Post positions are critical in any horse race, but especially when there’s as much on the line as there will be Saturday in the 2021 Belmont Stakes. Drawing an inside position brings in the possibility of getting pinched all the way to the back before the only turn at Belmont Park, while drawing an outside position means a horse must travel farther to get to the finish line. The 2021 Belmont Stakes post positions were announced on Tuesday, and it will be Bourbonic leaving from the inside rail, while Overtook will break from post No. 8.
Bourbonic is listed at 15-1 in the latest 2021 Belmont Stakes odds, while Overtook is a 20-1 long shot. Can they challenge 2-1 favorite Essential Quality, who drew the No. 2 position, when the 6:49 p.m. ET post time arrives on Saturday? With so much to consider before Saturday’s race, a little expert help can go a long way before making your 2021 Belmont Stakes picks.
The Belmont Stakes 2021 will be the 153rd edition of this historic event, making it the oldest Triple Crown race. And with a distance of 1.5 miles, the Belmont Stakes is also the longest of the three Triple Crown races. It’s often referred to as the “Test of the Champion” because it requires endurance, pace and grittiness to be victorious at Belmont Park.
After winning the Belmont Stakes, the victor is draped with a blanket of white carnations before stepping into the winner’s circle. Last year, Tiz the Law won at Belmont Park as the 6-5 favorite. Betting favorites have dominated at the Belmont Stakes over the years. In fact, betting favorites have won the Belmont Stakes a whopping 42 percent of the time.
Given all the history, there’s a method to picking which horses to focus on for exacta, trifecta, and superfecta bets in a Belmont Stakes like this, and SportsLine’s Jody Demling knows what it is. He can help you make the best 2021 Belmont Stakes picks possible.
A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling enters the Belmont Stakes 2021 after a major heater in 2020: At one point last year, he picked the winners of six straight races: the Saudi Cup, Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Louisiana Derby, Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes.
At last year’s Belmont, Demling said Tiz the Law was clearly the class of the field, and Barclay Tagg’s horse pulled away for a convincing 3 3/4-length victory. In 2018, he was all over Justify, jockey Mike Smith, and trainer Bob Baffert to make horse racing history at Belmont Park. The result: Justify became just the 13th Triple Crown winner ever, and anyone who followed Demling’s lead cashed in too.
Demling is at his best in the biggest horse races in the world. He has hit nine of the last 13 Derby-Oaks doubles at Churchill Downs. That means he held a ticket with the winners of both races all but four times in the last 13 years. He’s also called nine of the last 17 Preakness winners, keenly understanding when the Kentucky Derby winner was poised for victory or a massive upset. Anyone who has followed him is up huge. Now, he’s sharing all of his 2021 Belmont Stakes bets here.
Top 2021 Belmont Stakes expert picks
Here’s a refresher on how to bet the Belmont 2021 from SportsLine’s Jody Demling:
Exacta: Pick the first- and second-place finishers in the correct order. A $2 exacta returned $19.60 at the 2020 Belmont Stakes with Tiz the Law and Dr. Post.
Trifecta: Pick the first-, second- and third-place finishers in the correct order. A $0.50 trifecta returned $49.75 at the 2020 Belmont Stakes with Tiz the Law, Dr. Post and Max Player.
Superfecta: Pick the first-, second-, third- and fourth-place finishers in the correct order. A $0.10 superfecta returned $55.65 at the 2020 Belmont Stakes with Tiz the Law, Dr. Post, Max Player and Pneumatic.
While Demling has no quibbles with the favorite status of Essential Quality (2-1), he plans to hold tickets with Hot Rod Charlie (7-2), Rock Your World (9-2) and one of the biggest long shots in the entire field. You can see his picks here.
How to make 2021 Belmont Stakes bets
Demling has specific recommendations for exacta, trifecta and superfecta wagers so you can cover all your bases at the Belmont Stakes 2021. He’s sharing them over at SportsLine.
So which horses do you take? And in what combinations? Visit SportsLine to get Demling’s picks for exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets for the 2021 Belmont Stakes.