Best Bets for the 155th Belmont Stakes

A look at the third leg of the Triple Crown, with insights and best bets for the Belmont Stakes.

Top picks for the 155th Belmont Stakes

We don't have a Triple Crown on the line at Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, but an exciting competition is still expected. With the winner of the Kentucky Derby (Mage) not competing, the field is wide open. Leading sportsbook has odds up on the board for Saturday’s race, so let's take a look at three horses offering some value for The Test of the Champion.

Belmont Stakes Best Bets

Odds At +250

Forte has begun to make a name for himself quickly. He was the 2022 Juvenile champ and was among the favorites to win the Kentucky Derby before a foot injury forced him to withdraw from the Run for the Roses. Due to Forte not competing at the Kentucky Derby, he was ineligible to compete at the Preakness, so that cut him out of two Triple Crown races.

Belmont Stakes picksThe most recent race for Forte is the Florida Derby, which took place back in April. He won that race and is now a four-time Grade 1 stakes winner. Now that he's completely recovered from the foot injury, he should be among the top contenders here. Irad Ortiz Jr. should guide the young colt to press the pace here. Trained by Todd Pletcher, this horse is a valid favorite to win the race and if the foot injury is behind him, he just might.

National Treasure
Odds At BetAnySports: +400

National Treasure will probably be at the front of the pack in this race, setting the pace. He is trained by Bob Baffert, who will be looking to get himself an 18th Triple Crown race victory after National Treasure won the Preakness just a few weeks ago. On top of that, Baffert is aiming for a fourth Belmont win. 

National Treasure was able to get a career-best Beyer Speed Figure at the Preakness of 98, so he looks like he’s peaking. He also finished fourth in the Santa Anita Derby right before that competition.

The challenge is that there hasn't been a Preakness Stakes winner going on to win the Belmont since 2018. The Preakness is the shortest of the Triple Crown races, while the Belmont Stakes is the longest. We’ll see if National Treasure has the stamina to seal the deal.

155th Belmont Stakes Odds

 Post  Horse  Jockey  Odds
 1  Tapit Shoes  Jose Ortiz  +2000
 2  Tapit Trice  Luis Saez  +300
 3  Arcangelo   Javier Castellano  +800
 4  National Treasure  John Velazquez  +400
 5  Il Miracolo  Marcos Meneses  +3000
 6  Forte   Irad Ortiz Jr.  +250
 7  Hit Show  Manuel Franco  +1000
 8  Angel of Empire  Flavien Prat  +350
 9  Red Route One  Joel Rosario  +1500

Angel Of Empire
Odds At +350

Angel Of Empire is a three-year-old colt that has been on the rise over the last few months. He just registered up a ridiculous 104 Beyer Speed Figure during the Kentucky Derby, a speed figure that helped him finish third. This horse is a closer as evidenced by his path to cash for show bettors at the Run for the Roses.

Angel Of Empire was 16th in the Kentucky Derby but managed to come all the way back to third. Not only that, but they had a fantastic showing at the Arkansas Derby two races ago by winning it.

It's usually noted that the Belmont is a bit more of an endurance test than a pure speed one, which could set Angel of Empire up nicely, considering what we saw during the Derby. He’ll now have more room to close as this is a longer race. At +350, he might be worth a wager to get the job done.

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