The leading contender in Belmont Stakes odds is Triple Crown hopeful, Big Brown. He is expected to be a prohibitive Belmont Stakes betting favorite.
Belmont Stakes betting contenders for the 2008 race are actually few and far between. Most people don’t believe any horse can beat Big Brown in 2008 Belmont Stakes betting but these people said the same thing in 2004 when Smarty Jones lost. 36-1 Belmont Stakes odds longshot Birdstone ruined the party and won in Belmont Stakes betting. Could that happen in 2008? Let’s look at horse that could upset Big Brown in Belmont Stakes betting.
The likely second choice in Belmont Stakes odds will be the Japanese horse Casino Drive. He won the Peter Pan impressively but is very lightly raced. His jockey in that race was Kent Desormeaux who rides Big Brown. Casino Drive will get a lot of support in the upset bid in Belmont Stakes betting but has he really done anything to deserve it? He hasn’t beaten anything and although his breeding suggests he will make the distance, can he compete with Big Brown in Belmont Stakes betting? It is possible but his Belmont Stakes odds of 5-1 or so are way too low for a horse that has very little experience.
Preakness runner-up Macho Again will get some support as well but he was dominated by Big Brown in the Preakness and really has no chance. A horse that continues to improve and could be a threat in Belmont Stakes betting if Big Brown somehow falters is Kentucky Derby third place finisher Denis of Cork. The horse is bred to make the distance and was actually closing in the Derby. He didn’t run the Preakness and if Big Brown somehow doesn’t run a great race he could be in the Belmont Stakes betting picture. No other horse looks like any kind of threat to Big Brown in Belmont Stakes betting.