2022 Top Stakes to Bet On: Belmont Stakes and 5 Great Races Highlights Weekend

2022 Top Stakes to Bet On: Belmont Stakes and 5 Great Races Highlights Weekend

The final leg of this year’s Triple Crown takes place on Saturday, June 11, when only the strongest three-year-old horses on the planet step onto Big Sandy to contest the 1 ½ mile Belmont Stakes. The Test of Champions, the Belmont will the first and only time many of the participants run 1 ½ miles. Check out our Horse Racing Betting analysis regarding this year’s Belmont Stakes along with info for five other grade one races happening at Belmont Park on Saturday. 

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Top Stakes Races for the Week

  • When: Saturday, June 11

Belmont Park 

  • Grade 1 Ogden Phipps – 1 1/16 miles dirt – 4 year old fillies & mares

So far, just seven 4-year-old fillies and mares will run in the Ogden Phipps. Although the field won’t be full, we can’t question it’s quality. The seven scheduled to run are the seven best older filles and mares in North America.

Letruska and Malathaat will demand most of the action. But Clariere, Ce Ce, Royal Flag, Search Results, and Bonny South can cross the finish line first. Make sure your handicapping pencil is sharp when you sit down to find the Ogden Phipps’ winner.  

  • Grade 1 Woody Stephens – 7 furlongs dirt – 3 year olds

Chad Brown trained Jack Cristopher should be very difficult to beat. Cristopher is a solid racehorse. The undefeated sophomore blasted his rivals in the Pat Day Mile in his last.

If you want to beat Jack Cristopher, look to one of the Todd Pletcher runners. Provocateur finished second behind Senbei in the Gold Fever in his last. Wit won the Grade 3 Bay Shore. So take that one seriously. Key Point, from the Brown barn, second-place Pat Day Mile finisher Pappacap, and Runninsonofagun should also break from the gate. 

  • Grade 1 Just A Game – 1 mile turf – 4 year old fillies & mares

So far, connections for five horses have said they will run in the Grade 1 Just A Game. Three of the five come from the Chad Brown barn: Speak of the Devil, Regal Glory, and In Italian. Leggs Galore and Wakanaka should also run. You’re handicapping must start with the Brown horses. If you find a key equine, it will likely to be one of Chad’s runners.   

  • Grade 1 Manhattan – 1 ¼ miles on turf – 4 year olds & up

Nine runners are confirmed for the Manhattan. Christophe Clement trained Gufo figures to break from the starting gate the chalk. The likely second choice will be one of the Chad Brown trained equines, L’Imperator, Rockemperor, or Adhamo. Grade 2 Elkhorn winner Channel Maker also figures to attract action. So will Tokyo Gold, which trains in Japan.    

  • Grade 1 Metropolitan – 1 mile dirt – 4 year olds & up

Jackie’s Warrior will either run in the Grade 2 True North or the Grade 1 Metropolitan. If Jackie runs, the Steve Asmussen trainee will go off as one of the chalks. The outright favorite figures to be Caddo River from the Brad Cox barn. If Jackie and Caddo both run, Aloha West, the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Sprint runner, will be an attractive choice. Aloha has a great turn of foot. And Caddo and Jackie are confirmed front runners. 

  • Grade 1 Belmont Stakes – 1 ½ miles dirt – 3 year olds

Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike returns to the races for the Triple Crown’s final leg. Pre-draw odds make Rich Strike third choice behind Todd Pletcher trained runner Mo Donegal and Grade 2 Peter Pan winner We the People. Fourth choice in the early betting is third-place Preakness finisher Creative Minister. Pletcher trained filly Nest if fifth choice. 

Underdogs include Skippylongstocking, Howling Time, Golden Glider, Barber Road and Ethereal Road. If We the People gets an easy lead, all other entrants should be running for second. 


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