2022 Belmont Stakes Odds, Picks & Preview

The 2022 Belmont Stakes from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York is set for Saturday, and the current favorite to win is We the People (2-1), running out of the inside post.

2022 Belmont Stakes contender Rich Strike

Rich Strike will try to become the first horse since 1995 to win the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes without winning the Preakness


The 2022 Belmont Stakes Favorites

The Belmont Stakes 2022 field is set for Saturday, and the odds to win this third leg of the Triple Crown have taken shape after Tuesday’s post position draw. All of the 2022 Belmont Stakes post positions are listed below.

Running out of the No. 1 post is We the People, trained by Rodolphe Brisset. We the People will look for a clean break and try to maintain a lead on the long Belmont course, which has proven to be a good strategy in the past.

  • 13 of the past 15 winners at the Belmont Stakes raced within 4.5 lengths of the leader through the opening half-mile

Also catching early attention from bettors is Mo Donegal (5-2), who will run out of the No. 6 post. The Todd Pletcher-trained colt was first at the Wood Memorial and fifth at the Derby, where he started on the rail. Unfortunately, only eight horses have won the Derby from the No. 1 post, whereas 24 have taken the prize at Belmont (the most by a long shot). Mo Donegal is known for his closing speed, but if he’s slow out of the gate at Belmont, that effort might be wasted.

  • Only three Belmont winners from the past 12 years have travelled from the back-half of the pack

Of note, the most-recent to accomplish the feat was Essential Quality in 2021. Running fifth out of an eight-horse race, Essential Quality cranked up the jets after the first half-mile to win the 2021 Belmont Stakes.

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How Many Horses are in the 2022 Belmont Stakes?

There are only eight horses in the 2022 Belmont Stakes, a dramatic reduction from the 20 that ran at the Kentucky Derby in May. The distance for the Belmont Stakes is 1 1/2 miles, which is too much for a lot of the three-year-old Grade 1 horses to handle.

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2022 Belmont Stakes odds

2022 Belmont Stakes Odds

  1. We the People (2-1)
    Trainer: Rodolphe Brisset
    Jockey: Flavian Prat

Prat was second here last year with Hot Rod Charlie, and the No. 1 post has produced a whopping 24 winners including Justify in 2018. We the People is a strong contender that handled distance well at the Peter Pan Stakes, winning by 10 1/4 lengths, his third victory in four races. Prat has taken home the Kentucky Derby and Preakness titles, as well as multiple Breeders’ Cup wins, but last year was just his first trip at the Belmont Stakes.

Secretariat won belmont stakes

Secretariat claimed his Belmont Stakes victory running from the No. 1 post (in the No. 2 bib), at a record-breaking time of 2 minutes, 24 seconds

  1. Skippylongstocking (20-1)
    Trainer: Saffie Joseph, Jr.
    Jockey: Manny Franco

Franco won here in 2020 aboard Tiz the Law. The No. 2 post has produced 13 winners including last year, when Essential Quality won with a 109 Beyer Speed Figure, the fastest for any Belmont winner since 2003 (Empire’s Maker). Of the 2022 Belmont Stakes contenders, Skippylongstocking offers one of the highest returns.

  1. Nest (8-1)
    Trainer: Todd Pletcher
    Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Ortiz won the Preakness last month aboard Early Voting and will ride this year’s only filly in the field. The most recent filly to win was Rags to Riches in 2007, ending a 100-year slump, but Nest is listed at 8-1 for good reason. Nest finished second in the 1 1/8 mile Kentucky Oaks and Pletcher was in charge with Rags to Riches in 2007, who also won the Oaks. It’s going to take a strong start, but Nest is capable and a stalker. Note that Ortiz was also a winner here in 2017 with Tapwrit, occupying the 2-slot.

15 winners have run out of the No. 3 at the Belmont, tied for second-most (No. 5)

  1. Rich Strike (7-2)
    Trainer: Eric Reed
    Jockey: Sonny Leon

This horse-jockey combo pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Kentucky Derby history, taking the Run for the Roses as 80-1 long shots. The No. 4 post has seen 10 winners all-time but the most recent was in 2009 (Summer Bird).

  1. Creative Minister (6-1)
    Trainer: Ken McPeek
    Jockey: Brian Hernandez, Jr.

Hernandez rode Creative Minister to a third place finish at the Preakness and will be making his first trip in the Belmont.

  1. Mo Donegal (5-2)
    Trainer: Todd Pletcher
    Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

2016 Belmont Stakes winner aboard Creator, Ortiz, Jr. has since taken home the prize for most-outstanding jockey three times (2018-20), and he’s on his way to another bid this year. Ortiz, Jr. is atop the standings for both wins and earnings this year, and he’s looking to become the first winner out of the 6-hole since 1999.

In 2016, Ortiz, Jr. rode Creator to a Belmont Stakes win from the No. 13 post, the only time that the traditionally unlucky number finished first.

  1. Golden Glider (20-1)
    Trainer: Mark Casse
    Jockey: Dylan Davis

The youngest jockey in the 2022 Belmont Stakes, Davis (27) has already won more than 1,000 career races. Golden Glider was second at the 1 1/8 mile Peter Pan Stakes.

  1. Barber Road (10-1)
    Trainer: John Ortiz
    Jockey: Joel Rosario

Rosario has 10 rides at the Belmont Stakes and he finished first twice, in 2014 (Tonalist) and again in 2019 aboard Sir Winston. Seven horses have won from the No. 8 post, fewest of the top eight. But I’ll note that the latest horse to come from eighth in the pack through the first half-mile was Sir Winston in 2019, when there were 10 total horses. And as we saw at the Derby, nothing is impossible.

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