The 2016 Belmont Stakes is still over a week away, but we’re learning more information by the day when it comes to the horse pool and odds for the third and final leg of the Triple Crown.
There will be no Triple Crown sweep after Nyquist fell short at the Preakness Stakes, nor will there be a Nyquist vs. Exaggerator rematch on Saturday, June 11th, as the previously undefeated champ will sit out due to an illness.
There will, however, be a budding field of quality horses that will be looking to end Exaggerator’s win streak after just one race. Exaggerator still opens up the Belmont Stakes as the early favorite, but shouldn’t be without a few stiff contenders, not to mention a few sleepers we may want to keep an eye on.
Here’s a look at the updated Belmont Stakes odds over at Bovada:
Suddenbreakingnews, Cherry Wine, Destin, Brody’s Cause, Mo Tom, and Creator all held sleeper status at one point during the Triple Crown, and will enter the Belmont Stakes as reasonable contenders here.
Of the top contenders, though, Stradivari and Lani could be the ones to watch. Lani won big three races ago and fared well enough, getting better in successive races at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Stradivari has a good pedigree and is well trained. He really got hurt by post position at the Preakness, but if things break his way this time around, he could be a viable threat to Exaggerator.
Exaggerator leading the pack is no shock, as he’s won two big races lately, fared well at the Kentucky Derby and won the Preakness Stakes. He’s the favorite and he’s probably going to win. Of course, an argument could be made that he’s best in the slop and with a longer track like Belmont Park, he could come in a little tired and fade down the stretch.
Naturally, that has horse racing bettors taking a longer look at some of the new faces entering the competition. Keep in mind that things can change a lot in the next nine days, as injuries or trainer decisions can pull horses out and bring new horses into the mix.
That being said, we haven’t seen much of Governer Malibu, Unified, Adventist, Wild About Deb, Trojan Nation or Its All Relevant and all need to be on watch as potential upset sleepers.
Of the pack, which is to be feared the most, though?
That might be Governor Malibu, and it looks like the odds justify that logic. Governor Malibu has run well and showed serious consistency thoughout his career, coming in second at the Peter Pan race on May 14th and finishing third or better in every race he’s been in. With two wins and three second place runs under his belt, he’s a viable contender and it looks like Vegas agrees.
If there is a better sleeper, its Unified, who showed a solid burst out of the gates at the Peter Pan race, fell behind and then showed remarkable recovery by taking first. Unified has also yet to lose and will obviously come in with some experience at this track, so he could be the truest of sleepers.
Wild About Deb deserves mild consideration after a third place run at the Peter Pan race, but he lacks experience and could shrink in this seemingly bloated field.
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