The final chapter in the race for the 2015 Triple Crown will be put to a close on Saturday evening after the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes. For the 2nd straight year, a horse the opportunity to make history and win the Triple Crown, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since Affirmed did it in 1978 (37 years ago). That raises the question: Should you pick American Pharoah for your 2015 Belmont Stakes trifecta bet?
— Jennifer Westhoven (@JenWesthoven) June 4, 2015
A Closer Look At My 2015 Belmont Stakes Trifecta Picks
2015 Belmont Stakes
Date: June. 6, 2015
Start Time: 6:40 p.m. ET
Location: Belmont Park, Elmont, New York
TV Info: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Distance: 1 1⁄2 miles (12 furlongs)
Purse: US $1.5 million – 1st: $800,000
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The key horse for the trifecta has to be someone other than American Pharoah. The reason for this is because just in case American Pharoah doesn’t hit the board, we want to make sure that we get the big win on the trifecta.
Key: Madefromlucky, 12/1
Madfromlucky is the horse to use in all of the trifecta slots. The Todd Pletcher trainee looked great when winning the Grade 2 Peter Pan in his last. Madefromlucky sat near the rear before making a wide move to get to the lead. He drew off in the stretch. It looked like he learned something new in the race. If he improves more off of that victory, he could very well win the Belmont if American Pharoah doesn’t fire. In any case, Madefromlucky should be able to get into one of the trifecta slots.
Other Horses To Pick In Your Trifecta
American Pharoah, 3/5
Leaving the Derby and Preakness winner out of the trifecta makes no sense. He should win the race. The champ has been absolutely stunning since his lone defeat in his very first lifetime race. American Pharoah should win the Belmont and the Triple Crown. When was the last time that we could say that about a horse going into the Belmont Stakes with a shot at glory?
Nick Zito might have taught him enough since the Derby for Frammento to knock up for third. Frammento has some talent. He just needs to put it all together.
Keen Ice, 20/1
Like Frammento, trainer Dale Romans may get this guy to run well enough for third. He’s sort of a must use in the trifecta. Keen Ice made a great move in the Kentucky Derby but he was too far behind the front-runners, had to go wide and had to wait for room, in order to get into the Top 4.
It’s tough to knock the other Pletcher runner for at least a third place finish. I’ve got him finishing second. So, he has to be in the trifecta. He might be the lone speed in the Belmont.
I’m not too sure if he’ll hit he board, but just in case, I’m going to use him.
Post Positions and Morning Line Odds each horse running in the 2015 Belmont Stakes:
|Post Position||Horse||Jockey||Trainer||Morning Line Odds|
|1||Mubtaahij||Irad Ortiz Jr.||Michael de Kock||10-1|
|2||Tale of Verve||Gary Stevens||Dallas Stewart||15-1|
|3||Madefromlucky||Javier Casellano||Todd Pletcher||12-1|
|4||Frammento||Mike Smith||Nick Zito||30-1|
|5||American Pharoah||Victor Espinoza||Bob Baffert||3-5|
|6||Frosted||Joel Rosario||Kiarin McLaughlin||5-1|
|7||Keen Ice||Kent Desormeaux||Dale Romans||20-1|
|8||Materiality||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||6-1|
Belmont Stakes Fun Facts
2:24.00 – Secretariat (1973)
Record Victory Margin:
31 lengths – Secretariat (1973)
Most wins by a jockey:
6 – Jim McLaughlin, Eddie Arcaro
Most wins by a trainer:
8 – James G. Rowe, Sr.
Most wins by an owner:
6 – Belair Stud (1930, 1932, 1935, 1936, 1939, 1955)
6 – James R. Keene (1879, 1901, 1904, 1907, 1908, 1910)