The debacle which was the Kentucky Derby meant 2019 was never going to be an outstanding Triple Crown year. First past the post Maximum Security skipped the second Triple Crown leg, the Preakness Stakes as did Country House who was awarded the race (at odds of +6500!) by the stewards.
As neither horse ran in the Preakness and it was seventh-placed Kentucky Derby finisher, War Of Will, who landed that middle jewel of the Triple Crown. War Of Will will attempt to take the third and final Triple Crown leg, the Belmont, this Saturday. Once again Maximum Security and Country House will stay in their stables.
The Belmont Stakes 2019 Contenders
But War Of Will is no good thing. His Preakness win came at the expense of Everfast and the length-and-a-quarter runner-up re-opposes once again. Granted Everfast was drawn wide (the winner went from the 1 post) but he flew home, and the sterner test Belmont Stakes (one-mile four-furlongs) is sure to suit. We like him a lot, most certainly ahead of the +200 second favourite War Of Will, and he’s a definite place and/or show Belmont Stakes bet.
However, it’s impossible to oppose Bill Mott’s third-placed Kentucky Derby finisher, Tacitus. He had a remarkable 150 qualifying points entering the Derby courtesy of wins in the Tampa Bay Derby and Wood Memorial. And a close inspection of the Run For the Roses video archive shows he had a desperate passage in that sloppy race before finishing like the proverbial steam train. Forget Maximum Security, he was the moral victor of the Derby.
The Kentucky Derby form, not forgetting War Of Will took the Preakness after finishing seventh in the Churchill Downs race, could prove to be very strong.
The Belmont Stakes 2019 Prediction – Horse Racing Betting
Therefore the Japanese-trained Master Fencer must not be ignored and is our Belmont Stakes betting pick. He crossed the line sixth in the Derby four lengths adrift of the ‘winner’.
Being Japanese bred he is sure to relish the extra two furlongs the Derby represents and like Everfast, he’s one to put into your trios at huge Belmont Stakes odds.
Belmont Stakes Pick: Master Fencer to win +1100 with bet365
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