While the 2014 Belmont Stakes is just a couple of days away, there’s still plenty of good news even if you haven’t already zeroed in on your betting selections for the third and final leg of the Triple Crown.
Thanks to this expert trio of 2014 Belmont Stakes Win, Place and Show expert picks, you’re going to have a great chance to cash in on the top three finishers when the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes gets underway on Saturday, June 7, just after 6:50 PM ET.
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)
My 2014 Expert Belmont Stakes Win Place Show Picks
California Chrome 3-5 to Win The 2014 Belmont
I have to admit that I wasn’t overly impressed with California Chrome’s narrow Preakness win over a hard-charging Ride On Curlin, but I’m thinking this colt has got the goods to deliver one more time and remain unbeaten in a half-dozen races this year. Chrome is a spectacular-looking thoroughbred that has held off any and all competition this year. I see no huge reason to think he won’t be able to cover the 1½ -mile distance at Belmont Race Track, even though the third and final leg of the Triple Crown looks like it could be a bit more closely contested than most people think.
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Still, veteran jockey Victor Espinoza says he believes Chrome will get the job done where War Emblem failed him in 2002.
"California Chrome is very talented. War Emblem, he was, too, but he was an attitude horse," Espinoza said. "He did not like being behind horses. He liked to go in the front … and a mile a half is really, really tough for a horse that just wants to go in the front.
"He was not saving energy in the beginning. That’s why it’s different now. California Chrome is a different horse. He’s really kind and mellow, and he just does whatever I tell him to do. … I let him know that I’m the boss, and he has to listen to me in the race, and he does that."
Ride On Curlin 12-1 to Place At The 2014 Belmont
Ride On Curlin nearly ran down Chrome down the stretch at the Preakness Stakes and could very well complete the task this time around seeing as how Belmont Race Track is the longest in the nation.
Ride On Curlin will start from the No. 5 post and is one of just two horses to have competed against California Chrome in both, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. Ride On Curlin has finished in the top three in five of his six races this year .
“I thought all along this might be his best distance,” trainer Billy Gowan, said. “He never really quits, so if California Chrome finds that long stretch tiring, we’ll be running at him.”
Wicked Strong 6-1 to Show At The 2014 Belmont
The No. 9 Post position isn’t exactly ideal, but this three-year-old colt has plenty of potential seeing as how he finished fourth at the Kentucky Derby and won the Wood Memorial G1 on April 5.
“I’d like to see him (Wicked Strong) sitting there and rating kindly and just getting into a nice rhythm and pounce when the right time comes,” trainer Jimmy Jerkens said.