Long Shots To Win The 2014 Belmont StakesJosh Bailey
With the 2014 Belmont Stakes just days away from getting underway, you need to know just which long shot horses have the best chance of upsetting the apple cart and coming up with a potentially historic finish for the ages.
Thanks to this fun-filled look at the half-dozen horses with the longest odds in this weekend’s third leg of the Triple Crown, you’re about to find out just which thoroughbreds you may like to place a wager on this Saturday, June 7.
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)
I’ve already gone on record to say that I believe one of the three, 20-1 underdogs will come in fourth place at the very least to complete a lot of bettors’ superfectas on Saturday.
Having said that, it’s not uncommon to see an even longer shot pay even bigger dividends. In 2004, Birdstone cashed in as a whopping 36/1 underdog and in 2008 Da’ Tara brought home the bacon by paying a whopping $38.50 for the win. Of course, no mount has cashed in quite like 2002 Belmont Stakes winner, Sarava. The thoroughbred stunned the horse racing industry that year as a whopping 70/1 afterthought.
Now, let’s take a look at the pedigree horses that could potentially ‘shock the world’ this year.
My Long Shots To Win The 2014 Belmont Stakes are:
Medal Count 20-1
This mount started off the year by winning his first race in 2014. The three-year-old colt also won at the same track in April before finishing an impressive second at Keeneland later that month. Medal Count finished a disappointing eighth in the Kentucky Derby last month but didn’t run at the Preakness so he’ll be well-rested, not to mention he’s running out of the No. 1 post position in the Belmont Stakes.
No. 10 post General A Rod 20-1
General a Rod finished fourth at the Preakness Stakes last month after finishing a disappointing 11th at the Kentucky Derby earlier in May. General A Rod did manage to finish a respective, first, second and third in his first trio of races this year, though all three came at Gulfstream Park. General A Rod will run the Belmont Stakes from the No. 10 post position.
This 3-year-old colt finished second at the Peter Pan-G2 on May 10th but has been wildly inconsistent this year with finishes of 6th, 3rd, sixth again and second, the last time out. Commissioner will run from the No. 8 post position.
This thoroughbred has a prime post position for the Belmont Sakes (No. 3) but has not finished higher than third in three races this year. This colt did manage to garner a fourth place finish at the Peter Pan-G2 last month.
The three-year-old colt didn’t run at the Preakness after finishing fifth at the Kentucky Derby last month. Samraat will run the Belmont Stakes from the No. 7 post position. Samraat won his first two races of 2014 before a second place finish at Aqueduct just prior to the Kentucky Derby.
Samraat got here about five minutes ago from #Aqueduct says Rick Violette. He's been training well at his Queens base.
— NYRA (@TheNYRA) June 4, 2014
This colt will run from the No.6 post position after nabbing just one win in eight career starts.
My Pick: I’m going with Medal Count to push for a top-three finish before finding his way into fourth.