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Why A Longshot Will Win the Belmont Stakes

By Noel Michaels

Belmont Stakes 2016

Scheduled for June 10 at Belmont Park, the third and final leg of the Triple Crown has been run at 1 1/2 miles or 12 furlongs since 1926. Photo: Coglianese, NYRA

The 2017 Belmont Stakes lacks the drama of a Triple Crown bid and does not have the star power of either the Kentucky Derby or Preakness winner as a headline attraction, but what the race does have is a world of great betting opportunities afforded by a large wide-open field of contenders.

Sure, horse racing fans and handicappers would have loved to see another headline match-up in the Belmont, but this year’s tremendous betting race is not too bad for a consolation prize.  What the “Test of the Champion” lacks in terms of drama it will be able to make up for in terms of offering an interesting handicapping puzzle that could generously reward the horseplayers who cash exactas, trifectas, and the other exotics tickets on the race.

Both Kentucky Derby winner ALWAYS DREAMING and Preakness winner CLOUD COMPUTING are being pointed for races other than the Belmont Stakes. What we will be left with for the 2017 running of the third jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown is a line-up of also-rans from the Derby and the Preakness looking to rise to the occasion in… (more)