Belmont Stakes 2022: Horses, odds and what you need to know




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Rich Strike stunned the horse racing world when he won the Kentucky Derby last month and is back in action at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

The horse entered the Derby at odds of 80 to 1 – the biggest long shot in the 20-horse field – after being added to the race when another horse dropped out the day before.

Despite the lack of expectations, Rich Strike blasted through the field in a spectacular lunging finish to claim the most unlikely of victories.

After skipping the Preakness Stakes, Rich Strike is now among the favorites to challenge for the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York.

The Belmont is not only the final jewel in the coveted Triple Crown, it is also the longest race at a mile and a half.

The extra distance and slower pace that comes with it will likely suit Rich Strike who has stamina to burn, as evidenced by his arrival in the Derby.

Its owners had always planned to skip the Preakness – ending any hopes of a Triple Crown winner this year – in order to rest and prepare fully for the Belmont.

“It was an incredible race, we had a lot of fun with it. The horse is doing great,” Rich Strike owner Rick Dawson told reporters, before talking about his horse’s chances on Saturday.

“We’re not really sure we’ve seen the best of him. We think he’s improving, so maybe on Saturday we’ll see. If he improves a bit, I think he wins this race .

A smaller field of just eight horses will seek victory with Mo Donegal and We The People joining Rich Strike as the bookmakers’ top three picks.

Epicenter, which was an unlucky runner-up in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, will not be lining up in New York in order to give the horse a rest.

The Preakness Early Voting winner’s connections – owners and trainers – also decided not to race the champion.

The Belmont Stakes is scheduled to take place at 6:44 p.m. ET on June 11. Those in the United States can watch on NBC platforms.


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