The 2022 Belmont Stakes takes place Saturday at Belmont Park, and the biggest storyline entering the race will be the return of Kentucky Derby 80-1 winner, Rich Strike, who makes his return after sitting out The 2022 Preakness Stakes.
A small eight-horse field makes this race a little trickier to handicap, as just about any of the horses could factor into the outcome. And to me, four horses can truly win this race: We the People, Mo Donegal, Creative Minister, and, yes, Rich Strike. However, Barber Road is a horse I’ll be sure to throw into my exotic bets as a long shot who has hit the board frequently in past starts.
Here are my best exotic bets for the 2022 Belmont Stakes:
Best trifecta bet: Mo Donegal, Creative Minister, Barber Road (box)
So I’ve outlined why I like Mo Donegal and Creative Minister. And frankly, I’ll probably do a couple of versions of this trifecta using We the People and Rich Strike. However, let’s talk about Barber Road, a long shot that might not be getting the respect it deserves.
Barber Road is a proven producer and is a heck of a worker. Before a 6th place finish at the Kentucky Derby, Barber Road had finished in the top three in seven straight races. This horse doesn’t have the talent to win the Belmont, but he knows how to hit the board, and I suspect he’ll be involved in the end.
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