Belmont Stakes Early Betting Odds
Anytime a three-year-old thoroughbred posts a victory in the first two legs of the Triple Crown horse racing season, the third and final leg, which is the Belmont Stakes, takes on a whole new meaning. This year’s Belmont will be run on Saturday, June 6, at Belmont Park in Elmont New York, and the field of contenders to end American Pharoah’s run towards history is already taking shape.
Trained by Bob Baffert are ridden by Victor Espinoza, American Pharoah followed up his dramatic one-length victory in this year’s Kentucky Derby in a field of 18 three-year olds with a comfortable seven-length victory in this past Saturday’s Preakness Stakes in a much smaller field of eight horses.
With almost three weeks until the running of the Belmont Stakes, the field for the third and toughest test is far from set, but it’s already taking shape. Early betting odds have been released for the horses that are expected to run in this race, with American Pharoah at the top of the list at 4/5.
The last time a horse won all three races that make up the Triple Crown was all the way back in 1978 when Affirmed accomplished one of the rarest feats in sports. Looking back at the long and time-honored history of this racing series, there have only been 11 three-year-old thoroughbreds to lay claim to an elusive Triple Crown title. Going back to the year 2002, there have been seven horses that have won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes only to fail to bring home the title in the 1 ½-mile Belmont Stakes, which is the longest and most grueling test of the three races. You would have to believe that the odds still remained stacked against American Pharoah to end this drought no matter which horses he will have to face in this race.
There is a pair of three-year-olds on the list with the next best odds to win the Belmont at 6/1, starting with Frosted. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and ridden by Joel Rosario, this horse punched his ticket to this year’s Kentucky Derby by winning the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 4. He went off from the 15thpost in the Kentucky Derby at 15/1 odds and almost finished in the money behind American Pharoah, Firing Line and Dortmund. Frosted skipped the Preakness Stakes, so he should be well-rested for the challenge to beat the favorite this time around.
The other horse at 6/1 betting odds is Materiality. This is another contender that should be ready to go for the Belmont after skipping the Preakness. Trained by Todd Pletcher, this colt made his mark in the Kentucky Derby prep race season with a victory in the Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 28. He started from the third post in the Kentucky Derby at 12/1 odds and ended up sixth in the field of 18.
One of Pletcher’s other expected entries in the Belmont Stakes is Carpe Diem at 10/1 betting odds. He was one of the most highly-touted contenders for the Kentucky Derby after American Pharoah and Dortmund as an 8/1 third-favorite at post time, but much of the hype surrounding this horse has died down after finishing well down the list in 10th place in that race. He was also held out of the Preakness to further prepare for a better run in the Belmont.
Moving down the list of possible contenders for the Belmont Stakes is Keen Ice at 12/1 odds. This will be his second Triple Crown race after passing on the Preakness. Trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Kent Desormeaux, this colt first caught bettor’s attention with a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds in late February. He finished just out of the money by taking fourth in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby on March 28 at Fair Grounds and starting from the 14th post in the Kentucky Derby at 50/1 odds, he ended up seventh in that race.
***Covers Experts is your home for betting the Triple Crown. Big Al McMordie nailed American Pharaoh to win both of the first 2 legs and also cashed the exacta in the Preakness. Stay tuned for a full Belmont Stakes card***
Power Sports 8-0 in Conf. Finals!
Covers Expert Power Sports has now started the NHL & NBA Conference Finals with 8 straight wins! Tampa Bay's win on the ice last night brought Power's NHL tally to 5-0. The Cleveland + Under combination on the hardwood made it a 3-0 NBA run.
The undefeated streak is put to the test tonight, with double-barrel Western Conference Finals action:
8:00 PM ET: Anaheim vs. Chicago (Blackhawks -135, O/U 5)
9:00 PM ET: Houston vs. Golden State (Warriors -10, O/U 219.5)
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Crowne Plaza Invitational
After a runaway win at the Wells Fargo Championship by Rory McIlroy, the PGA Tour heads to the Lone Star State for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. The Colonial has had it share of exciting finishes as in the last nine years, four have been decided by a sudden death playoff including last year when Adam Scott defeated Jason Dufner on the second playoff hole while four others decided by just one stroke. Don't be surprised to see another close finish this year.
Colonial Country Club has hosted this event since the tournament's inception in 1946, making it the second oldest PGA Tour event still being played at its original site with the Masters at Augusta National being the oldest. Colonial remains a shot-maker's course. A long drive is nice, but to win Colonial, a golfer must have a skillful touch on his approach and on the greens. Ben Hogan, who is memorialized all over Colonial, once said, "A straight ball will get you in more trouble at Colonial than any course I know."
