|Written by Charlie Brown|
Bet on HorsesWhat would the Belmont Stakes be without betting on horses? Pretty much just a bunch of odd-toed ungulate mammals running around in circles carrying tiny little men on their backs. Even if you’re not one of the 90,000 lucky fans attending Belmont Park in person Saturday, June 11th, 2016, you can still place you horse racing bets at Bet Royal. Did you know that betting favorites have won about 44% percent of the Belmont Stakes? Odds-on favorites are a less productive 12-for-30 and the last five were defeated. The fastest and easiest way to bet on the Belmont Stakes is online.
Due to its distance and status as the race that can make or break a Triple Crown champion, the Belmont Stakes has witnessed some of the greatest moments in American horse racing bets history – such as Secretariat's amazing 31-length victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes which set the world record for a mile and a half at 2:24. With this win, he became the 9th horse to capture the Triple Crown. The Belmont Stakes is the last and most challenging leg of the Triple Crown for both horses, and people betting on horses – the reason that is called The Test of the Champion. Through the years we have seen triumph and agony with surprise finishes. Big Brown went from favorite to crush the field to finishing in last place. In 2009, Summer Bird triumphed over his own kin – but less than kind – Mine That Bird.
Of nearly 30 horses that have been eligible to win the Triple Crown coming into the Belmont Stakes, only 11 have succeeded. As a matter of fact, the last to accomplish this feat – American Pharoah – did so 37 years after the previous Triple Crown Winner, Affirmed. Those odd were pretty hard to beat, but anything can happen when you’re betting on horses. Other milestones at Belmont include When Grey Lag won the race in 1921, marking the first running of the Belmont Stakes in the American counterclockwise fashion. This 53rd running was a mile and three-eighths over the main course; past editions had been run clockwise, per English custom, over a fish-hook course including part of the training track and the main dirt oval.
The Belmont Stakes is a family affair – at least for the horses. Man o' War – 1920 winner – sired three champions: American Flag, Crusader, and War Admiral; 1901 winner Commando sired Peter Pan, the 1907 champion and then Colin, the 1908 winner; 1930 champion Gallant Fox sired both Omaha and Granville; Count Fleet won the 1943 edition, and then sired back-to-back Belmont winners Counterpoint and One Count; and 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew sired a Call To The Derby, just to name a few. So when you’re betting on horses, in a way, you’re also betting on the future.