The 2020 Belmont Stakes is set to run this Sunday with a field of ten. The race usually concludes the Triple Crown season, but this season it is leading off. Keep reading for the Belmont Stakes betting lines.
Belmont Stakes Lines & Analysis
- Tap It To Win +650
- Sole Volante +750
- Max Player +2300
- Modernist +3000
- Farmington Road +2200
- Fore Left +3000
- Jungle Runner +6000
- Tiz The Law -130
- Dr Post +650
- Pneumatic +1700
Tiz The Law
Tiz the Law is the 6-5 favorite for a reason as he gets set for the first Triple Crown race of his career. The three-year-old colt will be well-rested since he has not run since March 28 when he won the Curlin Florida Derby Grade 1 Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Prior to that, Tiz the Law finished in the winner’s circle by taking the Holy Bull Grade 3 Stakes in February at Gulfstream. Tiz the Law will break from the No. 8 spot at Belmont.
This thoroughbred will be back in action just 10 days after winning the Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream on June 10. Yes, Sole Volante failed to get the win in finishing second at the Lamdholm South Tampa Bay Derby Grade 2 Stakes on March 7, but he did win the Sam F. Davis Grade 3 Stakes in Tampa Bay on February 8. Will the quick turnaround be too much for Sole Volante to overcome? Oddsmakers apparently don’t think so.
After finishing fourth in his final race as a two-year-old last July, Dr Post has gone 2-for-2 this year by winning the Maiden Weight Special at Belmont Park in March and backing that up by winning the Unbridled Stakes at Gulfstream on April 25.
Tap It To Win
Tap It To Win didn’t look like anything special in finishing an identical 10t in his final two races as a two-year-old in 2019, but he’s sure turned it around as a three-year-old by winning the Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream on May 9 and following that up with an even more impressive win at Belmont Park on June 4 in which he finished just .54 of a second off the track record for 1 1/16 miles.
The son of Uncle Mo comes into this Triple Crown event off a third place finish in the Matt Winn Grade 3 Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 23. Prior to that, Pneumatic won in February and April at Oaklawn Park.
Max Player will definitely be well-rested since he hasn’t taken to the track since winning the Withers Grade 3 Stakes at Aqueduct on February 1 after capping off his campaign as a two-year-old by winning a Maiden Weight Special at Parx racing in December.
There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Tap It to Win after his impressive allowance win at Belmont Park, but Modernist isn’t getting much love as the Belmont Stakes approaches. He won a Grade 2 race two starts back, and in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby in his last start, he broke out of the No. 14 post, was 4-wide around the first turn and 3-wide turning for home, and still managed a solid third place finish. He’s going to be on or near the lead, and with a good trip he can hang on for second at a good price.
Farmington Road is a true longshot as he comes into the 2020 Belmont Stakes off a disappointing fourth place finish at the Arkansas Derby on May 2. Prior to that, he finished second at the Oaklawn Stakes in April, a disappointing fourth at Risen Star in February and first in the Maiden Weight Special at Tampa Bay in January.
After finishing third and 10th in his final two races as a two-year-old in 2019, Fore Left picked up a confidence-boosting win at the UAE Two Thousand Guineas on February 6 in his only race of 2020.
Jungle Runner is likely going to be an afterthought in the Belmont Stakes after finishing eighth at the Arkansas Derby in May, fifth at the Mine That Bird Derby in February and eighth at the Smarty Jones Stakes in January!