After playing holes no. 1 and 2, Colonial jumps into a three-hole stretch referred to as the "Horrible Horseshoe", the three most difficult holes on the golf course that are shaped, well, like a horseshoe. After this, the track lightens up and players can go low here. Over the last nine years, the winner has achieved -12 or better eight times with the four-day record being -21. The exception was last year when Scott and Dufner finished at -9 but expect to see lower scores this year.
The field is a good one as usual despite going up against the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour's flagship event. Masters winner Jordan Spieth and defending champion Adam Scott headline a field that features eight of the top 35 players in the world. The odds are not good for Scott and not only because he is not playing well but there has not been a repeat winner here since Ben Hogan won consecutive titles in 1952 and 1953.
2015 Record to date after 18 events: +57.95 Units
Hyundai Tournament of Champions -5 Units
Humana Challenge +24 Units
Waste Management Phoenix Open -5 Units
Farmers Insurance Open +8.5 Units
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am +18 Units
Northern Trust Open -5 Units
Honda Classic -5 Units
WGC-Cadillac Championship +16 Units
Valspar Championship -5 Units
Arnold Palmer Invitational -5 Units
Valero Texas Open +19 Units
Shell Houston Open +23 Units
The Masters -6 Units
RBC Heritage -5 Units
Zurich Classic of New Orleans +5.45
WGC Match Play Championship -5 Units
THE PLAYERS Championship -5 Units
Wells Fargo Championship -5 Units
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This Week's Best Spot Bets
Spot bets are classic handicapping practices that have proven profitable no matter what sport you're betting. Whether it's a team looking past this week's opponent, one coming off a hard-fought victory, or a rough patch of schedule, bettors can find value picking their spots. Covers Expert Ben Burns points out his favorites:
The San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies will play two on Saturday, May 23. This double header between National League West rivals will be just the third double dip of the season and one of only eight scheduled for the 2015 campaign.
While baseball bettors will know the probable pitching matchups days in advance, you may want to see how much bullpen is burned through in Game 1 before betting on the side or total for Game 2 Saturday. Coors Field is always a tough place to play on regular rest, due to the thin air, but San Francisco could be playing on fumes by the time the second game starts at 9:10 p.m. ET.
If you’re not sick and tired of hearing about "Deflate Gate" by now, just wait until Week 6 of the NFL season when the whistle-blowing Indianapolis Colts – the team that reportedly snitched on the New England Patriots for using illegal balls – host the league’s most hated team in a rematch of the AFC Championship.
But before the bad blood starts boiling over in Lucas Oil Stadium, Andrew Luck and crew visit the Houston Texans on Thursday night in Week 5. Sure, Houston isn’t winning any shootouts with the Colts anytime soon but this defense will be looking to set the tone for the AFC South. Indianapolis is caught in a tough lookahead spot with this game set as an early pick’em before the rematch with the Pats.
Like cats and dogs, the Los Angeles Dodgers are back at it with the San Francisco Giants this week, playing a three-game set in the Bay Area starting Tuesday concluding with a massive showdown between the teams' respectivce aces on Thursday.
The Dodgers send Clayton Kershaw to the mound to counter Giants star Madison Bumgarner, in a game that goes off at 3:45 p.m. ET. Los Angeles doesn’t get much time to settle down from that heated rivalry, returning home to host the San Diego Padres Friday. Be cautious of L.A. and a possible letdown spot in Game 1 of that set.
***Ben Burns is red-hot in May, posting a 62-30 record with +$24,569 earned***
11-0 Playoff Run by AAA Sports!
Covers Expert AAA Sports continued his playoff domination last night by nailing the over in Tampa Bay vs. New York. This added another W to a crazy run that has seen him cash 11 straight winners in NHL and NBA postseason action. Game 1 of the much anticipated Houston vs. Golden State Western Conference Final goes tonight, and AAA has locked in two strong plays:
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- AAA Sports
- May 22, 2015 - 8:30 PM
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- top bet @ -1 -105 Atlanta
1* Free Play Atlanta Hawks.
I released a free play on the Hawks in Game 1, who looked fantastic in the first half, only to fall apart and implode in the second. It obviously goes without saying that Atlanta can pretty much kiss its championship hopes goodbye if it falls into a 2-0 hole heading back to Cleveland. So in a do-or-die game like this, I think the No. 1 seed is going to find a way to get the job done at the end of the night. Note that LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are now both battling ankle injuries. DeMarre Carroll is listed as day-to-day for the Hawks. Cleveland would need a career high 28 points from JR Smith to prevail in Game 1, but note that not a single other bench player even got a point for the Cavaliers; I think the visitors lack of depth combined with the injuries to key players will prove to be the difference in Game 2. Consider a second look at ATLANTA.
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