Date and Time: Saturday, June 10, 2017, 6:37 p.m. ET
Location: Belmont Park, Elmont, NY
Favorite on Belmont Stakes Odds: Classic Empire ( +200 )
Belmont Stakes TV Coverage: NBC
Tapwrit ( +900 )
We really liked the idea of backing Tapwrit at the Kentucky Derby. He didn't ultimately succeed at Churchill Downs, but a sixth place finish wasn't the end of the world for a pony who went off the board at 27 to 1. There's a reason why Tapwrit has come down to 9 to 1 at the Belmont Stakes, though. He's got great breeding for distance through his sire, Tapit, and we know that he should be much better served for a good run if he can get a clean go of it at the Belmont Stakes. This is the one horse we know distance shouldn't be a problem for, and that alone gives some great value to Tapwrit.
Epicharis ( +1000 )
We're a little shocked at the price on the board for Epicharis. We're not sure he's going to ultimately be set at 10 to 1 by the time he goes to post on Saturday, but for the time being, we think he's the horse to bet on if you're looking for good value. Epicharis was the Japanese champion, winning the Hyacinth Stakes to reach the Kentucky Derby. Due to rules with quarantine though, Epicharis wasn't able to start firmly training in the United States until the last couple weeks. He's taken well to the track at Belmont Park though, and that's a good sign. You never really know just how a horse is going to race when he comes to the United States for the first time. But if Epicharis runs as well at the Belmont Stakes as he has overseas, you're going to be getting some huge value at a price of 10 to 1.
Conquest Mo Money ( +2000 )
It's all about the overlay here on Conquest Mo Money. He was an 11 to 1 choice at the Preakness Stakes and is now up to 20 to 1 after a disappointing seventh place finish. You could point to the fact that this was just his second run against some of the top three-year olds in the world, and he hasn't won either race. But that Arkansas Derby still looks good to us. It's not like Conquest Mo Money was embarrassed in the Preakness. Sure, he finished seventh in the 10-pony field, but he did post a 96 Beyer Speed Rating. Opportunity is still knocking if Conquest Mo Money can get off to a decent start and proves to have the distance in him.
Twisted Tom ( +2000 )
It's going to take a lot of imagination to see Twisted Tom winning the Belmont Stakes, especially knowing that he has never run against graded stakes competition. That said, he's got one thing that no other horse in this field has: A win in his most recent race. In fact, there isn't a single pony in this field outside of Twisted Tom who has won a race more recently than the end of April. If nothing else, winning breeds winning, and Twisted Tom has done that three times in a row. It's possible he was undervalued in his career.
J Boys Echo ( +2200 )
This is another one of these horses we don't really believe can win the Belmont Stakes but provides a lot of value. J Boys Echo is going to be one of the deeper closing horses in the Belmont Stakes, and again, we think he can come on strong at the end of a race if he can ultimately prove to have the distance in him. J Boys Echo has good breeding for the Belmont, especially with Mineshaft and A.P. Indy being on his father's side.