Even though the official list of entrants for the 2015 Belmont Stakes will not be released for over a week, Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah is the betting odds on favorite to win the third gem of the Triple Crown at 2/3. That’s where the good news for the 3-year old colt ends as it’s very likely American Pharoah will face some better rested competition.
— Saratoga Slim (@SaratogaSlim) May 17, 2015
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 ½ miles (12 furlongs)
Purse: US $1.5 million – 1st: $800,000
Carpe Diem and Materiality, both faced American Pharoah at the 2015 Kentucky Derby, were pulled from the Preakness by trainer Todd Pletcher to better prepare them for the Belmont and serve as potential Triple Crown spoilers.
Carpe Diem claimed the Grade 1 Blue Stakes and Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby as his last two races before the Kentucky Derby where he finished a disappointing 10th. Materiality fared far better with a sixth place finish in Kentucky, but it was the first loss of his four-race career.
Frosted came in a surprising fourth place in the Kentucky Derby while Mubtaahij finshed eighth.
— NYRA (@TheNYRA) May 17, 2015
Early 2015 Belmont Stakes Betting Odds
- American Pharoah 2/3
- Carpe Diem 6/1
- Frosted 6/1
- Materiality 8/1
- Conquest Curlinate 10/1
- Keen ice 10/1
- Madefromlucky 10/1
- Mubtaahij 15/1
A Closer Look At The Early Belmont Stakes Odds & In-Depth Analysis
American Pharoah 2/3
The Derby and Preakness winner will be the biggest favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown since Big Brown in 2008. If he came out of the Preakness in good order, he should be the odds on favorite to take home the crown.
— Americas Best Racing (@ABRLive) May 16, 2015
The son of Tapit is well-bred to handle the 1 ½ mile Test of Champions on June 6. Frosted did very well to finish fourth in the Kentucky Derby. Another jump and he would have gotten into third. He’s worth a look.
The Todd Pletcher trainee could go gate-to-wire in this if Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah doesn’t push him early. He and American Pharoah are the only speed in the race. You have to consider if you think the lead will be easy.
Carpe Diem 6/1
It’s all about the way he looks. If he gained some flesh and enters the Belmont a bigger horse than he was in the Derby, be assured that he’s going to run much better on June 6 than he did on May 2. If he doesn’t, lie off because it’s unlikely that he’ll get the 1 ½ mile distance of the Belmont.
The UAE Derby winners didn’t show up for the Run for the Roses. It doesn’t mean that like many in here he won’t improve by Belmont Stakes’ time. Still, if you’re going against American Pharoah, Frosted and Materiality look like the ones that you should concentrate on.
UAE Derby winner Mubtaahij worked 5f at Belmont Saturday. His time, 1:01.11, fastest of the day. Pic: Susie Raisher pic.twitter.com/qlvq4W1hXD
— Dubai Racing Club (@DRC_Meydan) May 18, 2015
The Peter Pan winner’s form has come around. The odds are going to be nice, that’s for sure. But, this is a huge step up from the Peter Pan. Could he improve enough to take this? He might be able to.
Keen Ice 10/1
Keen Ice has the looks of a straight closer. The pace may be too soft for the Dale Romans trainee to make much of an impact in the Belmont Stakes.
Conquest Curlinate 10/1
The terrific Mark Casse trains this son of Curlin who made a wonderful move in the Peter Pan to finish second to Madefromlucky. If there’s a pace meltdown, Conquest Curlinate should be right there.