2017 Belmont Stakes Exacta Pick

2017 Belmont Stakes Exacta Pick

The 2017 Belmont Stakes is the last chance to bet on a Triple Crown race this year. Always Dreaming won the Kentucky Derby. Cloud Computing won the Preakness. Both are skipping the Belmont. Who, then, deserves to be the key horse in all exacta wagers? Check it out!

What is an Exacta Bet?

If this is your first time betting an exacta bet here is what you are getting into.

An exacta bet in horse racing is picking the first and second place finishers in exact order. To hit an exacta bet, you must pick the exact order, there’s no wiggle room there. Who finished first? Who finished second? That’s it.

2017 Belmont Stakes Exacta Pick

What: 2017 Belmont Stakes
When: June 10, 2017
Post Time: 6:48 PM ET
Where: Elmont, New York
Track: Belmont Park
Watch: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live

2017 Belmonth Stakes Key Horse:  11-Epicharis 4/1

There are a ton of signs pointing to Epicharis getting it done by winning the 2017 Belmont Stakes. He’s been in New York for about a week. Any issues that the horse from Japan might have acclimating to Belmont Park are long gone. Not only that, but his record is stunning:  5 races, 4 wins and a second. The second was by a nose to Godolphin bred Thunder Snow. With Classic Empire scratching, Epicharis becomes the classiest horse in the field.

2017 Belmont Stakes Horses to Use in the Exacta

2-Tapwrit 6/1 – Trainer Todd Pletcher has done this before. Pletcher skips the Preakness and runs in the Belmont with a horse that was terrible in the Kentucky Derby. Last year, Pletcher almost won the Belmont with Destin. Tapwrit follows Destin’s pattern, run badly in the Derby and skip the Preakness.

3-Gormley 8/1 – He’s got enough speed to stay within shouting distance of Epicharis and Irish War Cry. John Shirreff’s doesn’t ship from California to New York unless he thinks he can win. He could have kept Gormley on the bench until the Del Mar Meet. He’s not doing that. I think Gormley’s a must use.

7-Irish War Cry 7/2 – It’s impossible to leave the talented Irish War Cry out of the exacta. If he shows up with his mind on racing, he could beat his opponents by 10 lengths. He’s that talented.

12-Patch 12/1 – Like Tapwrit, Todd Pletcher trains Patch. My problem with leaving Patch out is that you have no idea which Pletcher horse, Patch or Tapwrit, is going to run a big race. Both are following the pattern that Palace Malice followed in 2013 to win the Test of Champions.

2017 Belmont Stakes Exacta Pick

I’m placing two exacta wagers. The first keys Epicharis over the other 4 horses. The second keys the other 4 horses over Epicharis.

$6 Exacta
11 w/2,3,7,12

$4 Exacta
2,3,7,12 w/11

Total Exacta Cost = $40

2017 Belmont Stakes Morning Line Odds

Irish War Cry 7 3-1
Epicharis 11 7-2
Lookin at Lee 6 9-2
Tapwrit 2 7-1
Gormley 3 8-1
Senior Investment 8 10-1
Meantime 9 15-1
J Boys Echo 4 15-1
Twisted Tom 1 18-1
Multiplier 10 20-1
Patch 12 30-1
Hollywood Handsome 5 40-1