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Belmont Stakes Odds - Hofburg will likely enter the Belmont Stakes as the most lightly raced horse of the bunch. He only ran three races prior to the Kentucky Derby, and he finished a disappointing seventh at Churchill Downs. As of Wednesday, he is the third favorite coming into this race though. He had an impressive showing at the Florida Derby back in March and that has emboldened bettors.
The Belmont Stakes will go to post on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 6:37 p.m. ET at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Catch the Belmont Stakes live on NBC.
Hofburg Belmont Stakes Betting Odds
Career Record: 1-1-0
Career Earnings: $227,950
Belmont Stakes Odds at BetCRIS.com: +400
Hofburg was sired by Tapit. Tapit is likely the most prolific sire alive today. He was named the top sire in North America for three straight years from 2014 to 2016, and he has fathered numerous champions. Hofburg’s dam is Soothing Touch.
Bill Mott is the trainer for Hofburg. Mott trained 2010 Belmont Stakes winner Drosselmeyer and has won three Eclipse Awards over the course of his career. He is more known for his turf horses, but he has had plenty of success on dirt too.
Irad Ortiz Jr. will be Hofburg’s jockey. Ortiz is still young, but he has already won over 1,200 races in his career. He rode Creator to the Winner’s Circle at the 2016 Belmont Stakes, and he has had a few Belmont Oaks victories as well.
Why Hofburg Will Win the Belmont Stakes
Hofburg did not participate in the Preakness Stakes, and that will give him some extra rest heading into the Belmont. While the inexperience might be seen as a hindrance coming into this race, it means he will certainly be fresh.
There is no doubt that he has the speed and the stamina needed to win the race either. He posted a 104 speed rating at the Florida Derby, and he seemed to come on strong at the end of the Kentucky Derby too.
Why Hofburg Won't Win the Belmont Stakes
Although he is talented, Hofburg has not been able to beat any of the elite three-year-olds this year. He finished second to Audible at the Florida Derby, and he has only raced in two big graded stakes races. Additionally, we have only seen him post top-end speed numbers once.
The Final Verdict
Hofburg has a really good chance to win this race. He is suited for longer races, so the distance will benefit him at the Belmont. It would be nice to get him at longer odds considering his track record, but sharp money has come in on him.
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