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Belmont Stakes Betting in Tennessee

The Belmont Stakes is the third and final leg of the Triple Crown. It historically takes place three weeks after the Preakness Stakes and five weeks after the Kentucky Derby. The Belmont takes place every year at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The race’s rich history and long length make watching and betting on the Belmont Stakes an exciting experience for Tennessee residents of all different levels of interest in horse racing.

Where to bet on the Belmont Stakes in Tennessee

While the legalization of sports betting in Tennessee has opened the door for a whole new group of Tennessee residents to legally bet on the sports that they love, horse racing bettors in Tennessee have been able to legally bet on horse racing for decades. The original federal laws that prohibited fixed odds sports betting did not apply to pari-mutuel betting pools like those used for horse racing betting and Belmont Stakes betting. How to bet on the Belmont Stakes

There are pros and cons to both the pari-mutuel style of betting on the Belmont Stakes and the fixed odds format that Tennessee sportsbooks offer. Understanding how both betting styles work will help you make an informed decision on what is best for you come race day.

  • Win: A bet on a horse to win the race.
  • Place: A bet on a horse to finish in first or second place.
  • Show: A bet on a horse to finish in first, second or third place.
  • Exacta: A bet on the exact order of the first place and second place horse.
  • Quinella: A bet on which two horses will finish in first and second place, in any order.
  • Trifecta: A bet on the exact order of the first, second and third place horses.
  • Superfecta: A bet on the exact order of the first, second, third and fourth place horses.

Belmont Stakes facts and records

  • First race: 1867
  • Race track: Belmont Park
  • Location: Elmont, New York
  • Race distance: 1 ½ miles (12 furlongs) since 1926*

*The 2020 Belmont Stakes was run at 1 1/8 miles due to the race being the first of the Triple Crown races in 2020. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes were postponed to September and October 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Most wins by a jockey: Eddie Arcaro and Jim McLaughlin, 6
  • Most wins by a trainer: James G. Rowe Sr., 8
  • Most wins by an owner: Belair Stud and James R. Keene, 6
  • Fastest speed record: Secretariat, 2:24, 1973
  • Largest margin of victory: Secretariat, 31 lengths, 1973

