Brave Victory, the third-place finisher in the Peter Pan Stakes and Federico Tesio Stakes winner Miner’s Escape are expected to be on the Belmont Stakes odds board.
Belmont odds at the sportsbook on the Zito horses will be high since none of them is highly regarded but they should not automatically be thrown out. Zito has had a lot of success in Belmont odds recently, winning two of the last five races. He had Birdstone in 2004 as a big sports betting longshot hit the winner’s circle and last year he won with Da’ Tara at Belmont odds of 38-1. He has also finished second in Belmont Stakes odds six times and third three times. “We’ve done well in the Belmont, been consistent, so why not?” he said. “I don’t have Secretariat with these two, but I don’t have to. You never know. Mine That Bird is definitely the horse to beat; no one can say he’s not. Anyway, there will be a lot of birds.”
It is possible that as many as 11 horses will be in the Belmont odds field including Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and possibly Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra. Other horses that are expected to run in Belmont Stakes odds include Peter Pan winner Charitable Man, Chocolate Candy, Dunkirk, Flying Private, Luv Gov, Mr. Hot Stuff, and Summer Bird.
While Mine That Bird and Rachel Alexandra would get a lot of attention in Belmont odds at the sportsbook, Zito’s two horses definitely have a chance. Zito has 11 top three finishes in Belmont odds in his 20 starts. "We've done well in the Belmont,'' Zito said, "We've been consistent with the race.''
Miner's Escape, who will be double-digits in Belmont Stakes odds, has won his last two races for sports betting gamblers. "Because he's by Mineshaft he obviously needed time and he needed to wake up, and that's what he did, he found himself late,'' Zito said. Brave Victory doesn’t have a pedigree that points to distance but Zito thinks the horse can excel. "If you look at the Peter Pan, that's where I got excited,'' Zito said, "[Rajiv] Maragh did a very good job, he let the horse fall back on his own. I couldn't believe he was that far behind, I thought he'd lay pretty close to the pace, but he also had a finishing kick….So he looks to me that he'll go the distance of ground.''
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