Horses, Field, and Odds for the 2021 Belmont Stakes
The Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the US Triple Crown, takes place on Saturday evening at Belmont Park in New York state, with eight runners lining up for the 12-furlong race.
Two horses this century, American Pharoah and Justify, have won the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes, all on dirt.
Fans will have to wait until next year to see if further Triple Crown history can be achieved, as none of the eight runners are on the verge of making history.
Despite this, this year’s $1.5 million contest appears to be quite competitive, and we’ve previewed the 153rd edition, which you can watch live on NBC this weekend, using Betway odds.
The field for the Belmont Stakes and the betting odds
Essential Quality, the 2/1 favorite for the Belmont, lost his unblemished record when he failed to justify his favoritism in the Kentucky Derby behind controversial winner Medina Spirit at Churchill Downs in May. The three-year-old had previously won his first five races, which spanned distances of six to nine furlongs.
Essential Quality, owned by Godolphin and trained by Brad Cox, ran well in the Kentucky Derby, but he did not appear to be a natural stayer, raising doubts about his preparedness for this 12-furlong journey.
Rombauer (9/4) has made a strong start to the season, scoring at Golden Gate Fields in February and then chasing down Essential Quality at Keeneland in April. He has a five-and-three-quarter-length lead over that competition, but the Twirling Candy son was spectacular in his first Grade One victory in the Preakness, when stamina appeared to be his strong suit. After only a two-week rest, he’ll need to build on that performance, but he’s still a fascinating runner.
One of the most intriguing runners in the race is Hot Rod Charlie (4/1). When he finished third in the Kentucky Derby, the three-year-old looked promising, and he now has a month off. It’s possible that having that extra time off the track may be essential, and though his breeding implies that this 12-furlong journey will test him, he can’t be disregarded.
Coming into the Kentucky Derby, Rock Your World (6/1) appeared to be a contender. This is a condensed version of the information.