2008 Belmont Stakes betting handicapping at SBG Global

Belmont Stakes betting handicapping is a bit different than any other horse race.

Belmont Stakes betting involves a race longer than any you will ever wager on. Horses have never run a mile and a half and that can make Belmont Stakes odds interesting to consider.

Belmont Stakes betting begins with looking at the distance. If a horse can’t make the distance he has no value in terms of Belmont Stakes odds. To find out if a horse can handle the distance in Belmont Stakes betting you can look at pedigree, the dosage index and past races. Look for horses that have low dosage numbers and look for horses that were finishing their longest races strongly. Also look at horses in Belmont Stakes betting that have the dam and sire that produce distance winners. Look what happened with Belmont Stakes betting winner Rags to Riches in 2007. The horse had a rich history of distance breeding and could easily make the distance.

Belmont Stakes betting handicapping can also be successful if you look at the running style of the horses. It would seem logical that a closer would win in Belmont Stakes odds but that has not always been the case. Usually the Belmont Stakes betting winner is a stalker that is near the lead throughout the race. It also helps if the horse you like in Belmont Stakes odds has run a good prep race. The two major races to look at are the Preakness and the Peter Pan. Usually the Belmont Stakes betting winner will have run in one of those two races. It also seems that a horse that has raced recently is a better choice in Belmont Stakes betting than a horse coming off a layoff.

It also helps if you have a jockey with experience. Rarely does a horse win the Belmont without an experienced jockey at the helm although there are exceptions like Jazil in 2006.

These are just a few things to consider as you look at Belmont Stakes betting this year.