- Belmont Stakes Begins Saturday At 5 PM On NBC
- Kentucky Derby Winner Medina Spirit Is Banned From Belmont Stakes
- Essential Quality Favored To Win With +225 Odds
This Saturday’s Belmont Stakes in Belmont Park, New York will complete the 2021 Triple Crown cycle with over 10,000 fans in attendance.
Although cleared to participate in the Preakness Stakes, 2021 Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has been banned from racing in this year’s Belmont Stakes due to a post-Derby test that revealed elevated levels of an anti-inflammatory steroid.
Essential Quality was the pre-race favorite to win the Kentucky Derby, and now Belmont Stakes betting sites are once again predicting he’ll finish first with a +225 moneyline.
2021 Belmont Stakes Odds
- Essential Quality +225
- Rombauer +400
- Hot Rod Charlie +425
- Rock Your World +450
- Known Agenda +600
- Rebel’s Romance +1400
- Keepmeinmind +1600
- Bourbonic +1800
- France Go De Ina +2200
- Overtook +3300
Online horseracing sportsbooks feature 2021 Preakness Stakes winner Rombauer in the second spot with +400 betting odds, which will award those that bet on him a 4X payout versus the amount risked.
Because Medina Spirit will not be allowed to participate this weekend, the race will only feature one Triple Crown race winner amongst the pack.
For bettors that aren’t certain which horse will win, there are some horse racing prop bets that have appeared at BetOnline that ask patrons to select the winning distance and winning time.
Belmont Stakes Winning Distance
- Over 1.5 Lengths -105
- Under 1.5 Lengths -105
- Exactly 1.5 Lengths +650
The over/under for lengths of separation from the winner and second place is 1.5, but if you’ve got a hunch that it’ll hit that exact measurement, then bets will be rewarded by a 6.5X cash in.
Belmont Stakes Winning Time
- Over 2:29:00 -115
- Under 2:29:00 -115
The winning time prop bet has set the over/under of the winning time for the 2021 Belmont Stakes at 2 minutes and 29 seconds, which is 5 seconds slower than the fastest time ever recorded.
Top 5 Fastest Belmont Stakes Finishes
- Secretariat (1973) – 2:24.00
- Easy Goer (1989) – 2:26.00
- A.P. Indy (1992) – 2:26.13
- Risen Star (1988) – 2:26.50
- Point Given (2001) – 2:26.56
The Preakness Stakes betting odds did not include Essential Quality because trainers decided to keep him out of the race to ensure his health and longevity for future contests.
Perhaps the time off will do Essential Quality some good, and even though he is the favored horse, he is still well into the positive odds and will more than double any bet made on him.
The smart money may very well be on Rombauer, as he already has shown his grit by clawing out a Preakness Stakes victory.
Be sure to tune in this Saturday at 5 on NBC to catch all the Belmont Stakes action, and get your bets in before the race begins!