2013 Belmont Stakes Tips

At the bottom of this page is our Belmont Stakes tip for the race and other tips regarding the finishing order.

Before that however it is worthwhile to study the pointers as these are designed to focus the mind before making a final selection.

It is all strongly suggested that careful study is made on the antepost betting market for the race. Belmont Stakes odds will change regularly when news arrives about how a horse is performing and the state of its health etc. These factors often create situations when a horse can drift and move in the market.

Jockey Bookings

The 1½ mile distance of the Belmont Stakes is the only time it is used during the year on dirt. Therefore it should be obvious that not all jockeys will have the experience of such a long race on such an enormous oval circuit that exists at Belmont Park. Patience is always the key for jockeys in this race and over the years many have lost the race before it has properly began. Those with more experience usually wait until they have reached the 10 furlong marker before making their move.

Punters are therefore advised to seek out jockeys who have ridden the complete Belmont Circuit in the past, particularly those with winning experience. Gary Stevens, Edgar Prado, Jeremy Rose, Fernando Jara, John Velazquez and Alan Garcia are all jockeys who are likely to have rides this year and all have been recent winners. Prado has in fact been on the winning horse twice in the last seven years.

Breeding

It is essential to look for signs in the horse's breeding for the abilty for a runner to stay the 1½ mile distance of the Belmont Stakes. Although this does not always follow, it certainly helps. The trainers themselves will have a good idea if their runners will cope with the trip so it will be vital to read what they have to say. A horse's condition on race day will be the deciding factor usually, but it will only be well conditioned if it has been trained to conserve its energy for the final onslaught in the straight.

Style Of Running

Horses who get themselves well placed at the front at the beginning of the race horses usually do well in the Belmont Stakes. Winners of the race are often those that have stayed in contact and have only a few lengths to make up in the final stretch. This style will not suit Mind That Bird for instance who has come from last place to challenge in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes FREE Bet on this year's tip


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