Belmont Stakes Longshots
Good horses at good prices. That should be your mantra when facing most Grade 1 stakes races, because of the top-notch competition. This year's Belmont Stakes odds offer some good ones. No. 11 Exaggerator is the 9-5 morning line favorite, and I like 2 Destin (6-1) to beat him. But there are others who could come up in an exotic or even win. Here they are:
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12 BRODY'S CAUSE (20-1) has kind of been forgotten in the Triple Crown season because of his lackluster showing in the Kentucky Derby. But he's won two Grade 1 races, including a win over Exaggerator last year. Trainer Dale Romans gets respect for having his runners fit and ready. I don't think he'll win here, but he's the type of closer who could complete a trifecta or superfecta.
1 GOVERNOR MALIBU (12-1) is a nice looking horse who proved he can run well at Belmont when he placed in the G2 Peter Pan Stakes. He would have won that one but was penalized for interference. He has been in the money in all six of his races, and his midpack running style could put him over the top here.
13 CREATOR (10-1) is another closer whose outside post should have him toward the back of the pack early. He had a tough trip in the Kentucky Derby and didn't make the board. But he won the G1 Arkansas Derby before that, beating Suddenbreakingnews. He's also a Steve Asmussen trainee, and that's worth something.
10 LANI (20-1) seems to have settled down since shipping to the states off of a win in the G2 UAE Derby. He ran ninth in the Kentucky Derby and was fifth in the Preakness. His stalking style, the slight improvement he's shown and the fact that he has won at 1 3/16 miles, give him a chance. But this is his third leg of the Triple Crown, and I'm not sure he's up to it.
Belmont Stakes Odds
We can't ignore Exaggerator, and I like Destin. I also like the three-way exacta box, so I'm folding Creator into that and hoping for a price. Two others I think could make a superfecta are Brody's Cause and Governor Malibu. So in your Belmont Stakes odds considerations, take the numbers 1-2-11-12-13 and mix them however you like. The race, which is scheduled for 6:37 p.m., is part of a great Belmont card on Saturday, so have plenty of ammunition ready for a big betting day.
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