Belmont Stakes 2014: Updated Odds, Prop Bets and Viewing Info for Race

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 25, 2014

Riders excercise horses on the track at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., early Wednesday, May 21, 2014. California Chrome arrived in New York on Tuesday to begin preparations for his bid to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Seth Wenig/Associated Press

Perhaps you have heard there is a major horse race on the horizon.

California Chrome, who already captured the Kentucky Derby and Preakness titles, is trying to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, when Affirmed accomplished the incredible feat. California Chrome's assistant trainer, Alan Sherman, discussed his horse’s chances at the Belmont Stakes, via Ed Zieralski of the San Diego Union-Tribune:

It’s amazing but I think he just keeps getting stronger. He keeps bouncing out of these races so fast it’s kind of scary actually. He’s just doing so good. Right now, I’ve got no concerns on the way he’s training and feeling so everything is going perfect right now, knock on wood. 

Las Vegas certainly likes California Chrome’s chances to win the Triple Crown, as the updated odds indicate, via Odds Shark:

Belmont 2014 Odds (as of May 25)
California Chrome-115
Ride On Curlin+500
Commanding Curve+1200
Wicked Strong+1200
Social Inclusion+3000
Intense Holiday+3500
Kid Cruz+5000
Odds Shark

While the odds of victory are clearly of interest, many bettors prefer to take a glance at some of the prop bets. Here are a few of them, courtesy of Odds Shark as of May 25.


Prop Bets

Will California Chrome win the Triple Crown: Yes -140, No EVEN

Will the margin of victory be two lengths or more: Yes EVEN, No -140

Winning time: Over 2:30:00, Under 2:30:00


2014 Belmont Stakes Viewing Info

When: Saturday, June 7

Where: Belmont Park Race Track, Elmont, New York 

TV: NBC, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. ET



Seth Wenig/Associated Press

While California Chrome’s quest for history is clearly the headline story at the Belmont, it certainly won’t be an easy victory. The field is much deeper than it was at the Preakness, and a number of competitors that challenged the champion at Churchill Downs are back. 

Here is a look at a couple of California Chrome’s challengers for the third leg of the Triple Crown.


Ride On Curlin

Seth Wenig/Associated Press

California Chrome broke free down the stretch run of the Preakness, but his biggest competitor was Ride On Curlin.

Ride On Curlin matched California Chrome nearly stride for stride for the majority of the race and ultimately finished just off the pace in second. Perhaps most importantly, the horse's pedigree includes two-time Horse of the Year Curlin.

Ride On Curlin also finished in second place at the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, in third place at Rebel at Oaklawn Park and in third place at the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont Park. It may just be his time to break through at the Belmont.

What’s more, he seems comfortable leading up to the Belmont Stakes, if David Grening of the Daily Racing Form is to be believed:


Wicked Strong

Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

Wicked Strong put forth an impressive performance from the No. 20 post at the Kentucky Derby in Churchill Downs and eventually finished in fourth place. The horse did not compete in the Preakness, so he should be fresh and ready to challenge California Chrome at Belmont.

Wicked Strong also won the Grade 1 Wood Memorial and finished in third place at the Grade 2 Remsen at Aqueduct.

This is certainly a strong field, but it's not going to prevent California Chrome from making history. He has raced against these horses before and won in the past, so this is not uncharted territory. As long as Victor Espinoza keeps his horse in the middle of the pack for the majority of the race, he can flash that closing speed that won him the first two legs of the Triple Crown. 

Move over, Affirmed—there’s going to be another Triple Crown winner soon.


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