MINE THAT BIRD
The Kentucky Derby Winner is obviously another big favorite at the Belmont Stakes odds, though his effectiveness could be determined by his jockey, as Borel rode him for his victory but Mike Smith rode him in the Preakness. Some horse race betting fans feel it’s a trap to bet on Mine That Bird because Rachel Alexandra may still run the race; Alexandra held off Mine that Bird to win the Preakness. However, the Preakness was a shorter distance, Mine that Bird was closing at the end, and the Belmont Stakes odds are longer than both of those races, so Mine That Bird should be the fave.
If the little filly-that-could runs in the Belmont Stakes odds, Borel will likely be the rider as he goes for a personal Triple Crown. While she makes for one of the better online betting picks, Belmont Stakes betting fans have to be careful, as her Preakness triumph came on a 13/16 track.
Not a household name, Charitable Man could sneak up on the field next week. He dominated the Peter Pan at Belmont Park with a 3 3/4 –length score and could sneak up to steal the race the same way Rachel Alexandra did the Preakness.
Could he surprise? He has the upbringing to do it. His Hall-of-fame trainer and owner tandem of Nick Zito and Robert V. LaPenta won the Belmont Stakes odds last year with Da’Tara, so they obviously know what it takes to win. Miner’s Escape won his last start, the Frederico Tesio Stakes, so he has momentum heading into next week. Don’t forget about his Belmont Stakes betting prospects, as he’ll offer better racebook value than the big favorites.