We all know that the Belmont Stakes is one of horse racing’s most significant events. For the first time in history, it will open the 2020 Triple Crown season on June 20 at Belmont Park, New York. However, there will be no spectators to witness the race live. The news saddens many racing enthusiasts, but pursuing the event is still a hopeful sign of normalcy with sporting events.
While this will undoubtedly be a unique running of this historic race, it’s still possible to make your bets while watching a live broadcast on NBC, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app from 4 pm to 7 pm ET.
However, if you’re still unsure which horse to bet on, here are the top 3 horses that might steal the silver trophy and wear the blanket of white carnations during the Belmont Stakes 2020 betting odds and awarding ceremony.
Tiz The Law
Tiz the Law is an American Thoroughbred racehorse that won an impressive career debut for his trainer Barclay Tagg on August 8, 2019, at Saratoga Racecourse.
On his second race, Tiz the Law lived up to the hype and scored a win at the Grade 1 2019 Champagne Stakes by four lengths, which is a remarkable achievement for a young thoroughbred. He also finished out his 2019 season with an incredible third-place finish at the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs.
Opening his 2020 season, he finished first with an outstanding performance at the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes and the 2020 Florida Derby. And because of his impressive track record, 100% total wins, and nearly $600,000 earnings this season, Tiz the Law became an early favorite for the 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby.
Undoubtedly, Tiz the Law is also a strong contender for the Belmont Stakes. Your money and bets are surely in good hands with this thoroughbred.
Nadal is a 3-year-old Blame colt trained by Bob Baffert. He gained attention during his debut on January 19, 2020, at Santa Anita Park when he took on a six ½- furlong maiden race by three ¾ lengths. Three weeks later, he squared off against the San Vicente Stakes 2019 champion, Storm the Court. It was a thrilling win, especially after a game full of tension.
He remarkably won the seven-furlong San Vicente Stakes by a half-length without any challenge from his contenders, even from fourth-placer, Storm the Court.
Right after, Nadal won the Rebel Stakes 2020. He effortlessly headed into the first turn and set a lightning speed through the first half-mile in just 46 seconds, beating any challenger and finishing first.
Nadal also surged to a win at the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, giving him a clean 1st place winning track record. With his early successes, Nadal reaped 100 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.
Every horse race fan is looking forward to seeing whether Nadal can keep his perfect track record this year or not. With his fast pace and endurance, there’s no question that he has a strong chance for the Belmont Stakes.
Maxfield is the son of Kentucky Derby winner, Street Sense. He is a three-year-old Dark Bay trained by Brendan Walsh.
He remarkably won by three-quarters of a length on his debut at Maiden Special Weight at Churchill Downs on September 14, 2019.
After that, he jumped into the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, where Maxfield dominated the top of the stretch and won the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on May 10, 2019. However, Maxfield had an unspecified issue with his right front leg around October 2019, which caused him to miss the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Experts initially diagnosed the injury as a foot bruise. However, the horse still underwent surgery for a mildly displaced ankle chip. Maxfield had to rest for 60 days and did not race again as a 2-year-old.
Walsh didn’t waste any time to bring Maxfield back to a full recovery. The colt made it to his 3-year-old debut in the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes on May 23, 2020, at Churchill Downs. He managed to defeat his runner-up Ny Traffic and Attachment Rate in the closing strides. Maxfield also reaped 50 points toward qualifying for the Kentucky Derby.
Despite the little hiccup Maxfield had, he proved that he has the potential to sweep another win. According to his trainer, the delay with the race also allowed them to prepare so Maxfield can stand a chance to win the Belmont Stakes title.
Despite the delay, The Belmont Stakes will commence in just a few weeks. It’s no doubt that these horses will also set the pace for the Triple Crown. With prestigious awards and impressive records, these horses showed fans and bettors alike what they’re capable of. Don’t hesitate to place your bets on these horses while enjoying the race experience in your home.