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Test Of Champions

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 5/27/2013 7:20:43 PM

The mile and a half Belmont Stakes is referred to as the test of champions but each of the stops on the Triple Crown trail brings a unique perspective for online sports betting site players to evaluate.

As for the sophomore set, the Kentucky Derby is the most important race in America, even though the money is not on the line as it is on Breeders’ Cup Day.

Even the most casual of racing fan has an feel for the Derby and as for the horses, they are trying to do something at the tender age of not fully 3 in most cases of going a mile and a quarter for the first time.

The hype going to the Derby is like no other, and there is kind of a let down after the ceremony, but the next stop in Baltimore has it’s very own intricacies.

First the runners that come back in the Preakness after running in the Derby have to be super fit to rebound in two weeks off the toughest test of their young lives. They have to ship north and have to negotiate a shorter trip, in a new climate with new surroundings, and under varying circumstances.

By the time the online betting strong get to New York 3 weeks later, this year that will be on June 8, it becomes evident that only the fittest survive.

One thing fans have to understand is that these horses are not machines, that there is blood running through those veins and not just octane. And just like when something freaky happens on the track, like a horse that breaks down and causes a spill, it has a mental as well as physical response.

Tradition is steep when talking the Belmont Stakes. The filly Ruthless won the first running in 1867 at Jerome Park. Count Fleet completed his Triple Crown quest taking the 1943 edition winning by 25 lengths. It was the largest margin of victory until Secretariat set the record of 2:24 winning off by 31 in 1973.

What makes the 1973 timing so incredible is that it was a full 2 seconds faster than the next fastest of 2:26 set by New York’s own Easy Goer in 1989 and matched by A.P. Indy in 1992. Risen Star and Point Given each won the Belmont in 2:26 2/5 and the great Affirmed completed his Triple Crown task in 2:26 4/5.

History can help us sometimes.

The last Kentucky Derby winner to win the Belmont Stakes was Thunder Gulch in 1995. The last Preakness winner to cash in the Belmont was Afleet Alex in 2005.

The last Belmont winner to come from 10 lengths back or more was Jazil in 2006.

Last year the horse betting superfecta came back light in the Belmont as the second choice Union Rags won and the third choice was second. The $2 ‘super’ only paid $1,906.

But that was quite different than what has happened since 2000. Since that year, the average superfecta paid over $14,000 and the largest came back nearly $73,000.

When betting this race this year, think value and think tactical speed.


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