Horse racing turns its attention to New York this weekend as Belmont Park, just outside New York City, hosts the third and final leg of the 2022 Triple Crown: the Belmont Stakes. In the 154th running of the event, the 120,000+ capacity venue expects to be packed as eight horses compete for one of the sport’s most coveted trophies.
Unlike in some years past, there will be no Triple Crown will be handed out as Rich Strike won the Kentucky Derby and Early Voting took home the Preakness Stakes. Moving to the Belmont Stakes, Rich Strike is in the field, and Early Voting has chosen to sit it out, making this race anyone’s to win.
With the race scheduled to go off at 6:45 PM EST on NBC, let’s take a closer look at this year’s favorite and the best way to get in on the action
Rich Strike 2022 Belmont Predictions
Rich Strike has hit the board in five of his eight starts. And after his Kentucky Derby performance, he will surely be a favorite among public bettors as the week goes on. His closing ability certainly gives him validity at the Belmont, which is a quarter of a mile longer than the Kentucky Derby.
The other question will be whether the layoff serves as an advantage for Rich Strike. Some of his best efforts have come after roughly a month of rest, which is worth noting.
The post position doesn’t matter quite as much in a smaller field, but especially for Rich Strike. In the Derby, Rich Strike started on the outside before moving toward the middle and then riding along the rail as he charged to the front of the pack. Sitting in the fourth post, jockey Leon likely won’t have to do as much weaving in and out of traffic.
Rich Strike is a horse I’ll include in my exotic tickets. However, I’m concerned he’ll close at an unappealing number, given his newfound prominence. He’s certainly capable of winning, but I worry his odds will be too much of an overreaction. A month ago, this horse was 80-1 to win the Kentucky Derby.
Creative Minister 2022 Belmont Predictions
Creative Minister should once again be in the mix in the Belmont Stakes. And his career-best speed figure at the Preakness suggests this horse is only getting better entering the final leg of the Triple Crown.
With the veteran jockey Hernandez riding aboard, Creative Minister is someone I’ll consider in all my exotic bets, and he’ll be one of my choices at solid odds to take home the Belmont Stakes.
We The People 2022 Belmont Predictions
We The People also has the distinct advantage of getting to race here at Belmont very recently. He not only won the Peter Pan Stakes but jumped ahead early and kept the pace. While that would be impressive anywhere, distance is always a factor at this track, and now not something Prat and his team needs to worry about.
In this race, I expect We The People to get off to another hot start and keep the temp throughout, holding off any late challengers as we saw from Rich Strike at Churchill Downs. While the 2-1 odds are short for a horse race of this caliber, I think We The People gets it done.
Mo Donegal 2022 Belmont Predictions
While We The People is the odds-on favorite in this race for good reason, I think Mo Donegal has a real chance to get it done here, given his team’s pedigree. Despite falling short at Churchill Downs, it was his first grade one race, and his No. 4 gate in this race should align perfectly with his and Ortiz Jr.’s strategy.
If Mo Donegal can get a good start out of the gates, he has the breakaway speed to take this one to the finish and should benefit from the longer-than-average track. I’ll have Mo Donegal not just to win outright but in most of my boxed trifecta variations.
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