2023 Belmont Stakes Odds: Arcangelo (7-1) Wins Belmont Stakes, Besting Forte

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2023 Belmont Stakes Key Takeaways:

  • 🥇 Arcangelo (7-1) wins the 2023 Belmont Stakes, making trainer Jena Antonucci the first female trainer to win the race EVER.
  • ⭐️ Forte entered the gate as a 2-1 favorite after opening at 5-1 morning line odds. Although he made a run down the final stretch he was unable to capitalize.
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Final Results of the 2023 Belmont Stakes

Arcangelo won the 2023 Belmont Stakes with a time of 2:29:23. The victory makes Jena Antonucci the first female trainer to win the race in its 155-year history. Here are the final results for the 2023 Belmont Stakes.

🥇 Arcangelo (7-1)
⏱️ 2:29:23
🥈 Forte (2-1)
1 1/2 length behind
🥉 Tapit Trice (5-1)
Nose

Hit Show and Angel of Empire came in fourth place in a dead heat, while Preakness Stakes winner National Treasure finished in sixth place.

Arcangelo Wins 2023 Belmont Stakes

Reviewing 2023 Belmont Stakes Odds

As the third and final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes is a race that can create legends of the sport of horse racing. As sports betting in Kentucky heats up, we'll take an in-depth look at the $1.5M New York spectacle. 

2023 Belmont Stakes Morning Line Odds

Tapit Trice (3-1) was the morning line odds favorite to win the 2023 Belmont Stakes.  

Here were live odds for the 2023 Belmont Stakes along with official opening morning line odds.

⭐️ Tapit Trice
5-1 (3-1 ML)
⭐️ National Treasure
5-1 (5-1 ML)
⭐️ Forte
2-1 (5-1 ML)
⭐️ Angel of Empire
7-2 (7-2 ML)
⭐️ Arcangelo
8-1 (8-1 ML)
⭐️ Hit Show
9-1 (10-1 ML)
⭐️ Red Route One
16-1 (15-1 ML)
⭐️ Tapit Shoes
20-1 (20-1 ML)
⭐️ Il Miracolo
24-1 (30-1 ML)
📆 Last Updated
May 17, 2024

Forte was the early betting odds favorite for the 2023 Belmont Stakes, followed by several other familiar Kentucky Derby contenders including Tapit Trice and Angel of Empire

Preakness winner National Treasure was getting favorable early odds after spoiling any hope for Mage to win the 2023 Triple Crown. Mage was not able to repeat his Kentucky Derby heroics in the Preakness Stakes and did not enter the 2023 Belmont Stakes.

Angel Of Empire had to concede the first run to the winner at Churchill Downs but stayed on strongly all the way up the stretch. 

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2023 Belmont Stakes Betting Odds Favorites

The Belmont Stakes is traditionally called "The Test of the Champion" because it is by far the longest of the Triple Crown races at 1.5m (a full lap around the enormous Belmont main track). 

Most three-year-olds are unaccustomed to the distance, and lack the experience, if not the stamina, to maintain a winning speed for so long. In a long race such as the Belmont, the positioning of the horse and the timing of the move to chase for the lead can be critical.

Let's take a look at who the top Belmont Stakes contenders were heading into the race:

Forte 

Forte had looked just about the best three-year-old colt around and he has twice finished in front of Kentucky Derby winner Mage, most recently in the Florida Derby.

Forte was controversially scratched from the Churchill Downs race over concerns of a bruised right front foot. The injury may have stemmed from a workout on Thursday where the colt stumbled on the track. However, this four-time Grade 1 winner is clearly top class.

Angel of Empire 

Already a Grade 1 winner thanks to his romp in the Arkansas Derby, the Brad Cox-trained colt ran a screamer in the Kentucky Derby where he was forced to concede the first run to the winner but stayed on strongly all the way to the line.

