Belmont Stakes odds, top predictions 2020: Surprising picks from same expert who's nailed five straight races

The potential 2020 Belmont Stakes field grew shorter last week with the news that Nadal has been retired with a condylar fracture. One of the potential 2020 Belmont Stakes favorites, Nadal's retirement is yet another twist in what has already been a once-in-a-lifetime Triple Crown season. With the altered sequence of the Triple Crown races and the adjusted length of the race itself (going from 1 1/2 miles to 1 1/8 miles), the 2020 Belmont Stakes field could be as wide open as ever. The race runs on Saturday, June 20.

With Nadal out, Florida Derby winner Tiz The Law is now the 2-1 favorite in the most recent 2020 Belmont Stakes odds. Charlatan, whose owners are reportedly considering him for the Woody Stephens Stakes instead of the Belmont, is at 4-1. Before making any horse racing picks, you'll want to see the latest 2020 Belmont Stakes predictions from SportsLine's Jody Demling.

A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling enters the 2020 Belmont Stakes on a major heater on his horse racing picks. He has the picked the winner in five straight races: the Saudi Cup, Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Louisiana Derby and Florida Derby.

This is the same handicapper who hit the Oaks-Derby double at Churchill Downs nine times in the last 11 years. That means he held a ticket with the winners of both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby all but twice in his last 11 tries.

And when it comes to the Belmont, Demling has delivered plenty of memorable paydays. In 2017, he said 5-1 sleeper Tapwrit would beat the heavily-favored Irish War Cry. Demling was spot-on, winning not just his exacta, but also his trifecta and superfecta, which paid out nearly $4,500 on a $2 bet. In 2018 Demling was all-in on Justify to dominate the Belmont, and Justify went wire-to-wire to become just the 13th Triple Crown winner ever.

Now, Demling has released his early picks for the 2020 Belmont Stakes, predicting where every horse will finish. He's sharing all of it at SportsLine.

2020 Belmont Stakes expert predictions

One surprise: Demling says Charlatan, one of the top Vegas favorites who's 3-for-3 in his career, barely hits the board. The son of Speighstown, Charlatan "is super talented" but needs to mature more, according to Demling. He believes Charlatan could be ready to shine later this year, but isn't worth the 4-1 premium you'll need to pay for him right now.

Another curveball: Demling is high on Maxfield, even though he's an underdog at 5-1 Belmont odds 2020. He's a target for anyone looking for a huge payday. Godolphin's undefeated Grade 1 winner, Maxfield captured the May 23 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs after a nearly eight-month layoff. That victory put the son of Street Sense squarely in the Triple Crown mix. 

The Matt Winn Stakes was Maxfield's first start since October 2019, when he captured the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity by an impressive 5 1/2-length margin. Maxfield underwent surgery to have bone chips removed from his ankle and missed the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but he is 100 percent while prepping for the Belmont Stakes. Demling says Maxfield has "a solid shot in the Belmont and will improve as the year goes on."

How to make 2020 Belmont Stakes picks

Demling is high on a double-digit long shot, calling him a terrific closer who will be "flying in the end." He's only sharing which horse to back, and his entire projected 2020 Belmont Stakes leaderboard, here.

Which horse wins the Belmont Stakes 2020? And which double-digit long shot is a must-back? Check out the latest 2020 Belmont Stakes odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Demling's picks for the 2020 Belmont Stakes, and find out. 

2020 Belmont Stakes odds

Tiz the Law 2-1 
Charlatan 4-1
Maxfield 5-1
Dr Post 11-1
Mischevious Alex 12-1
Sole Volante 15-1
Gouverneir Morris 16-1
Honor A.P. 18-1
Max Player 20-1
Farmington Road 22-1
Basin 25-1
Modernist 28-1

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