The Belmont Stakes is the final jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown and presents a huge challenge to the top three-year-old contenders, posing a distance of one and a half miles (12 furlongs).
That increase in the distance also presents a tough test for those betting on the 2021 Belmont Stakes, as horses that had success in the shorter Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes can struggle in the longer “Test of Champions.”
If you’re wagering on the Belmont Stakes, here are some simple tips and tactics to help you make smart bets.
Time and place
- Date: Saturday, June 5, 2021
- Post time: 6:47 p.m. ET
- Place: Belmont Park in Elmont, New York
The odds to win the 2021 Belmont Stakes were released shortly after the conclusion of the Preakness Stakes, listing the top contending three-year-old horses available to race. While the field for the June 5 event will be officially announced on Tuesday, June 1, the current odds have Essential Quality and Rombauer as 3/1 co-favorites.
Picks and predictions
Covers' lead horse racing analyst, Monique Vág, gives her best bets, including her favorite early pick to win, in her Belmont Stakes picks and predictions article.
A field of eight horses will run in the 2021 Belmont Stakes on June 5. Last year’s Belmont, which was moved up to the first Triple Crown event of the year due to the pandemic, featured just a 10-horse field. The biggest Belmont Stakes field was 15 horses in 1983.
To qualify for the Belmont Stakes, a thoroughbred horse must be three years old and make the weight requirements (126-pound Colt/121-pound Filly). Horses that place Top 3 in either the Kentucky Derby or Preakness Stakes get automatic entry into the Belmont Stakes and all potential contenders must pay more than $100,000 in entry fees before getting a spot in the race.
Post positions for the 2021 Belmont Stakes will be drawn on Tuesday, June 1 at 11 a.m. ET at the Belmont Café at Belmont Park, New York.
Once the race at Belmont Park is done, the most important information to bettors is the results: Which horses finished in the top three, and how much did those wagers pay out. Our Belmont Stakes results guide will be updated immediately following the race and contains tons of historical information.
Horse racing fans can watch the 2021 Belmont Stakes on NBC, with coverage beginning at 4 p.m. ET.
How to bet on horse racing
Big races like the Belmont Stakes have a massive mainstream appeal and many bettors new to horse racing tune in. If you’re looking to learn the betting basics or need a refresher on some simple tips, check out our horse racing for beginners guide.
Belmont Stakes history
This year’s event will be the 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes, making it the oldest of the three Triple Crown races. That means plenty of history is behind “The Test of Champions”. See a full list of every Belmont Stakes winner ever, fastest times and more on our Belmont Stakes results page.
The Belmont Stakes is the longest of the Triple Crown races at 1 ½ miles (12 furlongs) since 1926 when it was increased from a mile and three furlongs. The 2020 Belmont Stakes was raced at 1 1/8 miles after the Triple Crown order was shuffled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making the Belmont the first race instead of the third.
Triple Crown road
The Belmont Stakes is the final challenge for any horse contending for the Triple Crown after winning both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. However, there is no Triple Crown hopeful heading into the 2021 Belmont.
There have been 13 Triple Crown champions come through Belmont Park while 18 horses have won both the Preakness and the Belmont and 11 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes.
The record for the fastest 1 ½-mile time in the Belmont Stakes belongs to famed Triple Crown winner Secretariat, who ran the 12 furlongs in 2:24 back in 1973.
Belmont Park in Elmont, New York is one of the most famed and historic racetracks in the world, opening on May 4, 1905. The primary 1 ½-mile dirt track is nicknamed “The Big Sandy” and the park can hold approximately 90,000 spectators with seating for 32,941.
Where can I bet on the Belmont Stakes?
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Belmont Stakes FAQs
When is the Belmont Stakes?
The Belmont Stakes is being held on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 6:47 p.m. ET.
Where is the Belmont Stakes?
The Belmont Stakes is held at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
What channel is the Belmont Stakes on?
The 2021 Belmont Stakes will air on NBC, on June 5, with coverage starting at 4 p.m. ET.
How do I bet on the Belmont Stakes?
Legal horse racing betting sites offer Belmont Stake odds. Here are some of the best horse racing betting sites