It is called the “Test of the Champion” and it is a true test of endurance. Belmont Stakes odds have been around for a long time and every year is different.
Belmont Stakes wagering takes place from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York each June. The 2009 Belmont Stakes will take place on Saturday, June 6th. There will not be a Triple Crown on the line this year in Belmont Stakes wagering but the race still should be exciting at the sportsbook. It could be a large field of entrants for the 2009 Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 6th and that should make for exciting wagering.
Belmont Stakes wagering has seen different distances over the history of the race. Belmont Stakes odds started in 1867 when the race was a mile and 5/8ths through 1873. In 1874 the distance was reduced to a mile and a half in Belmont Stakes odds. There were a few years when it was run at a mile and a quarter while it was run at a mile and 3/8ths for more than 25 years. The race was set at the current 1.5 miles in 1926.
Belmont Stakes wagering history tells us that the world record was set in 1973 when Secretariat won in Belmont Stakes odds. Belmont Stakes wagering is oftentimes focused on the Triple Crown but no horse has won that race since Affirmed in 1978.
Belmont Stakes wagering is the oldest of the three Triple Crown races as it is six years older than the Preakness and eight years older than the Kentucky Derby as sports betting history shows.
Recently in the Belmont Stakes there have been a lot of major failures as in 2004 it was Smarty Jones losing the race and the Triple Crown while just last year it was Big Brown failing as a big favorite in Belmont Stakes odds at the sportsbook. Underdogs have definitely been profitable in recent Belmont history although overall in the 100+ year history of the race the favorites have more than held their own.
The 2009 race will not have a Triple Crown on the line so the sports betting odds should be competitive. Mine That Bird, the Kentucky Derby winner, will likely be the favorite with as many as 11 other horses set to challenge him.
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