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2023 Belmont Stakes Post Positions

These were the 2023 Belmont Stakes Post Position Draw Results:

  1. Tapit Shoes (20-1)
  2. Tapit Trice (3-1)
  3. Arcangelo (8-1)
  4. National Treasure (5-1)
  5. Il Miracolo (30-1)
  6. Forte (5-1)
  7. Hit Show (10-1)
  8. Angel of Empire (7-2)
  9. Red Route One (15-1)

Whatever the final field for the 2023 Belmont Stakes, it is worth remembering just how influential the post position can be. Horses coming out of Gate 1 have won the Belmont Stakes on 23 occasions, which is TEN more times than ANY other gate.

It's worth remembering that the Preakness Stakes is much more of a speed test than the 1.5m Belmont Stakes, which is a real test of any Dirt three-year-old's stamina. No Preakness Stakes winner has gone on to win at Belmont Park since Justify completed the Triple Crown in 2018.

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When is the Belmont Stakes 2024?

The 156th Belmont Stakes is scheduled for June 8, 2024, in Elmont, New York. In keeping with the decades-old tradition, it will cap the 2024 Triple Crown season.

As we look ahead to next year's race day, here's what you need to know:

  • 📍Location: Belmont Park (Elmont, NY)
  • 🗓️ Date: June 8, 2024
  • 📺 TV: NBC
  • 🏇 Track Surface: Dirt
  • 🧭 Track Distance:  1 1/2 miles (12 furlongs)

Belmont Stakes Odds To Watch

The Belmont is a real stamina race, much more so than the Preakness, so any horse that is noted putting in good late work having not necessarily had the rub of the green earlier in the contest has to be of interest at Belmont Park.

The Preakness Stakes has been a decent contest for fillies over the years, but not the Belmont. Only 23 fillies have ever eve lined up at Belmont and Rags To Riches (2007) is the only filly to win the race since 1905.

Belmont Stakes 2024 Predictions

Now that the 2023 race has passed, we'll be looking ahead to the Belmont Stakes in 2024! Check back soon for our early predictions.

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How To Bet on Belmont Stakes Odds

The Belmont Stakes is one of the biggest prizes in horse racing and betting on the Belmont Park extravaganza is hugely popular in the build-up to the event.

Bettors have a number of options when it comes to big-race betting, ranging from futures betting via online Kentucky betting apps to last-minute exotic wagers on the track.

Most "clued-up" horse racing bettors tend to wait until post positions are announced because the last six winners have all come from a single-figure stall. If you take an early price and draw a wide gate, the odds on your selection will almost certainly drift so it often pays to wait until all the pieces of the Belmont Stakes jigsaw are in place. Don't forget to check out our list of Kentucky betting promotions before you place your bet. 

Belmont Stakes Betting Types

Belmont Stakes Odds will vary greatly, from the short-priced favorite to the complete outsider of the field, which can often even a three-figure price on the board. Bettors can choose to play individual win odds or combine runners in exotic wagers which normally yield a much bigger return, especially if one or more of the outsiders hits the frame.

The three main betting types are:

  • 🥇 Win: Your selection must hit the wire in front.
  • 🥈 Place: Lower odds than the win bet but you will collect if your selection finishes in the first two.
  • 🥉 Show: Similar to the place wager but you get three places instead of two.

The most common exotic type wagers are the following:

  • 🎯 Exacta: You must correctly predict the first and second, in the right order.
  • 🏆 Trifecta: Pick the first, second, and third in the correct order.
  • 👑 Superfecta: This will likely pay huge odds because you must predict the first, second, third, and fourth, all in the correct order.

Belmont Stakes Betting players can bet into the pari-mutuel pool (accessible online or on-track) or bet via one of the many horse betting apps, provided you are in a state where online betting is now legal.

How to Read Belmont Stakes Odds

Belmont Stakes odds lists will be headed by the shortest-priced horse in the field, ie the horse with the highest theoretical chance of winning.

