness when Bravazo (15-1) closed fast and furious late to get 2nd just a half length behind Justify, and the longest shot in the field Tenfold (26-1) got up for 3rd, you can still make a solid score on the exacta and trifecta. Those vertical exotic bets paid $13 and $148 on a $1 wager in the Preakness when Justify closed as the heavy 3-5 favorite.

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The vertical payoffs won’t likely be as big if Justify wins the ‘Test of the Champion’, and the Belmont Stakes may not be the best betting race. However,  Belmont Stakes Day is one of the very best racing and wagering days of the year with 10 stakes races including six Grade 1 events that offer many wonderful wagering opportunities. If you like Justify to win, you can isolate him on top in your exacta, trifecta, superfecta wagers, and add him to other pick 3 and pick 4 options to as a single winner.

However you Justify Big Red’s position in this race and potential historic performance,  know that these type of major events and platforms add interest to horse racing. So too does the recent Supreme Court decision on sports betting. The 150th running of the Belmont Stakes is a historic one, and when Justify digs down deep to hold off his 9 rivals and numerous closing types trying to rally late, it will become even more significant.

You can bet on it.


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