Belmont Stakes wagering should always include looking at the Dosage Index of each horse.
Since the Belmont is a mile and a half you need to be sure the horse you wager on in Belmont betting can make the distance. Let’s take a look at Dosage handicapping for Belmont Stakes wagering.
Belmont Stakes wagering does not involve as much handicapping as Kentucky Derby or Preakness wagering does. The reason that trainer, jockey, post position and speed factors are not as important in Belmont Stakes wagering is the distance of the race. If a horse can’t make a mile and a half not much else matters in Belmont Stakes wagering. That is why the Dosage Index is important to consider in Belmont betting. Dosage is basically a way for horse bettors to look at a horse and see whether or not the horse is bred to run a distance or a sprint when considering Belmont Stakes wagering. It was developed many years ago as a way for people to judge whether or not a horse could make the distance of the Derby. Recently it has become more important in Belmont Stakes wagering than in Kentucky Derby betting.
Dosage numbers show that a horse with a rating of 4.00 or higher is not suited to running long distances or a good wager in Belmont Stakes wagering. The lower number in dosage mean that a horse is better suited to go long and that matters in Belmont betting. In Belmont Stakes wagering history there have only been five winners that had dosage numbers higher than 4.00. Surprisingly, two of those five winners have come in the last 7 years with huge longshot Sarava winning in 2002 and Commendable in 2000 in Belmont betting. Here are the dosage ratings of the last 10 Belmont Stakes wagering winners:
2007 Rags to Riches 3.00
2006 Jazil 3.00
2005 Afleet Alex 2.11
2004 Birdstone 1.77
2003 Empire Maker 1.88
2002 Sarava 4.50
2001 Point Given 3.00
2000 Commendable 5.00
1999 Lemon Drop Kid 2.62
1998 Victory Gallop 3.00
The first 27 runnings of the Belmont had all of the Belmont Stakes wagering winners with Dosage numbers under 4.00.