Normally, the list begins with the favorite and the list goes right down to the complete outsider - the horse with the smallest theoretical chance of winning.

If the odds are displayed as decimal, then a $10 straight win-only wager on a horse-trading at 4.0 would return $40. If a horse is 4/1, then that same bet would return $50, because the right-hand side of the fraction represents the stake, which is always returned.

Remember, if you the betting into the pari-mutuel pool, then the odds on the screen will be constantly changing as the amount bet into the pool increases. With that in mind, the price a horse goes off will often be different from that when you actually place your wager at the terminal.

Belmont Stakes Pari-Mutuel Betting System

Pari-mutuel betting is a pool-based betting system in which odds are reflective of the amount bet into the pool on that particular runner. The more money bet on a runner in any horse race, the shorter its odds will be, and vice versa.

Pari-mutuel betting can be more rewarding than betting fixed odds but there is always a danger of lower returns, so there is an element of risk involved.

Pari-mutuel betting on the Belmont Stakes will open up in the close build-up to the race and tends to be at its busiest in the final hour or so before post time. It is best to wait as long as possible before placing a Pari-mutuel wager because the greater the liquidity in the pool, the more accurate the prices will be compared to the closing price.

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Belmont Stakes Futures Betting

Belmont Stakes futures betting via a sportsbook app will appeal to those punters who think that the odds of their selection are going to shorten by post time, meaning they will be sitting on a "value bet."

Futures betting carries risk in that it is not certain whether your selection will even be declared to run - if that happens you are on a loser. However, if you can beat the odds and back the Belmont Stakes winner then that is a double win!

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History of the Belmont Stakes

The Belmont Stakes is one of the most famous races in America and is the final leg of the fabled Triple Crown.

First run in 1867, the race was run at Jerome Park until 1890, when it moved to a nearby facility, Morris Park Racecourse. The first Belmont Stakes run at Belmont Park was in 1905. The Belmont Stakes race was held at Aqueduct Racetrack from 1963 to 1967, while the track at Belmont was restored and renovated.

The first horse to complete the Triple Crown series was Sir Barton in 1919.

Road To The Belmont Stakes

Belmont Stakes bettors will find more clues in the Kentucky Derby than they will in the more recent Preakness Stakes, which is a very different test, so much so that the last five Belmont Stakes winners didn't even make the line-up at Pimlico.

Races like the Florida Derby, won in 2023 by Forte, and the Bluegrass Stakes, won this year by Tapit Trice, have proved strong Belmont Stakes guides in recent years.

It is also no disadvantage to be proven around the wide expansive Belmont Park track. A race like the Peter Pan Stakes might only be a Grade 3 but it has thrown up horses that have taken well to the step up in grade in the Belmont Stakes, including 2019 winner Sir Winston

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2022 Belmont Stakes Results

Mo Donegal gave trainer Todd Pletcher with a fourth Belmont Stakes success when he powered three lengths clear under Brad Ortiz Jr. to reward 13/5 favorite backers in style.

Mo Donegal had been beaten almost four lengths in the Kentucky Derby but was never well placed in that race and the way he stayed on late strongly suggested the longer distance of the Belmont Stakes would be exactly his speed. He never raced again.

Nest (53/10) made it a one-two for the trainer while Churchill Downs hero Rich Strike could manage only sixth place.

Belmont Stakes Records

No horse has run the Belmont Stakes faster than legendary Triple Crown winner Secretariat's 2:24 in 1973. Secretariat also holds the record for the biggest winning margin (31 lengths).

James G. Rowe Sr. remains the winningest Belmont Stakes trainer with eight wins between 1883 and 1913. He is also one of only two people to have won the race as a trainer and a jockey. Todd Pletcher's four Belmont Stakes victories make him the most successful modern-day trainer.

The 2004 edition of the race attracted the biggest attendance in the park's history, with 120,139 horse racing fans in attendance.

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