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2022 Belmont Stakes Betting Preview

By Carlos Chacon

The 2022 Belmont Stakes Field includes Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike, Wood Memorial winner Mo Donegal, and Peter Pan winner We the People. The Peter Pan winner is the morning line chalk. But is We the People the horse to back to win? Or will Rich Strike or Mo Donegal take the Triple Crown’s final leg? Check out morning line horse racing odds, analysis, and top picks for the Belmont Stakes.

2022 Belmont Stakes Event Info

  • When: Saturday, June 11, 2022
  • Where: Belmont Park, Elmont, NY
  • TV/Streaming: NBC / Peacock

READ MORE: 2022 Belmont Stakes Betting Guide

2022 Belmont Stakes Entry List & Morning Line Odds

  1. We the People +200
  2. Skippylongstocking +2000
  3. Nest +800
  4. Rich Strike +350
  5. Creative Minister +600
  6. Mo Donegal +250
  7. Golden Glider +2000
  8. Barber Road +1000

To Win: We the People

We the People blasted his opponents in the Peter Pan by grabbing the early lead, relaxing on the front end, and then coasting home the easiest of winners. A Peter Pan repeat performance should happen Saturday.

First, the Rodolphe Brissett trained runner is bred to go as far as he must. We the People calls Constitution his sire. The Belmont favorite’s grandsire is Tapit. Tapit has already produced four Belmont Stakes winners: Tonalist in 2011, Creator in 2013, Tawprit in 2014, and Essential Quality in 2018. Also, Tiznow is We the People’s grandsire. Tiznow is the only back-to-back winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic. So We the People should get an easy lead and have enough in the tank to hold on and win in the final quarter-mile.

To Place: Nest

Nest should relish the 1 ½ mile distance. The Todd Pletcher trained runner finished second in the Kentucky Oaks in her last. The reason she finished second is because Secret Oath has a turn of foot that rivals Rich Strike’s.

Like the Derby winner, Nest enters the Belmont after a month break. If she had won the Oaks, she’d be closer to +500 than +800. Not only that, but Todd Pletcher put the saddle on Rags to Riches to beat Curlin and win the Belmont.

Pletcher knows how to get fillies ready for the Test of Champions. Nest will be closer to We the People than many others. If she’s improved at all, she can run down the top choice and gallop into the winner’s circle.

To Show: Rich Strike

The Derby winner is a solid equine. Yes, he’s a former claimer, but that’s because he lost his first race. Calumet Farms bred Rich Strike, which means he’s meant to win championship races. Rich Strike’s sire, Keen Ice, upset American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes. Smart Strike sired Gold Strike, Rich’s broodmare. So the former claimer has regal blood flowing through is veins.

Also, Rich Strike can stay much closer to the pace than many believe. The roses winner broke his maiden after taking a half length lead at the second call. The one issue is in regards to lung capacity. Keen Ice and Gold Strike can win route races, but this is a 1 ½ mile event. The top distance for Rich Strike could be 1 ¼ miles. The Belmont’s extra extra distance could be Rich’s undoing.

Fourth Place: Golden Glider

Mark Casse is an excellent trainer and while Golden Glider must improve big time to win the Belmont, we shouldn’t look past a superfecta finish. The horse has the lung capacity to run in and win a 2 ½ miles race. Plus, we have to love how he’s improved in every event and even though Glider had no shot of catching We the People in the Peter Pan, he kept trying hard and did beat the other horses to finish second.

Improvement puts Golden Glider into the superfecta. If the others don’t fire and We the People doesn’t have it on June 11, who knows? Maybe, Glider wins.

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*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.

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