The postponed Belmont Stakes, originally slated for June 6, was held on June 20. The $1 million race, originally slated as a 1 ½ miles track, was reduced to 1 1/8 miles and held before the other legs of the Triple Crown for the first time since 1926.
As was expected by the oddsmakers, as well as the predictions made below by our horse racing experts, the 2020 edition of the Belmont Stakes was won by Tiz The Law - crushing the rest of the field and taking home the $1,000,000 in prize money.
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We look forward to 2021 and hope to see a different affair next year. The lack of fans didn't stop the race from being as thrilling as ever. But without the presence of the spectators, it certainly did take the edge off of things.
Betting on the Belmont Stakes
Tiz the Law leads the 2020 Belmont Stakes field, which could have between eight and 10 runners. Horses like Maxfield, Charlatan, and Nadal have all been injured and withdrawn, leaving Tiz the Law as a clear favorite in the race.
Tiz the Law is already a Grade 1 winner over the track having taken the Champagne Stakes (G1) in October after breaking his maiden at Saratoga by over four lengths despite a rough trip. Trainer Barclay Tagg opted to skip the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita, and Tiz the Law ran at Churchill Downs instead, finishing third in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) behind Silver Prospector. He only missed by a length for the win.
Tiz the Law then came back to the races in 2020 to win both the Holy Bull (G3) by three lengths, and the Curlin Florida Derby (G1) by more than four lengths at Gulfstream Park. Behind him in the Florida Derby (G1) were stakes winners Ete Indien, Independence Hall, and As Seen on Tv.
The connections of Tiz the Law, Tagg, and owners Sackatoga Stable, know a thing about the Belmont: in 2003 their popular New York-bred Funny Cide won the first two legs of the Triple Crown but fell short in the Belmont. Tiz the Law will be looking to do better than that in the 2020 edition. He has just under $1 million in earnings and will be ridden by Manny Franco. Tiz the Law is considered the favorite not only for the Belmont Stakes but also the 2020 Kentucky Derby on September 5.
Belmont Stakes Entries
Trainer Todd Pletcher, who has won the Belmont three times, has two starters in the race. Both Farmington Road and Dr Post are by Quality Road. Farmington Road has one win in six starts. The bay colt was second in the Oaklawn Stakes in April, then fourth in the Arkansas Derby (G1) in May. Javier Castellano will ride.
Dr Post has won two of his three starts and has an upset chance in the Belmont. Irad Ortiz, Jr. will be aboard the stakes winner, who took the Unbridled Stakes at Gulfstream Park on April 25. He runs for the St. Elias Stable. The only knock is that he was fourth as the heavy favorite on his debut here at Belmont last July 4. The horse that beat him that day, Green Light Go, became one of the best juveniles on the year.
Pneumatic, by Uncle Mo, is two for three lifetimes. Steve Asmussen, who won this race in 2016 with Creator, is the trainer of the dark bay colt. He won his first two starts at Oaklawn Park, then ran third in the Matt Winn Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs behind the unbeaten and since injured Maxfield. Ricardo Santana, Jr. is expected to ride.
A lot of bettors will like Max Player, winner of the Grade 3 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct on February 1. The Linda Rice-trainee hasn’t run since then but has been working very well over the track and looks to have made the biggest improvement to date. Linda Rice trains the son of Honor Code for George Hall. He broke his maiden in Pennsylvania at Parx Racing on December 17. He has had two major workouts on the Belmont surface, one over five furlongs on June 3, and the other a six-furlong move June 13. He went the distance in 1:12.25.
In the Withers, Max Player was the fourth choice in a field of eight. He circled five wide around the field, then ran away from front-running Shotski, the favorite, to win by more than three lengths. When he broke his maiden, it was by more than four lengths.
Other possible starters include Sole Volante, Tap It to Win, Jungle Runner, and possibly Modernist. Decisions on both Modernist and Sole Volante are expected before June 17, when entries will be drawn for the famous race.
