Betting lines and race trends for the 2019 Belmont Stakes

War of Will picked up his fourth triumph over his last six races a month after he emerged victorious in the 144th functioning of the Preakness Stakes. Together with Tyler Gaffalione once more on the mount, War of Will looks to add to his legacy with a win in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
War of Will is moving off in +225 on the Belmont Stakes odds in Elmont in sportsbooks monitored by The three-year-old’s impressive performance in the Preakness left horse racing fans wondering what exactly the Kentucky Derby might have looked like if Maximum Security had not veered out of his lane and also impeded War of Will’s route in that race. But while the Triple Crown won’t be up for grabs on Saturday, War of Will could become only the 31st horse ever to win both the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont.Tacitus figures to be the biggest obstacle standing in War Will’s way on Saturday going off since the betting favorite on the horse racing odds at +200. After finishing in fourth position at the Kentucky Derby (third via disqualification), Tacitus’s team chosen to hold the horse from the Preakness to keep him fresh for the Belmont. His 103 Beyer Speed Rating from April’s Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct is tied for the highest speed any horse in this race has run.
The heap of horses sitting behind both obvious favorites at gambling sites are Master Fencer (+700 to win the Belmont Stakes), Bourbon War (+800) and Intrepid Heart (+800). The Japan native Master Fencer showed some fantastic late kick in the Kentucky Derby to maneuver from 19th place to seventh, which late kick should serve him well as early leaders lose steam in the final stretches of the Belmont’s one and a half mile trail.
Rounding out the 10-horse field in this year’s Belmont Stakes are Preakness Stakes runner up Everfast (+1000), Sir Winston (+1200), Spinoff (+1200), Tax (+1200), and Joevia (+3300). Tax is another horse along with Tacitus that has conducted at a Beyer Speed of 103 earlier, but at the Kentucky Derby this horse did not show much finishing in 15th place with a speed rating of just 83.

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