2014 Belmont Stakes Betting Guide For Dummies

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2014 Belmont Stakes Betting Guide For Dummies

With the 2014 Belmont Stakes approaching faster than Seattle Slew ever ran, you need as much expert information as possible whether you’re a veteran thoroughbred bettor or a brand new novice to the age old sport.

Thanks to this fun-filled, yet informative, 2014 Belmont Stakes Betting Guide for Dummies, you’ll be able to maximize your chances of cashing in early and often when the final leg of the Triple Crown takes place this coming weekend.

2014 Belmont Stakes
The 2014 Belmont Stakes mile and half is the only thing that stands between California Chrome and the Triple Crown. Can he do it?
Starts: 06/07/2014 4:30PM
Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike
ElmontNew York

Updated Belmont Stakes Morning Line Odds

  1. Medal Count (20-1)
  2. California Chrome (2-5; opening morning line was 3-5)
  3. Matterhorn (30-1)
  4. Commanding Curve (15-1)
  5. Ride On Curlin (12-1)
  6. Matuszak (50-1; opening morning line was 30-1)
  7. Samraat (20-1)
  8. Commissioner (30-1; opening morning line was 20-1)
  9. Wicked Strong (10-1; opening morning line was 6-1)
  10. General a Rod (30-1; opening morning line was 20-1)
  11. Tonalist (8-1)

Now, with race day quickly approaching, let’s get started with the basics.

How To Bet Your Horse For the 2014 Belmont Stakes

Whether you’re actually at Belmont Race Track or wagering from another location, the very first thing you need to know is how to place a wager.

Here are some simple steps for you to follow no matter where you’re wagering location is.

You can either bet on a single horse to win, place (second place), or show (third place) or wager on a combination of horses, which I will explain.

State the number of the horse or horses you’re betting on in each race and double check your ticket before leaving the window. If you’d like to take the guesswork out of your wagering, then you can simply bet numbers, much like betting on the lottery.

Belmont Stakes Betting Tools:

Whether you plan on betting on the 2014 Belmont Stakes or some other race in the near future, there are a few items that you should definitely keep in hand.

The Daily Racing Form (DRF): The DRF provides a detailed report on the past performances of each mount on the day’s schedule. The DRF provides informative racing articles and handicapping by the DRF staff and generally costs about $4.

Racetrack program:  A racetrack program is an absolute must that contains all of the important information on horses, jockeys, trainers, and owners. The general cost is about $3.

Public handicapper selections: Whether you’re wagering from Belmont race Track or from an OTB (off-track betting parlor) you should be able to find a local newspaper that pays a handicapper to make daily selections. The paper generally costs about 75 cents while a handicapping tip sheet goes for about $2.

Now, here’s the scoop on how the odds work in thoroughbred horse racing.

Belmont Stakes $2 Wager Payout

‘Betting the ponies’ isn’t the hardest process in the world. If you want to know exactly how much a horse is paying, then simply multiply the first number of the odds by 2, divide that by the second number, and then add $2.

Odds

$2 Payoff

Odds

$2 Payoff

Odds

$2 Payoff

1/9

$2.20

8/5

$5.20

7/1

$16.00

1/5

$2.40

9/5

$5.60

8/1

$18.00

2/5

$2.80

2/1

$6.00

9/1

$20.00

1/2

$3.00

5/2

$7.00

10/1

$22.00

3/5

$3.20

3/1

$8.00

11/1

$24.00

4/5

$3.60

7/2

$9.00

12/1

$26.00

1/1

$4.00

4/1

$10.00

13/1

$28.00

6/5

$4.40

9/2

$11.00

14/1

$30.00

7/5

$4.80

5/1

$12.00

15/1

$32.00

3/2

$5.00

6/1

$14.00

16/1

$34.00

Simulcasts

Every racetrack has a television simulcast commentator that handicaps between the races. Watch and listen closely and see if you can pick up any good tips that can help your wagering process.

Check the 2014 Belmont Stakes Morning Line

The morning line is racetrack oddsmaker’s prediction of how the public will bet the race. It is not his prediction, which a lot of people mistakenly assume.

Types of Bets You Can Make at the Belmont

Belmont Stakes Straight Bets

  • Win – You collect if your horse finishes first.
  • Place – You collect if your horse finishes first or second.
  • Show – You collect if your horse finishes first, second or third.

Bet The Belmont Across the Board

If you want to bet on just one horse to win, place or show, then you can simply tell the teller (no pun intended) “Yo…gimme’ $2 across the board on No.4." Now you’ve bet $2 win, $2 place, and $2 show for a total cost of $6.

Belmont Stakes Exotic Bets

Daily Double – You have to correctly choose the winners of two races before the first race starts. If you bet "1-4" daily double, No.1 must win the first race and No.4 must win the second.

Quinella– You choose two horses in a single race. To collect, one horse must finish first and the other, second.

Exacta –  Choose the first and second horses in a race in their exact order of finish. For example, if you bet "2-8" exacta, the No. 2 horse must finish first and No.8 horse must finish second.

Trifecta – Correctly choose the first, second and third place finishers in any race – in their exact order.

Superfecta – The superfecta is a fun-filled wager, but a tough one to nail. Correctly pick the first, second, third and fourth place finishers in a race – in their exact order.

Twin-Trifecta – To be eligible for this potentially bankroll-boosting bet, you must correctly pick the first three finishers of a race in their exact order in the first half of this wager in order to be eligible to wager on the second half, where you must again, pick the first three finishers in their exact order.

Pick 3 – You need some serious powers of prediction to correctly choose the winners of three consecutive races before the first race begins. However, if you do, you’ll cash in big.

Pick 6 – Correctly choose the winners of a half-dozen consecutive races prior to the start of the first race. Needless to say, if you nail this tough bet, you’ll end up paid in full!