2019 Belmont predictions: Expert picks for win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, superfecta
Tacitus and War of Will are the favorites, but does our expert think they can win?
Ten three-year-old horses get their final shot at Triple Crown glory on Saturday when they enter the starting gate for the 2019 Belmont Stakes. The Belmont Stakes 2019 completes an eventful Triple Crown season that began with 65-1 long shot Country House winning the Kentucky Derby via disqualification. Two weeks later, War of Will prevailed in the Preakness Stakes and Bodexpress ran without a jockey. Wood Memorial winner Tacitus is the 5-2 favorite in the current 2019 Belmont Stakes odds, with War of Will hot on his heels at 9-2. War of Will and Tacitus will face eight other 2019 Belmont Stakes horses in a highly competitive field. At 1 1/2-miles, the Belmont is the longest Triple Crown race and has earned the nickname the "Test of the Champion." Neither Tacitus nor War of Will can capture the elusive Triple Crown, but the race is a prime opportunity for those 2019 Belmont Stakes contenders to cement their legacy with a victory at this storied track in front of a worldwide audience. Post time for the final jewel of the Triple Crown is 6:48 p.m. ET.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of one of the most hotly-anticipated Belmont Stakes. In 1989, Sunday Silence won the Kentucky Derby and then out-nosed Easy Goer in a scintillating stretch drive to capture the Preakness. Sunday Silence entered the Belmont trying to become horse racing's 12th Triple Crown winner. However, the regally-bred Easy Goer, whom many East Coast observers thought was the better horse, got his revenge in the Belmont, winning by a dominating eight lengths.
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 top 2019 Belmont picks possible.
A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling comes into the 2019 Belmont on an incredible handicapping hot streak. Two years ago, he correctly picked Tapwrit, a 5-1 underdog, to upset Irish War Cry, the 5-2 favorite. He also put Tapwrit on top of his exotics and hit the superfecta, which paid out almost $4,500 on a $2 bet.
Last year at Belmont Park, he was all over Justify, jockey Mike Smith and Baffert to make horse racing history. Anyone who followed Demling's lead cashed in.
Demling is at his best in the biggest horse races in the world. He has hit nine of the last 11 Kentucky Oaks-Derby Doubles at Churchill Downs. That means he held a ticket with the winners of both races all but twice in the last 11 years. He's also called nine of the last 15 Preakness winners, keenly understanding when the Kentucky Derby winner was poised for victory or a massive upset.
In addition to his success in major races, Demling has called the winners of the Haskell Invitational, Pennsylvania Derby, Lecomte Stakes, Arkansas Derby, Robert B. Lewis Stakes and Louisiana Derby, just to name a few. He nailed the superfecta at this year's Pegasus World Cup for a $678 payout on a $1 bet. He also nailed the winner, exacta, trifecta and superfecta in the Black Eyed Susan the day before the Preakness this year. Anyone who has followed him is up huge.
Here's a refresher on those bet types from horse racing guru Jody Demling:
Exacta: Pick the first- and second-place finishers in the correct order. This paid $89 on a $2 bet last year with Justify and Gronkowski.
Trifecta: Pick the first-, second- and third-place finishers in the correct order. This paid $229.74 on a $1 bet last year with Justify, Gronkowski and Hofburg.
Superfecta: Pick the first-, second-, third- and fourth-place finishers in the correct order. This paid $1,051.50 on a $1 bet last year with Justify, Gronkowski, Hofburg and Vino Rosso.
While Demling has no quibbles with the favorite status of Tacitus (9-5), he plans to hold tickets with War of Will (2-1), plus two double-digit underdogs.
Demling has specific recommendations for win, place, show, trifecta and superfecta wagers so you can cover all your bases at the Belmont Stakes 2019. And 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 win, place and show as well as his trifecta and superfecta bets for the 2019 Belmont.
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