The 2021 Belmont Stakes will be held in Belmont Park in Nassau County, New York on Saturday, June 5, and several major Kentucky Derby contenders are expected to return to the Triple Crown path after missing the Preakness Stakes. Hot Rod Charlie finished third at Churchill Downs, and he’ll be shipped across the nation from California to compete in the 2021 Belmont Stakes. Meanwhile, after finishing fourth at Churchill Downs, trainer Brad Cox is considering taking Kentucky Derby favourite Essential Quality to Belmont.
Rombauer, who stunned the horse racing world by sprinting past Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit and Midnight Bourbon in the stretch of the Preakness to win by 3 1/2 lengths, will be a tough opponent for them both. In the 2021 Belmont Stakes odds, Essential Quality is a 7-2 favourite, with Hot Rod Charlie at 9-2 and Rombauer at 5-1. You should check out famed handicapper Hammerin’ Hank Goldberg’s latest horse racing predictions before making any 2021 Belmont Stakes predictions.
Goldberg, a former ESPN and NBC horse racing announcer, rose to prominence as a legendary handicapper by going right to the source. In 2004, he dined with trainer Nick Zito at a Queens pizzeria before the Belmont Stakes. After the dinner, Goldberg decided to bet on Zito’s 36-1 long shot Birdstone to win, in addition to his exacta, trifecta, and superfecta wagers. Goldberg won $24,000 when Birdstone surprised the globe.
His performance at SportsLine has persisted. Hammer ran a $20 exacta that paid 9-1 in the San Felipe Stakes in March. Last June, Goldberg was all over Tiz the Law, who won the Belmont Stakes by a comfortable margin in the year’s first Triple Crown race. Hammer captured the Art Collector-Swiss Skydiver exacta in the Blue Grass Stakes. In the Haskell, he hit the Authentic-Ny Traffic exacta in July. In August, he won the Maximum Security-Sharp Samurai exacta at the Pacific Classic.
Trainer Bob Baffert told Goldberg before last year’s Kentucky Derby that Authentic was his best Derby runner. As a result, Goldberg named him one of his top horses, and Authentic won by nearly four lengths over Tiz the Law. Anyone who has followed Goldberg’s advice is on the right track.
Now, Goldberg has analysed many potential contenders for the 2021 Belmont Stakes and has revealed his findings exclusively on SportsLine.
Predictions for the 2021 Belmont Stakes
Even though Rock Your World is one of the favourites at 6-1 in the Belmont Stakes 2021 odds, Goldberg is discounting him for the 153rd Run for the Carnations. The son of Candy Ride by Charm the Maker broke his maiden in a turf event at Santa Anita on New Year’s Day and then won the Pasadena Stakes the following month.
Because of his speed in those races, trainer John Sadler decided to enter him in the Santa Anita Derby, which he won in a convincing victory over Medina Spirit. He was a favourite for the Kentucky Derby as a result of this, but he was pushed out of the gate and never recovered.
At Belmont Park, he’ll want to get to the front, but even if he breaks better, he’ll face a lot of closing pace, and the 1 1/2-mile distance might be a concern.
How to Predict the 2021 Belmont Stakes
Hammer’s first option is a horse that is “coming off his best couple of races.” At the Belmont, this horse has a critical x-factor working in his favour. Here are his predictions for the leading contenders for the 2021 Belmont Stakes.
So, who will win the Belmont Stakes in 2021? Which unexpected horse should you bet on? Check out the most recent 2021 Belmont odds below, then head over to SportsLine to check Goldberg’s 2021 Belmont Stakes predictions.
Contenders for the 2021 Belmont Stakes, with odds
Essential Quality 7-2
Hot Rod Charlie 9-2
Rock Your World 6-1
Known Agenda 9-1
Rebel’s Romance 11-1
Promise Keeper 15-1
Brooklyn Strong 25-1
France Go de Ina 28-1