It is also possible that Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra could be on the Belmont Stakes odds board although that is still unclear. Let’s look at the potential starters for this year’s race.
Belmont odds should be competitive in what might be a large field. It is possible as many as 11 horses will be included in Belmont Stakes odds. History has shown that rarely are there double-digit fields in the Belmont but 2009 looks like an exception to that rule. The Belmont is limited to 15 horses although almost never do that many actually try the mile and a half distance. Also expected to be included in Belmont odds are Kentucky Derby 5th place finisher Chocolate Candy. Derby 11th place finisher Dunkirk is also expected to make his return in Belmont Stakes odds. Mr. Hot Stuff and Flying Private are also expected to challenge Belmont odds.
Peter Pan winner Charitable Man is on the Belmont odds board as is Brave Victory, Luv Gov, Miner’s Escape and Summer Bird. The Belmont odds on Charitable Man could drop as online betting gamblers give that horse some attention. "I have nothing but respect for Rachel Alexandra, if she comes, and Mine That Bird, but Charitable Man is doing great," trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. "He's bred to go a mile-and-a-half, he's 2-for-2 on the track, and he's a fresh horse." Charitable Man is the son of 1999 Belmont odds winner Lemon Drop Kid.
Mine That Bird will definitely get attention in Belmont Stakes odds after winning the Derby and finishing a fast closing second to Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness. "When we came here, we had planned on going on to the Belmont after the Derby." Mine That Bird trainer Chip Woolley said.
Trainer Nick Zito has had a lot of success in the Belmont including last year with Da’ Tara and he will try and pull off another upset with either Brave Victory or Miner's Escape. Da’ Tara shocked the online betting world a year ago when he won at longshot odds as the favored Big Brown was pulled up, finishing last.
D. Wayne Lukas is also back in the Belmont. The trainer has Flying Private and Luv Gov who will try and pull off online sports betting upsets in the Belmont Stakes.
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