The third leg of horse racing’s “Triple Crown” races takes place this Saturday, June 8th at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York and we here at The Chalk will have all things Belmont Stakes covered for you. I’ve enjoyed Horse Racing from a distance the past 5-8 years or so but now that I’m doing more in-depth research & studying the races it gets me even more jacked up come race day.
I’ve decided to switch up my preview for this race and instead of doing one deep dive into the race like I did for the Derby & Preakness, I’m going to do a couple of shallow dives to better feature each horse in the race. This first shallow dive will feature the 4 longest shots in the field, the next shallow dive will feature the four horses in the middle of the odds list, and our final shallow dive will feature the four favorites. Now, with that being said, here’s our first look at some of the horses in this year’s Belmont Stakes.
(Odds per USA Racing)
2019 Stats: – Four starts – 1 First – 2 Seconds.
Joevia’s most recent start was about a month ago on May 12 in the Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park. Joevia drew the 1 position in this race and held the lead the entire way and ended up winning by 2 3/4 lengths. Joevia also had a nice speed figure of 100 in this race. In the two races that Joevia placed 2nd in 2019, he had speed figures of 98 and finished just a few lengths behind the winner.
Bourbon War (16-1)
2019 Stats: – Four starts – 1 First – 1 Second.
We last saw Bourbon War in the most recent leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, a race in which he placed 8th. His last two races have been Grade 1 Races and he just missed the board in the Florida Derby back in March. This was a horse that was getting a decent amount of hype heading into the Preakness by failed to deliver.
2019 Stats: – Three starts – 1 First – 1 Second
Tax ran the Kentucky Derby but it was a race to forget for this Thoroughbred as he finished in 14th. However, in his previous race, The Wood Memorial on April 6th, Tax finished in second and posted his highest speed figure of his career at 105. He has also had some strong showings in lesser grade races earlier in the year and back into 2018.
Sir Winston (16-1)
2019 Stats: – Four starts – 0 First – 1 Second
Sir Winston had his best career showing in his last time out on the track during the Peter Pan Stakes (Gr 3) that took place on May 11 on the very track that the Belmont Stakes will be ran on Saturday. His previous starts in 2019 featured a handful of middle of the pack finishes (4th-7th) in grade 2 & 3 races.
That’s all for now on the first of three shallow dives we will have for ya as the prep for The Belmont. Stay tuned to The Chalk on twitter as I will have picks for EVERY race on the card on Saturday. Also keep an eye out for our DFS & gambling picks each day! We give out winners, it’s just something we do.