In just over 24 hours, the 2014 Belmont Stakes will get underway. The ever-popular sport of horse racing could have its first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed pulled off the incredible feat way back in 1978 – or Saturday’s big race could bring an ugly end to favored California Chrome’s chances of Triple Crown immortality.
Updated Belmont Stakes Morning Line Odds
- Medal Count (20-1)
- California Chrome (2-5; opening morning line was 3-5)
- Matterhorn (30-1)
- Commanding Curve (15-1)
- Ride On Curlin (12-1)
- Matuszak (50-1; opening morning line was 30-1)
- Samraat (20-1)
- Commissioner (30-1; opening morning line was 20-1)
- Wicked Strong (10-1; opening morning line was 6-1)
- General a Rod (30-1; opening morning line was 20-1)
- Tonalist (8-1)
Either way, this expert look at my top four thoroughbreds to win the 2014 Belmont Stakes will help you make the most out of your Belmont Stakes Superfecta Bet, so let’s get started.
My 2014 Belmont Stakes Superfecta Picks
Fourth Place – Medal Count
Prior to the Kentucky Derby, Medal Count won the Grade 3 Transylvania and was second in the Grade 1 Blue Grass…two races that came just eight days apart in April at Keeneland’s Polytrack. This mount made his seasonal debut on the Gulfstream Park turf in January, dead-heating for the win in a 7 ½-furlong race. Medal count has made five starts in 2014 after going 1-for-3 last year, winning his debut at Ellis Park and finishing fifth in the Grade 3 Bourbon and 11th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Show – Wicked Strong
This 3-year-old colt finished fourth at the Kentucky Derby and sat out of the Preakness a couple of weeks later. This thoroughbred also finished first at the Wood Memorial-G1 in April and has me thinking third place could be a virtual lock.
Place – Ride On Curlin
This three-year-old colt finished just 1½ lengths behind California Chrome in the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes last month and may be the biggest threat to pull off the huge upset in this race.
"I thought all along this might be his best distance," says Billy Gowan of Ride On Curlin.
— NYRA (@TheNYRA) June 4, 2014
The sire of Curlin did finish seventh in the Kentucky Derby after being checked on the rail and forced nine wide into the stretch
Win – California Chrome
What more can anyone say about California Chrome that hasn’t already been said?
I believe this outstanding thoroughbred is going to have to dig down deep to find an extra gear late and hold off the competition, but I believe he gets it done.
— Mark Singelais (@MarkSingelais) June 6, 2014
As retired jockey and MSG and HRTV racing analyst Richard Migliore said, “California Chrome is my pick to win because he has seemed to flourish under the workload. I just don’t see any chinks in his armor.”
I don’t either which is why I’m picking California Chrome to make history.
What About Tonalist?
Last but certainly not least…I like Tonalist a lot heading into the Belmont Stakes and wouldn’t be all that surprised if he somehow found his way into the top three at the very least.
The three-year-old colt won the Peter Pan G-2 at Belmont on May 10 and also brought home the bacon at the MSW on January 18. This thoroughbred will start from a bad post position (No. 11) but I believe he could still surprise in a big way.
“We don’t really know how good he is,” he said. “It’s a little hard to tell off that. He ran really well last time and he seems to like the track, and he’s doing well, so we’re hopeful,” owner Robert Evans said.