Belmont odds are usually not greatly impact by who the jockeys are in the race but that might chance in the 2009 Belmont Stakes.
There is a lot of intrigue involving the jockeys for Belmont Stakes odds this year.
Belmont odds at the sports book on Mine That Bird may be impacted by who is riding the horse. Calvin Borel rode the horse in the Kentucky Derby and won while Mike Smith got the mount in the Preakness and finished second. Borel would like the mount in Belmont odds but can’t commit until the status of Rachel Alexandra is determined. Borel rode Rachel Alexandra to the Preakness win and could become the first jockey ever to win the three Triple Crown races on different horses if he gets a mount in Belmont Stakes odds.
Some of the other jockeys for Belmont odds at the online sportsbook have been determined as John Velazquez will ride Dunkirk and Garrett Gomez will be on Chocolate Candy. The selection of Velazquez is somewhat of a surprise in Belmont odds considering Gomez is considered the top jockey in the world while Edgar Prado had ridden the horse in the Kentucky Derby. Prado has also had a lot of past success in Belmont Stakes odds. "We didn’t look any further other than we were just trying to figure out what our best chance to win the Belmont was," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "We got a lot of history with Johnny and have had success in this particular race and success in a lot of other big races. Close call, they’re all three great riders."
Gomez riding Chocolate Candy could definitely improve the Belmont odds on that horse at the sports book. Gomez has been the nation’s leading rider the past two years and is considered the best in the game today by online sportsbook gamblers. Gomez has been riding in New York and Kentucky but will go back to California after the Belmont Stakes on June 6th. Gomez has led the country in earnings the last two years.
The winning jockeys this decade in Belmont odds have been Pat Day in 2000 aboard Commendable, Gary Stevens with Point Given in 2001, Edgar Prado aboard Sarava in 2002, Jerry Bailey on Empire Maker in 2003, Prado on Birdstone in 2004, Jeremy Rose on Afleet Alex in 2005, Fernando Jara on Jazil in 2006, John Velazquez on Rags to Riches in 2007 and Alan Garcia on Da’ Tara last year in Belmont Stakes odds.
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