Belmont Stakes Past Performances
The 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes is today at Belmont Park. One thing the Belmont does have over the Derby is that it is the oldest of the three Triple Crown events. The Belmont predates the Preakness by six years, the Kentucky Derby by eight.
The first running of the Belmont Stakes was in 1867 at Jerome Park, on, believe it or not, a Thursday. At a mile and five furlongs, the conditions included an entry fee of $200, half forfeit with $1,500 added.
Furthermore, not only is the Belmont the oldest Triple Crown race, but it is the fourth oldest race overall in North America. The Phoenix Stakes, now run in the fall at Keeneland as the Phoenix Breeders’ Cup, was first run in 1831. The Queen’s Plate in Canada made its debut in 1860, while the Travers in Saratoga opened in 1864. However, since there were gaps in sequence for the Travers, the Belmont is third only to the Phoenix and Queen’s Plate in total runnings.
Exacta Betting for Belmont Stakes
At the ticket window, pick the two horses that will finish in first and second place in the EXACT order. You win your bet if the horses you pick finish in first and second place in the EXACT order. The minimum amount that can be wagered is $1 but keep in mind that payouts would be paid out at half as the odds are calculated at a $2 bet value.
With an Exacta Box you will win your bet if the horses you pick finish in first and second place in either order with as many horses as you wish.
The minimum amount that can be wagered is $1 per combination. So a 2 horse exacta box at $1 will cost a minimum of $2. A further breakdown:
|$1 exacta box of 3 horses = 6 combinations = $6|
|$1 exacta box of 4 horses = 12 combinations = $12|
|$1 exacta box of 5 horses = 20 combinations = $20|
|$1 exacta box of 6 horses = 30 combinations = $30|
|$1 exacta box of 7 horses = 42 combinations = $42|
|$1 exacta box of 8 horses = 56 combinations = $56|
Exacta boxes they are the most popular method of playing exactas because they are easier to understand and offer the greatest chance of cashing a ticket.
It is important to note that this is not a wise betting strategy simply because all of the horses in the box do not have the same chance of finishing first or second. Your ticket may pay out at a loss.
Because exacta boxes rate each combination in the box as having the exact same probability of winning (which is never the case) they produce a bias in the exacta betting pools. It is this bias that smart bettors look for and try to take advantage of.
Pick a horse to finish either first or second and wheel it in the exacta, you cover every combination so that if your horse finishes in the first or second position, you will have the winning combination.
For example, if you were to play a $1 exacta wheel with a ‘key’ horse of #3 to come first, the #3 horse would have to win and any of 1,2,4,5,6,7,8 would have to finish second in order for you to cash your ticket.
Or, if you think the ‘key’ horse #3 has a better chance of finishing second, you might play a $1 exacta wheel. In this case any horse in the race could win and the 3 horse would have to finish second in order for you to cash your ticket.
Either way, in an eight-horse field it would cost you $7 as you are wagering 7 separate $1 exactas betting horses 3-1, 3-2, 3-4, 3-5, 3-6, 3-7, 3-8 or horses 1-3, 2-3, 4-3, 5-3, 6-3, 7-3, 8-3.
Exactas can also be played as part-wheels where you might play a $1 exacta part-wheel horse #3 with 2, 4, 5 (three possible winning combinations of 3-2, 3-4, 3-5) at a cost of $3. Or you might play the part-wheel the other way, 2, 4, 5 with 3 (also three possible winning combinations of 2-3, 4-3, 5-3) at a cost of $3. Part exacta wheels reduce some of the bias of betting exacta boxes.
Exacta Betting Strategies
Through handicapping you determine horse #5 has a 50% chance of winning the race, horse #6 has a 20% chance of winning and horse #7 has a 10% chance of winning. You will be spending $60 on this race.
You play an exactor box of 5-6-7 which is 6 exactas at $10 each.
|$10 exacta 5-6 = $10|
|$10 exacta 5-7 = $10|
|$10 exacta 6-5 = $10|
|$10 exacta 6-7 = $10|
|$10 exacta 7-5 = $10|
|$10 exacta 7-6 = $10|
You play an exactor part-wheel keying #5 to win with 6, 7 and a second part-wheel with 6, 7 with keying #5 to place which is 4 exactas at $15 each.
|$15 exacta 5-6 = $15|
|$15 exacta 5-7 = $15|
|$15 exacta 6-5 = $15|
|$15 exacta 7-5 = $15|
You play an exactor part-wheel keying #5 to win with 6, 7 and a second part-wheel with 6, 7 with keying #5 to place based on the winning percentages you determined through handicapping: #5 at 50%, #6 at20%, and #7 at 10%.
|$30 exacta 5-6|
|$20 exacta 5-7|
|$6 exacta 6-5|
|$4 exacta 7-5|
Lets break it down by risk vs reward.
The exactor box rates each possible combination as having the same probability of winning, which according to your handicapping is not correct.
The part-wheel in this case is more efficient, leaving out the less probable combinations of 6-7 and 7-6, but still rating both the 6 and 7 horses as having the same probability of winning or finishing second.
Offers the highest risk/reward ratio as determined #5 at 50%, #6 at20%, and #7 at 10%.
You killed it! The race ran exactly as your handicapping said it would – the 5 horse won and the 6 horse ran second. The $2 exacta 5-6 paid $20 so your returns are $10 per dollar wagered. Let’s see your possible payouts:
Option 1. Exactor Box
$10 exacta 5-6 pays $100. $100 – $60 ticket cost = $40 Profit
Option 2. Part Wheel
$15 exacta 5-6 pays $150. $150 – $60 ticket cost = $90 Profit
Option 3. Part Wheel correlated to probabilities.
$30 exacta 5-6 pays $300. $300 – $60 ticket cost = $240 Profit
The final exacta wagering strategy, which places more money on the higher probability combinations as identified by your handicapping.
Due to bias in the exacta pools, it is best to avoid combining favorites or long shots in your exactas. The best payouts are for two medium-priced horses.
Belmont Stakes Odds
|1||Tap It To Win||6-1||John R. Velazquez||Mark E. Casse|
|2||Sole Volante||9-2||Luca Panici||Patrick L. Biancone|
|3||Max Player||15-1||Joel Rosario||Linda Rice|
|4||Modernist||15-1||Junior Alvarado||William I. Mott|
|5||Farmington Road||15-1||Javier Castellano||Todd A. Pletcher|
|6||Fore Left||30-1||Jose Ortiz||Doug O’Neill|
|7||Jungle Runner||50-1||Reylu Gutierrez||Steven M. Asmussen|
|8||Tiz The Law||6-5||Manny Franco||Barclay Tagg|
|9||Dr Post||5-1||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||Todd A. Pletcher|
|10||Pneumatic||8-1||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||Steven M. Asmussen|