The Belmont Stakes trifecta got much harder to bet. Before Belmont Stakes post positions were drawn and the Morning Line odds were set, Belmont Park announced that Classic Empire, the 3/2 future book favorite, would skip the race. Favoritism has now fallen to Irish War Cry. Classic Empire was an obvious key horse choice in the trifecta. Is Irish War Cry an obvious key horse choice? I don’t think so. Keep reading for my Belmont Stakes trifecta bet.
What is a Belmont Stakes Trifecta Bet?
A trifecta bet is a wager where you choose the first three finishers in a horse race in exact order. Here’s an example:
- Win: 7-Irish War Cry
- Place: 2-Tapwrit
- Show: 10-Multiplier
If you placed a trifecta wager that had on it the above combination where 7 finishes first, 2 finishes second, and 10 finishes third, you’d win your trifecta bet. One thing to keep in mind is that a trifecta must be called a trifecta. Don’t bet Irish War Cry to win, Tapwrit to place, and Multiplier to show. That’s 3 separate bets.
A trifecta is where you pick the exact order of finish for win, place, and show, on a single combination. Keep reading to see how I’m putting together my Belmont Stakes trifecta bet.
2017 Belmont Stakes Trifecta Pick
What: 2017 Belmont Stakes
When: June 10, 2017
Post Time: 6:48 PM ET
Where: Elmont, New York
Track: Belmont Park
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Key Horse: 11-Epicharis 4/1
The Japanese invader is the classiest animal in the race. He has the breeding to get the distance. He has the speed to stay close. He has the will to win as evidenced by his 4 wins, and 1-second place finish from 5-lifetime races. There isn’t a lot to dislike about Epicharis.
Horses to Use in Place Slot
2-Tapwrit 6/1 – It’s impossible to look past Todd Pletcher’s success with horses skipping the Preakness Stakes and running in the Belmont. I also expect that Tapwrit has grown up some since his 10-length loss in the Kentucky Derby. He’s got an excellent post, 2, which means jockey Jose Ortiz can save ground.
3-Gormley 8/1 – I’ve got the feeling that the John Shirreff’s trainee is going to be on his toes come Saturday. Gormley has a lot of talent. He needed to mature physically, but his mind has always been right. Don’t leave him out of the trifecta. You’ll be sorry.
7-Irish War Cry 7/2 – If big boy Irish War Cry shows up, it’s over. He can flat out bury his competition when he wants to run. If throw in the towel Irish War Cry shows up, the one who gives up because he just doesn’t feel like running, forget it. He’ll finish near the back of the pack.
Horse to Use in Show Slot
1-Twisted Tom 20/1 – Chad Brown trains. Brown trained Cloud Computing to win the Preakness Stakes at over 14 to 1 odds. Enough said.
4-J Boys Echo 15/1 – He goes into the Belmont Stakes under the radar. Why? Two bad races in a row. I’ve seen horses like J Boys Echo run huge at Big Sandy after struggling in two straight. I can’t leave him out of the tri because of that.
5-Hollywood Handsome 30/1 – On paper, it doesn’t look like he’s good enough to finish in the Top 3. But, you never know which horses love the 1 ½ mile distance of the Belmont Stakes, and which horses hate it.
6-Lookin At Lee 5/1 – I sure wish I had enough funds to put this guy into the place slot for my trifecta bet. He always fires a decent shot. One of these days, the shot he fires is going to be better than anybody else’s shot.
7-Irish War Cry 7/2
8-Senior Investment 12/1 – I didn’t think he was good enough to get into my Preakness Stakes trifecta. Yep. He blew me apart. Every ticket went up in flames. Senior Investment is definitely part of all my exotic bets!
9-Meantime 15/1 – No Classic Empire means that Meantime inherits the lead. He should have company with both Epicharis and Irish War Cry. If that doesn’t happen, if Meantime gets loose on the lead, watch out. Commendable and D’Tara are just two examples of huge front running longshots that won the Belmont Stakes.
10-Multiplier 15/1 – If the pace is swift, I know he’ll have a shot to get into the tri. He’s talented enough to do it.
12-Patch 12/1 – He’d be in my place slot if I didn’t think Tapwrit was coming up to the race slightly better.
2017 Belmont Stakes Trifecta Pick
I’m using all 12 runners in the show slot in my trifecta bet. I’m keying Epicharis, the horse from Japan. In the place slot, I’m using Tapwrit, Gormley, and Irish War Cry. Check out how my trifecta bet’s going to look:
11 w/2,3,7 w/1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
The w stand for with. If I were at the racetrack and made this wager, I’d tell the clerk, “I want a $1 trifecta 11 with 2,3,7 with 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12”. Instead of naming all the horses in the show slot, I could just say with all.
Total Bet Cost = $30