2021 Belmont Stakes Early Odds & Picks on Saturday, June 5, 2021
According to early odds at the best betting sites, the 2021 Belmont Stakes winner is second-favorite to win the 2021 Belmont Stakes, behind Essential Quality. Rombauer came out victorious in the 146th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
Midnight Bourbon was the runner-up. Controversial Kentucky Derby champion, Medina Spirit, came in third place. Not to detract from Rombauer’s win, but horse racing fans and bettors alike have already started to think about what Saturday’s results mean for the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York. Here are the early odds at the best online sportsbooks.
Belmont Stakes 2021 Odds by MyBookie.ag
|Hot Rod Charlie||+450|
|Rock Your World||+600|
|Get Her Number||+2200|
|France Go de Ina||+2800|
Trainer Michael W. McCarthy kept Rombauer out of the Kentucky Derby. That decision may have had something to do with the horse’s surprise win Saturday. On the other hand, it means that there will be Triple Crown winner this season.
As a matter of fact, many of the Derby horses skipped the Preakness Stakes to concentrate on the more profitable Belmont Stakes. Mandaloun, Hot Rod Charlie, Essential Quality and O Besos, who came in second through fifth place respectively in the Derby, would be likely favorites at the best betting sites going into the Belmont Stakes.
Bob Baffert-trained Medina Spirit was greenlit to run in the Preakness Stakes even though he tested positive for an excessive amount of the substance betamethasone following his Derby win. Kentucky officials are waiting for the results of a second sample.
Those results could come in between now and the running of the Belmont Stakes. That might not only affect Medina Spirit’s chances of running the final jewel of the Triple Crown but also possibly vacate his Derby win.
In the meantime, Baffert temporarily will not be able to stable any horses at Belmont Park, Aqueduct Racetrack and Saratoga Race Course. Or run any of his horses at the New York Racing Association’s tracks.
The ban includes races at Belmont Park, with the Belmont Stakes coming up June 5. “In order to maintain a successful thoroughbred racing industry in New York, NYRA must protect the integrity of the sport for our fans, the betting public and racing participants,” NYRA president and CEO Dave O’Rourke said. “That responsibility demands the action taken today in the best interests of thoroughbred racing.”
NYRA officials say they considered Baffert’s prior penalties in Kentucky, California and Arkansas, as well as the current situation with Medina Spirit. They expect to make a final decision about the length and terms of the suspension based on information gathered from Kentucky’s current investigation.
Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit yielded positive results for the steroid betamethasone in postrace testing. He faces disqualification unless a second test comes back negative. Baffert said that 21 picograms of the corticosteroid, which can be used to alleviate a horse’s joints, showed up in the blood sample. One has to wonder how this would affect his odds at the best betting sites.
Expect Mandaloun, who could still earn a default a Derby win should Medina Spirit’s test results not come back cleared, to be the front-runner in the Belmont Stakes. The 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes will occur on its usual timeline, a Saturday in June three weeks following the Preakness Stakes. This year, that would be June 5.
The Belmont Stakes have the second-biggest purse of the three Triple Crown races this season, at $1.5 million. The Kentucky Derby had the biggest, at $3 million. The Preakness Stakes had the lowest, at a mere $1 million.