Belmont Stakes Facts, Figures and Betting Guide

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Inside the Numbers of the Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown Bid by Justify

Justify in his final work at Churchill Downs before shipping to Belmont Park

The rich championship history continues June 9 at Belmont Park and the buildup to the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes is Justified. Bob Baffert-trained Justify tries to become the 13th Triple Crown winner in horse racing history. Justify is 5-for-5 entering the Belmont Stakes, and he’s not only chasing history, but a big purse of $1.5 million with the winner awarded $800,000.

Here are some facts and figures about about the Belmont Stakes, betting and what the favorite Justify is up against.

  • 13.3% – The win percentage of Belmont favorites in the last 15 years. Just two have won: Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (2015) and Afleet Alex (2005).
  • 20 – The number of horses who lost the Belmont with a Triple Crown on the line. The most recent to miss was California Chrome in 2014.
  • 34 – The number of horses who have been odds-on in the Belmont betting. Thirteen of them have won.
  • $150,249,399 – Total dollars wagered on Belmont day 2014, a record. $83,054,106 of that was bet on the Belmont Stakes itself.
  • 18 stakes races – The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival was established in 2015 by the New York Racing Association (NYRA). This year’s festival will offer $9.4 million in purses for the 18 stakes races. Three on Thursday, five on Friday and 10 on Saturday including six Grade 1 events.

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Wagering is expected to be huge for Saturday with the presence of a potential Triple Crown champion. Wagering handle for Thursday and Friday was $4.13 million last year, an increase of 18 percent over the $3.49 million wagered on those first two days the year before.

All-source handle for the entire festival last June reached $124.7 million compared to $122.8 million 2016. The presence of American Pharoah, who became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, spiked the 2015 all-sources handle to $161.0 million.

Expect another huge handle and big betting at Belmont Saturday as Justify takes on the “Test of the Champion” and goes for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.

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