2015 BELMONT STAKES BETTING ODDS
For the third time in four years, Belmont Park will play host to a Triple Crown hopeful when American Pharoah attempts to win the 147th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 6, the final and most demanding leg of the series.
Post positions for the eight-horse field were drawn Wednesday at Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. American Pharoah will come out of the No. 5 post position in Saturday's Belmont Stakes as he tries to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.
Unlike the Preakness Stakes, when trainer Bob Baffert didn't like American Pharoah coming out of the No. 1 post position, there should be no complaints this time as jockey Victor Espinoza should be able to use the horse's tactical speed to place him anywhere he wants in the race. American Pharoah, who arrived at Belmont Park on Tuesday after training in Kentucky the past two weeks, was installed as the 3-5 morning line favorite.
Frosted, the Wood Memorial Stakes winner, was made the second choice at 5-1 coming out of the No. 6 hole. He was a fast-closing fourth in the Kentucky Derby and skipped the Preakness to point to the Belmont. Materiality, a Todd Pletcher trainee who won the Florida Derby this spring, did the same after a sixth-place finish at Churchill Downs and is 6-1 on the morning line. He drew the outside No. 8 post position.
They will face a tall task beating American Pharoah, who dominated the Preakness by seven lengths and appears to have come through the rigorous Triple Crown without much physical wear and tear. The question, of course, is how he will handle the 1 1/2-mile distance, the farthest any of these horses will race in their lives.
What is the Belmont Stakes?
The Belmont Stakes is one of the most famous horse races of the entire year and takes place every June. The race is held at Belmont Park which is located in Elmont, New York and has been running since 1867. The race is one of the Grade 1 Stakes Races that runs every year and is solely for thoroughbred horses that are three years old. The types of horses allowed to run in the race are Colts, Geldings and Fillies and there are weight restrictions for each type of horse that need to be followed.
When the race initially started running in 1867 it took place at Jerome Park Racetrack which is in the Bronx. The race didn't move until the Belmont Park opened in 1905 and the race has since remained at this venue. The race is 1.5 miles long and is truly a test of the horse's endurance. It's the final race counted towards the Triple Crown and is always one of the most watched horse races of the year.
When is the 2015 Belmont Stakes?
The Belmont Stakes is on Saturday, June 6, 2015.
Where is the 2015 Belmont Stakes?
The Belmont Stakes is raced at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
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2015 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival
"For the first time, the New York Racing Association will be expanding Belmont Stakes Day into a multi-day racing festival to kick off the summer season for all New Yorkers," said Christopher Kay, Chief Executive Officer and President. "We are also enhancing our hospitality and entertainment options, and taking additional steps to provide a first-class experience for all of our guests throughout this exciting, three-day event."
The centerpiece of the Festival will be the 147th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, the oldest and longest leg of racing's Triple Crown. This year, the "Test of the Champion" will be supported by a trio of stakes-laden cards worth $10 million.
Kicking off the 2015 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival on Thursday, June 4 will be the $150,000, seven-furlong Intercontinental for turf fillies and mares. The first day of the Festival will also include the 104th running of the 5 ½-furlong Astoria for 2-year-old fillies, with a purse of $250,000.
On Friday, June 5, the Festival moves into high gear with five stakes races and $1.2 million in purses including:
- The Grade 2, $300,000 New York Stakes for turf fillies and mares, going 1 ¼ miles;
- The Grade 2, $250,000 True North Handicap for 4-year-olds and up, going six furlongs;
- The $250,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational for 4-year-olds and up at two miles on the turf;
- The $150,000 Jersey Girl for 3-year-old filly sprinters, going six furlongs;
- The $250,000 Tremont for juveniles, going 5 ½ furlongs.
On Saturday, June 6, the Festival heads down the stretch with a blockbuster card featuring the Belmont Stakes and nine additional stakes races, worth more than $8 million in purses:
- The Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, going 1 ½ miles;
- The Grade 1, $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap, going one mile;
- The Grade 1, $1 million Manhattan Handicap, going 1 ¼ miles on the turf;
- The Grade 1, $1 million Ogden Phipps for fillies and mares, 4-years-old and up, going 1 1/16 miles;
- The Grade 1, $750,000 Acorn Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, going one mile;
- The Grade 1, $700,000 Longines Just a Game Stakes for turf fillies and mares, 4-years-old and up, going one mile;
- The Grade 2, $500,000 Woody Stephens Stakes for 3-year-olds, going seven furlongs;
- The Grade 2, $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational for 4-year-olds and up, going 1 ½ miles;
- The Grade 3, $300,000 Jaipur Invitational for turf sprinters 4-years-old and up, going six furlongs on the turf;
- The $150,000, Easy Goer for sophomores, going 1 1/16-miles.
The Belmont Stakes Festival will encompass 31 races, including 17 stakes and 14 allowance-level races.