Updated 2022 Belmont Stakes Day Betting Odds, Predictions: Our Top Undercard Picks, Exotic Wagers & Best Bets for 6 Saturday Featured Races
Al Bello/Getty Images. Pictured: Horses leave the starting gate in the 2021 Belmont Stakes.
- Welcome to Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
- Analyst Mike Conti breaks down the heart of the card, including the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes.
- Check out below where he has landed, including his betting angles for the Triple Crown event.
Updated 2022 Belmont Stakes Odds
*As of 6:05 p.m. ET
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We have reached the final leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown campaign, with all eyes focused Belmont Park for Saturday’s 154th running of the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, N.Y.
Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike headlines the eight-horse field heading to the starting gate. We the People, who will be ridden by jockey Flavien Prat, is the morning-line favorite at 2-1 odds for trainer Rodolphe Brisset. Also among the top contenders is Wood Memorial winner Mo Donegal, who gets jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., in the saddle for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Other notable entries with betting value include No. 4 Nest (8-1) and No. 8 Barber Road at 10-1 odds.
The Belmont, which is the third and final leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, will feature eight of the top 3-year-old horses in the world going 1 1/2 miles on the massive dirt track. Post time for the race is set for 6:44 p.m. ET, with NBC providing the TV coverage starting at 5 p.m. ET for the featured race.
Earlier races on the highly anticipated Belmont Stakes Day card will air on Fox Sports 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET, then switch to CNBC from to 3-5 p.m. ET for more coverage. You can also stream the races on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and Peacock Premium.
Action Network handicapper Mike Conti has broken down Saturday’s exciting lineup of races, unveiling his top picks and favorite exotic wagers.
That said, let’s take a look at where he’s landed with his featured bets.
Our Top Picks for Saturday’s Card
Race 6 — Woody Stephens Stakes
Distance: Seven Furlongs
Post Time: 2:22 p.m. ET
No. 1 Jack Christopher (1-2) is a perfect 3-for-3 lifetime and far and away — as his morning line odds suggest — the classiest horse in this race. While he’s an extremely short price, sometimes you just have to eat the chalk and that’s the case in this spot.
Conti’s Bets: Daily Double (Races 6 & 7) — 1 | 1
Pick 3 (Races 6-7-8) — 1 | 1 | 4-5-11-13
A spot in the Longines @BreedersCup Distaff is on the line as Letruska & Malathaat are set to square off in Saturday's G1 Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park! #WinAndYoureIN
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Race 7 — Ogden Phipps Stakes
Distance: 1 1/16 Miles
Post Time: 3:05 p.m. ET
No. 1 Letruska (6-5) has won 19 of 25 starts. She should dominate in this five-horse field. Letruska has won both starts of her 6-year-old campaign and there doesn’t appear to be much pace pressure for her in this race. Similar to Jackie’s Warrior on Friday, she should easily win this race.
Conti’s Bets: Win — No. 1 Letruska (6-5)
Pick 5 (Races 7-8-9-10-11) — 1 | 4-5-11-13 | 2-4 | 2-9 | 1-3-6
Race 8 — Jaipur Stakes
Distance: Six Furlongs
Post Time: 3:53 p.m. ET
No. 5 Arrest Me Red (5-2) was our top pick on Derby Day in the Turf Spring and was able to get the job done. Similarly, he’s the top pick here and has won four of his last five starts. He’s a perfect 3 for 3 at the distance and a 1 for 1 over this turf course.
Arrest Me Red also has one of the best Beyer Speed figures last time out. He should relish the additional half furlong and win going away.
Live Contenders for Exotic Wagering
No. 4 Casa Creed (9-2) is getting back to his favorite turf course, where he has two wins from three starts. While he hasn’t won since 2021, his last win was in this race two years ago. Casa Creed ois a horse that needs pace to run into, which doesn’t bode well for him here. However, he has been training exceptionally well leading into this race.
No. 13 Gregorian Chant (8-1) ran a superb third verses Arrest Me Red last time out in the Turf Spring. That was his second start off the bench, and while he was caught late for second place, this race doesn’t have as much pace and that bodes well for him. Gregorian Chant has three wins from four tries on the turf at this distance. At a price, you can’t leave him off your tickets.
No. 11 Chasing Artie (15-1) is the longshot play. Last time out, he stumbled badly at the start, giving him virtually no chance to in the race. In an event without much pace, Chasing Artie stands a chance at a big price.
Conti’s Bets: Win — No. 5 Arrest Me Red
Daily Double (Races 8 & 9) — 4-5-11-13 | 2-4
Race 9 — Metropolitan Handicap
Distance: One Mile
Post Time: 4:43 p.m. ET
No. 2 Speaker’s Corner (8-5) has done nothing wrong in his four-year season, sitting at a perfect 3 for 3 in his campaign. While No. 1 Flightline (3-5) is the morning-line betting favorite, Speaker’s Corner has proven himself over this track, going a perfect 2 for 2 and has beaten older horses. That is something Flightline has never done entering this race.
Live Contender for Exotic Wagering
No. 4 Happy Saver (8-1) has never missed the board in nine career starts. He will sit just off the pace set by either Flightline or Speaker’s Corner. And if those two get in a duel up front, he will be there late to pick up the pieces.
Conti’s Bets: Win — No. 2 Speaker’s Corner (8-5)
Daily Double (Races 9 & 10) — 2 | 2
Race 10 — Manhattan Stakes
Distance: 1 1/4 Miles
Post Time: 5:38 p.m. ET
No. 2 Gufo (3-1) has never missed the board in six career starts on the Belmont turf course. He encounters his foe, Highland Chief, again, but there appears to be more pace for Gufo to run into than last time out. Gufo, who has run bigger than a 100 Beyer Speed figure in his last two starts, is a model of consistency. I expect him to continue that kind of effort at a decent price.
Live Contender for Exotic Wagering
No. 9 Santin (7-2) has three wins and two seconds from six career starts. He’s a horse who should appreciate the additional distance here. Santin has continued to show improvement during his 4-year-old season and should be on or just off the pace, which bodes well on the Inner Turf course.
Conti’s Bets: Win — No. 2 Gufo
Race 11 — Belmont Stakes
Distance: 1 1/2 Miles
Post Time: 6:44 p.m. ET
No. 6 Mo Donegal (5-2) was extremely wide in the stretch in the Kentucky Derby. He won’t have that issue in this event since there are only eight horses in the race.
Mo Donegal one of only three horses to win over this Belmont track and bred to get the distance. In addition, he’s paired his last two Beyer Speed figures, which means he’s ready to pop an all-time best, which would beat this field.
Nest will attempt to become the 4th filly to come away victorious the Belmont Stakes on Saturday!
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Race 11, 6:44PM ET
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Live Contenders for Exotic Wagering
No. 3 Nest (8-1) is the only filly in the field. She’s coming off a second in the Kentucky Oaks last time out, which was over a fast, wet track. She’s another contender who has a win over the track and is bred for the distance.
While fillies face a tall task any time they face the boys, it’s also difficult — for whatever reason — for the boys to pass a filly when she’s in front. Without much pace here, she should get the first jump sitting just off the pace of the deep closers. And if that happens, look for her to cross the wire in front at a nice price.
No. 1 We the People (2-1) is the pace of the race in an event that doesn’t have much pace. If he’s able to get an uncontested, easy lead, he could take this field gate to wire. Regardless, he appears to be in contention late and should figure in the exotics.
Conti’s Bets: Win — No. 6 Mo Donegal (5-2)
Exacta Box — 1 | 3 | 6
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