Belmont Stakes odds are live as horse racing betting turns its eye to the final leg of 2021's Triple Crown.
We've seen different winners and a fair bit of controversy thus far, only heightening the uncertainty and buildup for a compelling race as we count down towards the Belmont.
We'll be bringing you the latest updates on betting action for "The Test of the Champion," right up until the 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes, Saturday, June 5, running at 6:47 p.m. ET at Belmont Park.
Belmont Stakes 2021 odds
|Horse||Current odds||Post position|
|Rock Your World||3/1||7|
|Hot Rod Charlie||9/2||4|
|France Go de Ina||23/1||5|
Odds courtesy of NYRA Bets
By Patrick Everson
Latest Belmont Stakes betting action
UPDATE 5:30 P.M. ET SATURDAY: Less than 90 minutes until post time, Essential Quality remains the favorite, though he's back to the 2/1 morning-line price that he started at following Tuesday's post-position draw. TwinSpires director of marketing Ed DeRosa said the favorite continues to draw well in parimutuel betting.
"Essential Quality is steady at 2/1, so I think that's where he's gonna land at post time," DeRosa said. "I think at these prices, 2/1 is the right price."
DeRosa also stuck to his Friday comment that he believes this is very much a one-horse race. On Friday afternoon, DeRosa said: "If Essential Quality is 2/1, I'm gonna make the biggest win bet of my life on him."
Hot Rod Charlie moved into the 7/2 second choice today, while Rock Your World slipped from his 3/1 price Friday to 4/1 this afternoon. Known Agenda follows at 9/2, then Rombauer at 7/1.
"I'm a little surprised by that. Rombauer is not getting a lot of respect there," DeRosa said of a horse who was the 3/1 second choice after Tuesday's draw. "I didn't think he'd be the second choice today, but I thought he'd be grouped in that next tier."
DeRosa said bettors aren't hitting any particular medium or longer shots, though no prices are very long.
"The longest price on the board is 18/1," he said, alluding to the odds for France Go de Ina. "Bourbonic is 9/1, which surprises me. I definitely thought he'd be a 15/1 or 20/1 shot."
Previous Belmont Stakes action
UPDATE NOON ET FRIDAY: When the post-position draw was held Tuesday, Essential Quality was installed as the 2/1 favorite on the Belmont Stakes odds board, breaking from the second gate. Essential Quality, who went off as the Kentucky Derby favorite and finished fourth, is well rested after skipping the Preakness, and he's clearly the class of this eight-horse field. "Essential Quality is now 8/5 (+160). He's seeing some money, which makes sense," TwinSpires director of marketing Ed DeRosa said of parimutuel betting on Friday afternoon. "I'm extremely bullish on him, and at 8/5, I'd be comfortable betting him." Rombauer was the 3/1 second choice after Tuesday's Belmont draw, but the Preakness winner has since slid back to 10/1, and Rock Your World shortened from 9/2 to the 3/1 second choice Friday. "Rombauer is not attracting any money," DeRosa said, before addressing whether any mid-to-long shot has a chance when post time arrives at 6:50 p.m. ET Saturday. "To be honest, no. If Essential Quality is 2/1, I'm gonna make the biggest win bet of my life on him. I think he lays over this field. If he ends up going off at 3/2 or 8/5, I'll still bet him and lay back a little. Let's put it this way: if any other horse wins, I will lose. Period."
Favorite to win the 2021 Belmont Stakes
As the Medina Spirit fallout from the Kentucky Derby winner's failed substance test continues to develop, the horse has been banned from the Belmont.
This leaves pre-Derby favorite Essential Quality, who drew the No. 2 post position, as the favorite with 8/5 odds in parimutuel betting a day out from the race. Rock Your World, the 9/2 fourth choice after Tuesday's post draw, is now up to the 3/1 second choice, followed by Hot Rod Charlie (9/2) and Known Agenda (5/1).
Rombauer, the 3/1 second choice after the post draw, slipped back to the 10/1 fifth choice in parimutuel betting Fiday.
Odds of past Belmont Stakes winners
Here are the winners of the Belmont Stakes since 2000, including their post positions and final odds.
|Year||Belmont Stakes Winner||Post Position||Final Odds|
|2020||Tiz the Law||8||6/5|
|2011||Ruler On Ice||7||24/1|
|2007||Rags To Riches||7||4/1|
How to bet on the Belmont Stakes
Horse racing bets usually fall under two categories: straight and exotic. A straight winner is focused on the performance of a single horse. While exotic bets require picking how multiple horses finish the race.
The most common way to wager horse racing odds is to pick a straight winner. Which is exactly what it sounds like, you pick the winner of the race. Other straight betting options are to bet a horse to place (to finish first or second) and to show (to finish first, second or third).
How to read Belmont Stakes odds
Horse racing odds are often displayed as fractions, which makes for simple math: divide one number by another and then take that sum and multiply it by your bet amount. For example, the favorite of a given race could be 3/1. The means a one dollar wager would return three dollars.
In some instances, a heavily favored horse could have odds of 5/4. Which means you would need to wager five dollars to win four.
It is also common to see Belmont Stakes odds displayed in decimal style, especially when the fractions get more complicated as you get closer to the race. In that case you simply multiply your bet by the number given. If you don’t like how odds are displayed at your sportsbook use our odds converter tool to switch to American, fractional or decimal style odds.
Where can I bet on the Belmont Stakes?
This all depends on where you live. If you’re in the USA, betting on the Belmont Stakes online isn’t as simple as simply launching your favorite sportsbook app. Instead, you’ll have to use a specialist-pooled horse racing betting site such as TwinSpires.
Those in Canada or the UK have it much easier as most sports betting sites offer horse racing markets. Take a look at the top horse racing betting sites available in your area.