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2021 Belmont Stakes Top Favorites, Odds & Analysis (06/05/2021)

Betting Favorites at Belmont Stakes

The best sportsbooks favor Essential Quality to win the 2021 Belmont Stakes, the 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes- this will be the 110th time the event takes place at Belmont Park. The 1+1⁄2-mile (2,400 m) race, also known as the “test of the champion”, is the final leg in the American Triple Crown. It is open to three-year-old Thoroughbreds, some which join Essential as top favorites at the best online sportsbooks.

Belmont Stakes 2021 Odds by MyBookie.ag

Essential Quality +275
Hot Rod Charlie +450
Rock Your World +600
Known Agenda +800
Rebel’s Romance +800
Get Her Number +2200
Bourbonic +2500
France Go de Ina+2800
Overtook +2800
Brooklyn Strong+3300

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Essential Quality

This is the favorite at the best sportsbooks. Unbeaten prior to his fourth-place finish as the fave in the Kentucky Derby. He worked five furlongs in 59.8 at Churchill Downs on Saturday for trainer Brad Cox. He is the early fave in international books, best priced at 7-2.

Hot Rod Charlie

The third-place finisher in the Derby. He worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.6 Saturday at Santa Anita. Trainer Doug O’Neill said that the plan is for him to breeze there on Friday. And then ship to New York on Saturday. He is going to be ridden by Flavien Prat. He guided Rombauer to his Preakness Stakes win.

Known Agenda

He worked five furlongs in 1:02.54 at Belmont Park on Friday along with stablemate Dr Post. “I thought it was a good progressive breeze that should bring them both forward,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. He closed from 17th to finish ninth in the Derby.

Rock Your World

An underwhelming 17th in the Kentucky Derby. He worked five furlongs in 1:01.2 at Santa Anita Park on Friday. “It went really well – we’re just trying to keep him healthy and fit,” Juan Leyva, assistant to trainer John Sadler, said. He timed Rock Your World in 1:00.4.


The second favorite at the best sportsbooks. Following Part’s the defection to Hot Rod Charlie, the Preakness champion will be mounted, John Velazquez.

Rebel’s Romance

The Ireland-bred winner of the UAE Derby. He worked five furlongs in 1:01.05 at Belmont Park on Saturday. “Rebel stayed at the back of Desert Peace – we didn’t want to ask him too hard,” Sophie Chretien, traveling assistant for trainer Charlie Appleby, said. “But he traveled much better than last time and went out seven-eighths.”


One of four possible starters for Pletcher. He worked a half-mile in 48.82 Saturday at Belmont Park. Bourbonic finished 13th in the Derby after he started from the outside post.

Brooklyn Strong

Trainer Danny Velazquez has not decided whether to start the Remsen Stakes (G2) champion in the Belmont after he worked five furlongs in 1:02.25 at Parx on Saturday. “I don’t want to break his heart. That could happen. I’ve seen that happen. I want to make sure I’m doing the right thing.” His 15th-place finish in the Derby followed a difficult start.


The Robertino Diodoro-trained colt finished seventh in the Derby and fourth in the Preakness. His only win in eight starts was in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) in November.
Get Her Number. Has not raced since a fourth-place finish in the Arkansas Derby (G1). He worked five furlongs in 1:03 on May 14. Trainer Peter Miller is considering starting him in the May 31 Texas Derby.


He finished third in the Peter Pan. Pletcher expects he will enjoy the added distance of the Belmont. “He’s a steady, one-run kind of horse, and the Peter Pan didn’t develop with much pace. I thought considering that, he actually ran pretty well,” Pletcher said.

France Go de Ina

The Japanese import arrived at Belmont Park on Monday. Masaki Takano, trainer Hideyuki Mori’s traveling assistant, said: “Over the course of the time that he’s been here, he’s been able to get used to the American style of doing things. That’s helped him relax into the routine, and hopefully it will lead to a better performance in the future.”