Top 10 biggest upsets in Belmont Stakes history

  1. Creator, 2016, 16/1 — Exaggerator (1/1) looked fantastic in a come-from-behind win in the Preakness Stakes, looking like exactly the type of horse that could wait for the pace to develop to enjoy success in the Belmont Stakes. But it was Creator who emerged from the back of the pack down the stretch, defeating Destin (8/1) by a nose. Lani (12/1) completed a $2 trifecta (13-2-10) that paid out $2,751. The $1 superfecta with Governor Malibu (17/1) in fourth paid $13,967.50.
  1. Commendable, 2000, 18/1 — Commendable took the lead in the 2000 Belmont Stakes with a half mile still remaining in the race. It seemed like only a matter of time before the race’s 9/5 favorite Aptitude would surpass him in the final stretch, but Commendable held on to stun the New York crowd and deliver a big upset as an 18/1 long shot.
  1. Ruler On Ice, 2011, 24/1 — Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom was a 5/2 favorite in the 2011 Belmont Stakes in what was expected to be a competitive 12-horse race with other contenders including the two runners-up at the Kentucky Derby in Nehro (9/2) and Mucho Macho Man (7/1) and the Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford (10/1). But after the dust settled it was Ruler On Ice (24/1), Stay Thirsty (15/1) and Brilliant Speed (10/1) in the top three spots, paying out massive exotic payouts of $928 on the $2 exacta, $8,268 on the $2 trifecta and $37,026 on the $1 superfecta.
  1. Lemon Drop Kid, 1999, 29/1 — Charismatic entered the 1999 Belmont Stakes looking to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the Triple Crown. Jockey Chris Antley pushed the pace too early with Charismatic, leaving the horse without much left in the tank down the stretch as Lemon Drop Kid (29/1) and Vision and Verse (54/1) passed him up for first and second place. A $2 bet on this unlikely 6-2 exacta paid out $1,537.
  1. Pass Catcher, 1971, 34/1 — Canonero II was another Triple Crown hopeful coming off wins in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in 1971. Pass Catcher pushed Canonero for the lead early and won it, opening up a five-length lead on the field. Jockey Walter Blum dropped his whip at the eighth pole, but Pass Catcher still held on for the historic upset.
  1. Birdstone, 2004, 36/1 — Smarty Jones won the 2004 Kentucky Derby and followed that win up with the most dominant win in Preakness history by 11.5 lengths. The 26-year drought in Triple Crown winners seemed sure to end with Smarty Jones as a 2/5 favorite. Smarty Jones led the race with just one furlong to go, but didn’t have enough energy left to hold off a surging Birdstone, who left the crowd of 120,000 in stunned silence.
  1. Da’Tara, 2008, 38/1 — Big Brown’s wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes were so dominant that his win in the Belmont Stakes, like Smarty Jones’ before him, felt like a formality. Big Brown was a 3/10 favorite, and all but one of his opponents (Denis of Cork at 7/1) closed at 14/1 or worse. Kent Desormeaux jockeyed Big Brown to the worst race of his career, and Da’Tara came out on top of a Denis of Cork and Anak Nakal (34/1) trifecta that paid $3,703 on a $2 bet.
  1. Temperence Hill, 1980, 53/1 — In a loaded Belmont Stakes field that included Kentucky Derby winner Genuine Risk, second-favorite Rumbo and Preakness winner Codex, Temperence Hill was a complete afterthought at the betting window going off at 53/1. But on a sloppy track that provided the slow pace that he needed, Temperence Hill surged into the lead down the stretch and pulled off this massive upset.
  1. Sherluck, 1961, 65/1 — Like many of the horses on this list, Sherluck ended a Triple Crown bid in the Belmont Stakes by denying Carry Back the final jewel of the Triple Crown. Sherluck had won only one of 10 races before pulling off this shocking win. Interestingly, Carry Back had a shot at revenge in that October’s Lawrence Realization Stakes at Belmont Park, but Sherluck won again.
  1. Savara, 2002, 70/1 — War Emblem stumbled hard out of the gate and was never able to regain his footing as a 6/5 favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and to complete the Triple Crown. This paved the way for Savara to stun the horse racing world with an upset as a 70/1 underdog. Medaglia d’Oro (16/1), Sunday Break (8/1) and Magic Weisner (7/1) completed a $2 exacta that paid $2,454, a $2 trifecta that paid $25,219 and a $1 superfecta that paid $72,667.

Belmont Stakes FAQ

What makes the Belmont Stakes so difficult to win?

The 1 ½ mile (12 furlong) length of the Belmont Stakes is likely to be the longest race that any of the 3-year-olds that participate in it will ever race in.

One of the biggest factors that goes into whether a horse wins or loses a race is how much energy it has left in the tank for the closing stretch. Horses that use up too much energy on things like fighting for the lead, being bumped or having to go wide are often too taxed to finish strong. The shorter the race, meanwhile, the less energy expenditure matters. A superior horse is likely to overcome a race with some obstacles if it still has energy left to spare.

This is what makes the Belmont’s 12 furlongs so daunting. There just isn’t much room for error as so much energy is necessary to run this race at a high level. A near-perfect trip is necessary to win, which makes upsets a lot more likely than you’d see in other races.

Will the 2020 change to 1 1/8 of a mile be permanent?

It’s still too early to say. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the 2020 Kentucky Derby and Preakness to be postponed, making the Belmont Stakes race the first race of the Triple Crown in 2020. The New York Racing Association decided to hold the race at a shorter distance since it is the lead-off race in the series.

There have been discussions over the years about whether the rigorous length of the Belmont Stakes is good for 3-year-old horses. This discussion is likely to continue ahead of the 2021 Belmont Stakes.

How many horses have had their Triple Crown hopes end in the Belmont Stakes?

Twenty-three horses have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes only to fall short of the Triple Crown with a loss in the Belmont Stakes. Only 13 horses have ever successfully completed the Triple Crown.