Belmont Stakes 2022 predictions, best bets: Expert picks for win, place, show, trifecta, superfecta -

Belmont Stakes 2022 predictions, best bets: Expert picks for win, place, show, trifecta, superfecta

The 2022 Belmont Stakes will take place on Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., and Rich Strike is generating a lot of the buzz after his win as a massive long shot at the Kentucky Derby. The horse didn’t get into the field until the last minute when Ethereal Road was scratched and he got a perfect trip around from jockey Sonny Leon to win at 80-1. Rich Strike was held out of the 2022 Preakness Stakes after his win to prep for the 1 1/2-mile Belmont, but he won’t get the chance to run against Preakness winner Early Voting after his connections opted to hold him out of the third leg of the Triple Crown.

Rich Strike is certainly on everybody’s radar after his big Derby win and he’s one of the top favorites at 7-2 in the 2022 Belmont Stakes odds. We the People is the 2-1 favorite after his romp at the Peter Pan Stakes last month and Wood Memorial winner Mo Donegal is listed at 5-2. He’ll be one of two Todd Pletcher horses in the Belmont Stakes field along with Nest (8-1), who is only the 24th filly to ever run in the race. With so much to consider while making your 2022 Belmont Stakes picks, a little expert help can go a long way.

The 2022 Belmont Stakes will be the 154th running of the race and this will be the 111th time that the race has taken place at Belmont Park. Favorite We the People will be in the No. 1 post and that is the position that has produced the most winners in Belmont history, with 24 horses breaking from the rail and winning. This is the fourth-oldest race in the history of North American horse racing and the 1 1/2-mile distance was established in 1926. Sarava was the biggest longshot to ever win the Belmont Stakes, with a $2 ticket cashing for $142.50 when he won in 2002. The biggest long shots in this year’s race are Golden Glider and Skippylongstocking at 20-1.

Given all the history, there’s a method to picking which horses to focus on for exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets in a Belmont Stakes like this, and SportsLine expert Jody Demling knows what it is. He can help you make the best 2022 Belmont Stakes picks possible.

A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling enters the Belmont Stakes 2022 having nailed the winner of this race three of the last four years. He hit the exacta, trifecta, and superfecta in last year’s Belmont Stakes with Essential Quality. Two years ago, Demling said Tiz the Law was clearly the class of the field, and Barclay Tagg’s horse pulled away for a convincing 3 3/4-length victory. In 2018, he was all over Justify, jockey Mike Smith, and trainer Bob Baffert to make horse racing history at Belmont Park. The result: Justify became just the 13th Triple Crown winner ever, and anyone who followed Demling’s lead cashed in too.

He’s coming off a major heater in 2020: At one point, he picked the winners of six straight races: the Saudi Cup, Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Louisiana Derby, Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes.

Demling is at his best in the biggest horse races in the world. He has hit 10 of the last 14 Derby-Oaks doubles at Churchill Downs. That means he held a ticket with the winners of both races all but four times in the last 14 years. He’s also called nine of the last 18 Preakness winners, keenly understanding when the Kentucky Derby winner was poised for victory or a massive upset, and nailed this year’s Preakness trifecta. Anyone who has followed him is up huge.┬áNow, he’s sharing all of his 2022 Belmont Stakes bets here.

Top 2022 Belmont Stakes expert picks

Here’s a refresher on these types of bets from SportsLine’s Jody Demling:

Belmont Stakes Exacta: Pick the first- and second-place finishers in the correct order. A $2 exacta returned $15.00 at the 2021 Belmont Stakes with Essential Quality and Hot Rod Charlie.

Belmont Stakes Trifecta: Pick the first-, second- and third-place finishers in the correct order. A $1 trifecta returned $21.70 at the 2021 Belmont Stakes with Essential Quality, Hot Rod Charlie and Rombauer.

Belmont Stakes Superfecta: Pick the first-, second-, third- and fourth-place finishers in the correct order. A $1 superfecta returned a colossal $60.70 at the 2021 Belmont Stakes with Essential Quality, Hot Rod Charlie, Rombauer and Known Agenda.

While Demling has no quibbles with the favorite status of We the People (2-1) and Mo Donegal (5-2), he plans to hold tickets with Creative Minister (6-1) and Nest (8-1), as well as a double-digit underdog who could really spice up the payouts. You can see his picks here.

How to make 2022 Belmont Stakes bets

Demling has specific recommendations for exacta, trifecta and superfecta wagers so you can cover all your bases at the Belmont Stakes 2022. He’s sharing them over at SportsLine.

So which horses do you take? And in what combinations? Visit SportsLine to get Demling’s picks for exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets for the 2022 Belmont Stakes.

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