Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike returns to the races in next Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. While Rich Strike was the longest shot on the board at Churchill Downs, the Derby winner will be third choice when the starting gates open on June 11. Check out pre-draw Belmont Stakes Odds along with the horse offering the best odds to win.
Current Belmont Stakes Field and Which Horse Has the Best Odds to Win
2022 Belmont Stakes
- When: Saturday, June 11, 2022
- Where: Belmont Park, Elmont, NY
- TV / Streaming: NBC / Peacock
Pre-Draw 2022 Belmont Stakes Odds
To Win: We the People +350
Based on the likely entrants, We the People should grab the lead right out of the gate and coast to an easy front running score. The improving 3-year-old Rodolphe Brissett trained second choice won the 1 1/8 miles Peter Pan, the prep for the Belmont Stakes, in impressive fashion.
We the People took the lead in the Peter Pan and lengthened it in the stretch. He looked like he could have run for 2 miles on the lead and at the pace he set if required. There just isn’t another speed horse in the field that can challenge the People early. We the People remains the best choice on the board offering the fairest odds.
To Place: Rich Strike +500
If a horse challenges We the People early, Rich Strike is a better choice at the odds to catch the front running monster than race favorite Mo Donegal.
It’s strange that Mo Donegal is such a low-priced chalk. The Wood Memorial winner has talent and he raced much better in the Derby than the fifth place finish assumes.
But Mo doesn’t have the turn of foot that Rich Strike has. If you don’t think We the People coasts to a win, then consider backing the Kentucky Derby winner. Rich Strike’s turn of foot is ridiculous.
To Show: Creative Minister +600
The Kenny McPeek runner is improving enough to warrant a look. We’re not huge fans of the odds, though.
Creative Minister should be tired after chasing Epicenter and Early Voting in the Preakness. That doesn’t mean he can’t win this.
But it does mean, the odds are light. If he goes up to +1000, he may qualify as the top play because he should be closer to We the People than the rest. But +1000 is +400 higher than his current odds, and it doesn’t look as if that will happen.
Top Underdog Play: Golden Glider +2000
The second place finisher behind We the People in the Peter Pan would have to improve big time to win. But there are few true underdog plays in the field.
Golden Glider qualifies because the Peter Pan performance was better than the fourth the Mark Casse trainee posted in the Bluegrass Stakes.
Glider should be close enough to give We the People a run for that one’s money. So at +2000, the Casse trainee makes sense.