Which horses in Saturday’s field are the most likely to like the long distance? Let’s take a look at the pedigrees to see who the likely contenders are in Belmont Stakes betting.
Belmont Stakes odds favor Ice Box but does he have the best pedigree for the race? Ice Box is by Pulpit and his offspring have not been distance specialists. The family side does help Ice Box though as His second dam is Crown of Sheba who is by Alysheba. Ice Box’s broodmare sire is Tabasco Cat who won the Belmont. The pedigree is not perfect but it sure does look like Ice Box will handle the distance.
The second choice in Belmont Stakes odds could be First Dude and he has a pedigree that screams distance. He has a big stride and his pedigree really is strong. He is by the sire Stephen Got Even who is by A.P. Indy who is by Seattle Slew. On the dam side he has his broodmare sire being Smart Strike who is the sire of Curlin.
Fly Down is the other main contender in Belmont Stakes odds. He is the son of Time For a Change. Fly Down’s sire is Mineshaft by A.P. Indy.
Drosselmeyer has a good pedigree with great-grandsire, Slew o’ Gold and his broodmare sire is Moscow Ballet by Nijinsky II. Game on Dude is by Awesome Again out of a mare by Devil his Due. Spangled Banner is out of a Kris S. mare and his second dam is by Alysheba. Stately Victor should be able to make it as he is by Ghostzapper out of a mare by Dynaformer. Make Music for Me doesn’t have a great deal of stamina influence.
Uptowncharlybrown’s sire is Limehouse who did not have stamina but his broodmare sire Langfur did love the distance and Uptowncharlybrown’s great grandsire is Forty Niner. One of the longshots who has a good pedigree for the distance is Stay Put. He is by Broken Vow whose dam is by Nijinsky. The problem with Stay Put as you consider Belmont Stakes odds is that the horse has not looked very good in recent workouts.
The pedigree is important as you consider the Belmont and the horse with the strongest pedigree to go a mile and a half looks to be First Dude.