- We the People moved to the top of the Belmont Stakes odds boards after drawing the rail position.
- Mo Donegal and We the People are now co-favorites to win the Belmont Stakes at +250 odds.
- Kentucky Derby winner Rich strike is the third favorite at +550 odds via the BetOnline App.
We the People has caught up with Mo Donegal on top of the Belmont Stakes betting boards after Tuesday’s draw.
Mo Donegal was listed as the +230 betting favorite prior to the draw with We the People chasing at +375 odds. But after the draw, both horses are now listed at the top of the BetOnline odds board at +250 with Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike remaining at +550 with the third-best odds to win the final leg of the horseracing Triple Crown.
We the People Draws No. 1 Position
Belmont favorite We the People draws No. 1 position – https://t.co/zhqlZGe3Sk pic.twitter.com/gqlYA0pcNO
— CWEB (@cweb) June 8, 2022
We the People moved to the top of the betting boards after drawing the rail position. The son of Constitution enters the race having won three out of four career starts. In his last race, last May 14th at Belmont Park, We the People dominated the Grade 3 Peter Pan Stakes with a gate-to-wire victory by a massive 10 ¼ lengths, with a Beyer speed of 103, the best by any contender and the fastest by any 3-year old this year.
The win was an impressive bounce-back performance after a disappointing 7th place finish in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby in his previous race. As the lone front-runner speed, expect jockey Flavien Prat to place him forward as the clear one to catch in the Belmont Stakes.
Meanwhile, co-favorite Mo Donegal is also expected to factor significantly in the Belmont Stakes. The son of Uncle Mo had never been off the board in five previous starts before a terrible trip to the Kentucky Derby where he finished 5th. Mo Donegal defeated Preakness winner Early Voting in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial at the Aqueduct. He has a win over Kentucky Derby 3rd placer Zandon in the Grade 2 Remsen, also at Aqueduct.
Mo Donegal broke his maiden on the Belmont track in 2021 and is 1-2 in his career over the main track.
Rich Strike Returns After Sitting Out the Preakness
After sitting out the Preakness, Rich Strike will return for the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
However, the Kentucky Derby winner is not the favorite.@Frankie_Fantasy has the opening odds ⬇️https://t.co/PoHohKzMpU
— SI Betting (@SI_Betting) June 7, 2022
The big story in this year’s Belmont Stakes is the return of Rich Strike after sitting out the Preakness. Rich Strike made history by becoming the second-longest winner of the Run of the Roses at 80/1 odds. However, instead of going for the Triple Crown, his owners decided that he sit out the Preakness to give him more time to prepare for the Belmont Stakes.
Trained by Eric Reed, Rich Strike will start from the 4th position. The colt that was claimed for $30,000 at Churchill Downs last September, rallied from far back to overtake odds-on-favorite Epicenter with a dramatic move along the inside. Two starts back, Rich Strike closed for third in the Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park.
Creative Minister, who is currently listed at +650, finished third behind Early Voting and Epicenter in the Preakness three weeks ago. He is the only horse to race all three legs of the Triple Crown this year. On the other hand, Nest comes in at +700 odds. The late-charging filly won by 8 lengths in the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland. The daughter of Curling also rallied to finish behind Secret Oaks in the Kentucky Oaks.