The first two races of the Triple Crown featured quite a bit of controversy, as there was a disqualification in the Kentucky Derby, followed by some serious justification once the horse that was interfered with in the Derby won the Preakness. Nevertheless, it is time for the Belmont Stakes, as these horses, trainers and jockeys all battle for one last chance at glory in 2019. Here is our complete betting guide for the 2019 Belmont Stakes.
Belmont Stakes History
Justify made history here last year, capping off his Triple Crown with a win at the Belmont Stakes. He became only the second of 13 Crown-winning horses to finish his career undefeated (Seattle Slew, 1977). Belmont is the longest track of the three, stretching 1.5 miles in distance. In addition, the favorite has only won five times at Belmont in the last 26 years.
Belmont Stakes Fun Facts
1. Julie Krone was the jockey for the Belmont-winning horse Colonial Affair in 1993. She remains the only female jockey to win any of the Triple Crown races.
2. 1943 Triple Crown-winning horse Count Fleet was ridden by Johnny Longden, who was originally supposed to come to the United States from England on the Titanic with his mother when he was only a child. Fortunately, his train was late, causing he and his family to miss the boat.
3. The slowest winning time at Belmont in 2:34.00, courtesy of Echelon in 1970. Oddly enough, that is still only 10 seconds slower than Secretariat’s record-setting time of 2:24.00.
Of course, the traditional and easiest way to bet on a horse race is to win, place or show. If you bet on the horse to win, they must finish in first place. If you bet on him to place, he must finish either first or second. And finally, if you choose to bet on a horse to show, that horse must finish in first, second or third place for you to cash in.
From there, the betting options get a little more complex but a lot more fun.
Exacta: Betting on two horses to finish 1-2, in that order. In 2014, a $2 Exacta bet on California Chrome and Commanding Curve would have paid $340.
Trifecta: As you can probably tell from the name, this option means to bet on three horses to finish 1-2-3, in that order. A Trifecta bet on Danza finishing third behind the two above-mentioned horses in 2014 would have cashed a $2 bet at $3,424.60.
Superfecta: I’m sure you are beginning to sense a trend, but if not, a Superfecta bet is when you place a wager on four horses to finish 1-2-3-4, in that order. Again, adding Wicked Strong as the fourth-place finisher in 2014 would have seen your $2 bet earn you a staggering $15,383.80.
Quinella: Finally, a Quinella bet is picking two horses to finish 1-2, in any order. This gives you a much better chance to win but offers less enticing odds that the above options.
Boxed Wagers: Similar to the Quinella, this option provides more opportunity to win but with less intriguing and profitable returns. Boxing your Trifecta or Superfecta bets simply means that the horses you choose can finish in any order, as long as they finish in the top-3 (Trifecta) or top-4 (Superfecta). Essentially, a Quinella is a boxed Exacta bet.