The talented but lightly raced Mindframe will attempt to continue his rapid ascension in the three-year-old division when he leaves the starting gate in the 2024 Belmont Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Mindframe has raced just twice, but he has won his starts by more than 21 lengths combined. On Saturday in the Belmont Stakes 2024, he will make his first start in a stakes race. Mindframe is the 7-2 second choice in the 2024 Belmont Stakes odds. Meanwhile, Kentucky Derby runner-up Sierra Leone is the 9-5 favorite in the 2024 Belmont Stakes lineup. Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan (5-1) and Preakness Stakes winner Seize the Grey (8-1) round out the top four choices among the 2024 Belmont Stakes horses.

Post time is 6:41 p.m. ET. With an accomplished field set to enter the starting gate on Saturday, you'll want to see what SportsLine writer Gene Menez has to say before making any Belmont Stakes picks or horse racing predictions, given the success he's had during this year's Triple Crown.

A former reporter and editor at Sports Illustrated, Menez covered an array of sports, including horse racing, for the magazine and its website for almost 14 years. Between 2010 and 2012, he served as SI's handicapper for the Triple Crown races and correctly predicted Super Saver to win the Kentucky Derby in 2010.

In 2015, while writing for Sports on Earth, Menez accurately gave out the Kentucky Derby superfecta (American Pharoah, Firing Line, Dortmund and Frosted), which paid $1,268.20 for $2. Then in 2017, he tweeted out his Kentucky Derby picks, including Always Dreaming to win, and hit the Pick 4, which paid almost $6,900 on a $1 bet.

In a span of seven races last year for SportsLine, he cashed the winner of the Lecomte Stakes, the exacta in the Southwest Stakes, the winner of the Holy Bull Stakes, the winner of the Sam F. Davis Stakes, and the trifecta in the Jenny Wiley Stakes. He also nailed National Treasure's win in the Preakness. And last month, he gave out 18-1 Mystik Dan as a live longshot in the Kentucky Derby.

For Saturday, Menez has handicapped the 2024 Belmont Stakes field, made his picks and constructed his best bets. You can head to SportsLine now to see them.

Top 2024 Belmont Stakes predictions

One surprise: Menez is completely tossing Mystik Dan, even though he won the Kentucky Derby and finished second in the Preakness Stakes. Mystik Dan has three wins, two seconds and one third in eight career starts. Three weeks ago in the Preakness, he was unable to catch the frontrunning Seize the Grey, who won in wire-to-wire fashion.

Menez thinks Mystik Dan is due for an off race in the Belmont, which will be his third start in five weeks. "I think Mystik Dan will be hard-pressed to produce another top-notch effort," Menez told SportsLine. Menez is not using Mystik Dan in any of his wagers. You can see all of Menez's 2024 Belmont Stakes bets here.

How to make 2024 Belmont Stakes picks

However, Menez's top pick is a horse who will be "right there when the horses hit the wire." He also is high on a double-digit longshot who is coming off a performance that is "better than it looks on paper." He is including these horses in his wagers, and so should you. He's sharing which horses to back at SportsLine.

So who wins Belmont Stakes 2024? What double-digit longshot has a big chance to run well, and how has Menez constructed his wagers? Visit SportsLine to see Menez's picks for the Belmont Stakes, all from the expert who gave out Mystik Dan as a live longshot in the Kentucky Derby, and find out. 

2024 Belmont Stakes odds, contenders, post positions

Prg #HorseOddsProjection
1Seize the Grey8-1SEE PICKS
2Resilience10-1SEE PICKS
3Mystik Dan5-1SEE PICKS
4The Wine Steward15-1SEE PICKS
5Antiquarian12-1SEE PICKS
6Dornoch15-1SEE PICKS
7Protective20-1SEE PICKS
8Honor Marie12-1SEE PICKS
9Sierra Leone9-5SEE PICKS
10Mindframe7-2SEE PICKS