Belmont Stakes Betting Advice
The Belmont Stakes was inaugurated in 1868 and held at the now-defunct Jerome Park. The race moved to Belmont Park in 1095 and has been held there ever since save for when it was canceled in 1911 and 1912. It is famous as not only the Test of the Champion with its long-distance and extra-long stretch drive but also as the final leg of the Triple Crown.
1 ½ miles is a distance very few American horses run unless they are making their careers on grass, and seldom as a three-year-old. That is why winning the Belmont is so difficult, especially after running in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in the last five weeks. In 2020, the Kentucky Derby will be 2 ½ months after the Belmont, and the Preakness a month after that.
There have been 13 Triple Crown winners to date: Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978), American Pharoah (2015), and Justify (2018). Trainer Bob Baffert won the last two Triple Crowns.
The 1920 Belmont Stakes was won by the mighty Man o’ War, considered by some to still be the greatest racehorse of all time. He took the race by 20 lengths and set a new track record.
More recently, the filly Rags to Riches won over future superstar racehorse and stallion Curlin in 2007. She was the third and most recent filly to win after Ruthless in 1867 and Tanya in 1905. Trainer Bob Baffert brought Triple Crown prospects Silver Charm, Real Quiet, and War Emblem in with a chance to win the Triple in 1997, 1998, and 2002, but all three horses just missed in their bids. Since then, Baffert has won the Triple Crown twice.
Other horses who got close to winning the Triple Crown but fell short include Funny Cide (2003), who lost to Empire Maker, Smarty Jones (2004), who lost to Birdstone, and Big Brown (2008), who lost to Da’Tara. I’ll Have Another had a chance to win it in 2012 but was scratched the morning before the race.
Blowout wins of late have included Point Given by 12 1/4 lengths in 2001, and Afleet Alex by seven lengths in 2005. Both of them had won the Preakness impressively, with Point Given finishing fifth in the Kentucky Derby and Afleet Alex third.
The trainer with the most wins in James Rowe, Sr. Jim McLaughlin, and Eddie Arcaro each have six wins as jockeys. The record for the race is still Secretariat’s 2:24 flat.
The winner of the Belmont is draped in carnations, and the pre-race song is Frank Sinatra’s “Theme from New York, New York,” which is popular for the crowd to sing before the horses go to the gate. In 2020, there will be no fans in attendance.
Belmont Stakes Races
There are a total of six major stakes races on the Belmont Stakes program June 20. Aside from the Belmont Stakes itself, there is the $300,000 Acorn Stakes (G1) for three-year-old fillies, the $250,000 Jaipur Invitational Stakes (G1) for older sprinters on the grass, the $250,000 Woody Stephens (G1) for sprinters, the $150,000 Pennine Ridge (G2) going a mile for three-year-olds, and the $150,000 Wonder Again (G3) for grassy sophomore fillies.
The Acorn Stakes has recently been won by top horses such as Monomoy Girl and Abel Tasman. Last year Guarana outlasted Kentucky Oaks heroine Serengeti Empress to the wire in an epic renewal. It was the fastest Acorn Stakes in history.
The Woody Stephens has produced many future top sires, such as Munnings in 2009 and Bayern in 2014. The latter went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) over Shared Belief and California Chrome.
The Wonder Again wasn’t inaugurated until 2014 but was quickly established when the great Lady Eli won the 2015 edition. Trainer Chad Brown has won the race three times in six years.
The Jaipur was won last year by World of Trouble after Disco Partner won the race two years in a row. Trainer Christophe Clement won the race from 2016 through 2018 with not only Disco Partner but also Pure Sensation. Juddmonte Farms has won the race twice, in 2002 and 2008.
Other races used to be part of a blockbuster card, such as the Metropolitan Handicap (G1), better known as the Met Mile, the Manhattan Stakes (G1), the Just a Game (G1), and the True North (G2). Those races have been moved to June 27 or July 4, spreading out the major card to several different weekends.
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