Belmont Stakes handicapping methods for the 2008 Belmont Stakes begin and end with Big Brown.
Is that Belmont Stakes handicapping method a wise choice though? It seems that everyone under the sun has given Big Brown the win in Belmont Stakes betting before the race has even been run. Let’s look at some Belmont Stakes handicapping method choices.
Belmont Stakes handicapping methods are rarely as simple as choosing the favorite. 8 of the last 10 Belmont Stakes betting favorites have lost. The mile and a half distance of the Belmont Stakes has ruined the chances of many Triple Crown hopefuls but very few people seem to think Big Brown can lose. The best Belmont Stakes handicapping method is oftentimes to expect the unexpected. Look what happened to War Emblem in 2002 when he stumbled out of the gate and lost in Belmont Stakes betting. Poor rides by jockeys aboard Smarty Jones and Real Quiet cost them the Triple Crown while Charismatic was injured in the Belmont. A muddy track cost Funny Cide the Triple Crown. Anything can happen in the Belmont and sometimes expecting the unexpected is the best Belmont Stakes handicapping method.
Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978 and since that time a total of 10 horses have tried and failed to win the Triple Crown in the Belmont. One Belmont Stakes handicapping method that has worked well in recent years is to look for horses that are bred for distance. It worked with the last two Belmont Stakes betting winners, Rags to Riches and Jazil. The second choice in 2008 Belmont Stakes betting will be Casino Drive and he is bred to run long distances. Casino Drive’s dam, Better Than Honour had stamina while the sire is Mineshaft who is sired by 1992 Belmont winner A.P. Indy. Go back another generation and his sire was Seattle Slew. Looking at pedigree is a successful Belmont Stakes handicapping method.
A Belmont Stakes handicapping method that is popular is to look at other horses that raced in the Derby and Preakness. Tale of Ekati is back after his fourth-place finish in the Derby while Anak Nakal also returns after finishing 7th in the Derby. Denis of Cork returns after his third place Derby finish. Preakness third place finisher Icabad Crane is back as is runner-up, Macho Again. Horses that have raced recently are always good to consider in a Belmont Stakes handicapping method.