Handicapping 2009 Belmont Stakes Odds at SBG Global

2009 Belmont Stakes odds should be interesting to handicap with a number of horses we have already seen in either the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness in addition to some newcomers.

Let’s take a look at what to expect in Belmont odds at the online sportsbook.

2009 Belmont Stakes odds could have as many as ten horses in the field although it is more likely that eight or nine will run. The favorite in 2009 Belmont Stakes odds at the sports book is definitely the place to start. Whichever horse is the favorite in Belmont odds has done very well. In horse racing the favorite wins about a third of the time but in the Belmont that percentage goes up to about 43%. Big favorites in Belmont odds don’t do that well though as was proven in 2008 when Big Brown was pounded as the favorite and he finished last after being pulled up. Normal favorites (not odds-on) have had a lot of success though in the Belmont.

The first place to start with your handicapping of 2009 Belmont Stakes odds at the sports book is with the distance. Can the horse you are looking at handle a mile and a half? Most horses can’t so you start by looking at stamina when handicapping 2009 Belmont Stakes odds. Some of the other factors like the post position, the jockey, the trainer, and even past performances are not as important as pedigree. Make sure the horse you like in 2009 Belmont Stakes odds at the online sportsbook can make the distance.

There are a couple of myths to dispel as you handicap 2009 Belmont Stakes odds as well. It would seem that fresh horses, those that didn’t run in the Derby or the Preakness would do well but that is not the case. Most of the winners of this race come from horses that were in the Derby. Also, it would seem, with a mile and a half distance that closers would do well. That is also not true. Horses just don’t come from the clouds and win versus the Belmont odds. You do want a horse with stamina but you don’t want him to be that far off the lead. You can look at the dosage index to help you gauge stamina as lower numbers are better. It is also nice if a horse has a previous Belmont winner in his pedigree.

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