Just when everyone thought it would business as usual at Elmont Park this week in preparations for the 149th Belmont Stakes the horse racing betting world has been thrown a curveball. As the days leading up to the big race continued to wind down, everyone expected Classic Empire to remain the betting tips favorite following Wednesday’s post positions draw.
Instead, the consensus is all of the sudden out of the race, leaving The Final Jewel of the Triple Crown up for grabs for what will be a 12-horse field. Entering Race Week, Classic Empire was the horse racing betting favorite at 2/1, but due to an abscess in his right front foot, as he simply couldn’t “put the foot down.”
“He’ll be better as soon as it busts open,” said Classic Empire’s trainer, Mark Casse. “He’ll have instant relief, but he can’t run. He’s been too good to us.”
The 149th running of the Belmont Stakes takes place Saturday at Belmont Park in the Big Apple and will be broadcast live at 6:37 p.m. ET on NBC.
The recent developments have forced horseracing picks experts to reissue their betting tips for the 149th Belmont Stakes. At OSH, we’ve also decided to reshuffle the deck and give our readers the new top-three betting favorites following Wednesday’s post positions draw.
Irish War Cry (+280): When the news broke about Classic Empire becoming a scratch, Irish War Cry catapulted himself to the top of the leading contenders. Those who read OSH on the regular know that my betting tips included putting money on both, Classic Empire AND Irish War Cry. Now that horse racing betting oddsmakers are on to me, I’m completely changing my horseracing picks/predictions. This is a quality horse, no question. However, the fact that he drew post position number seven makes me a little uneasy.
Epicharis (+350): We have a new projected runner-up in this race, and his name is Epicharis at +350 horse racing betting odds. Trained by Kiyoshi Hagiwara, this three-year-old colt hails all the way from Japan and is the son of Gold Allure. The problem I have making him the winner is because of his lack of experience, and more so, because he will be in unfamiliar territory, this being his first race in the United States. He drew post position number 11 on the far side, which pretty much eliminates him in terms of betting tips to pull off the upset.
Gormley (+500): Helping round out our new top-three betting tips favorites to win in the list of horseracing futures is Gormley at +500. John A. Shirreffs trains this three-year-old colt from Kentucky, who’s the son of Malibu Moon. Gormley drew post position number three, putting him close to the inside rail, which we all know is the shortest distance to the finish line. In addition, experience will not be an issue, as he will be making his eighth start of his horse racing career. during that span, Gormley has tallied four victories, highlighted by wins at FrontRunner Stakes-G1, Sham Stakes-G3 and Santa Anita Derby-G1. He will be looking to bounce back from a ninth-place finish at the Kentucky Derby.
- 149th Belmont Stakes Betting Tips: Tapwrit: +500
149th Belmont Stakes Post Positions & Betting Odds Futures
- Twisted Tom: +1500
- Tapwrit: +500
- Gormley: +500
- J Boys Echo: +1500
- Hollywood Handsome: +2500
- Lookin at Lee: +700
- Irish War Cry: +280
- Senior Investment: +1000
- Meantime: +1700
- Multiplier: +1000
- Epicharis: +350
- Patch: +2500