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2011 Belmont Stakes Props: Bodog Betting Odds

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This Saturday, June 11 is the 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes, the third and final Triple Crown race. While there is still plenty of time to get a bet in on which horse you think will win the race, there are also a number of ‘prop’ bets that might peak your interest.


Wire to Wire Prop

Yes: +400
No: -800

Given the fact that this is the longest of the Triple Crown races at 1 ½ miles, it is highly unlikely that any horse in this field can lead the race from wire-to-wire.

Shackleford who is known for fast starts and setting the pace would be the likely favorite to lead the entire way, but jockey Jesus Castanon did not employ that strategy in his Preakness-winning run and will most likely hold him back again to preserve some energy for the stretch run.

Winning Margin of Victory

1 length to 2 ¾’s length +200
3 lengths to 5 ¾’s length +250
½ length to ¾ length +400
6 lengths to 7 ¾ lengths +600

These are the current odds for the top four favorite results as the rest vary from a dead heat at +5000 to 15 lengths or more at +1500.

The added distance of this race favors a larger margin of victory than the first two Triple Crown races so lean towards 3-5 ¾ quarter lengths as your value play. [ad-1605881]

Will the Winning Horse have run in the Kentucky Derby?

Yes: -350
No: +200

The current favorite to win the Belmont Stakes at +300 to win is Animal Kingdom, who won the Kentucky Derby. The second choices at +400 are Nehro, who was second in the Derby and Shackleford, who was fourth.

The next two favorites at +1000 are Mucho Macho Man, who ended up third in the Derby and Master of Hounds, who finished fifth so the chances one of these five horses winning this race looks pretty good.

Winning Time in this Year’s Belmont

Under 2:28.75 -115
Over 2.28.75 -115

The winning time over the past 10 years has ranged from a low of 2:26.80 by Point Given in 2001 to 2:29.71 Sarava in 2002. The 2:28.75 line is basically a track average so either way would be a safe bet.

A long-range forecast calls for isolated thunderstorms so the fact that a wet track remains a possibility would slightly skew this pick to ‘over’.

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  1. I’ve got my eye on 3 lengths to 5 ¾’s length +250 as a nice return. Just sayin…