It's been a half century since the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl. In fact, it's been 50 years since the Chiefs went to the Super Bowl. But Kansas City is favored to get there this year. The Chiefs go into the AFC Championship Game as 7.5-point favorites over the Tennessee Titans. Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers are seven-point favorites over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.
Belmont Stakes Exotics
Betting Belmont Stakes Exacta and Trifecta
While the Kentucky Derby was about the hype, and the Preakness Stakes about the possibility of a Triple Crown bid, the Belmont Stakes on June 10 is looking like a good handicapping race. Although the final entries and post position draw won't take place until the Wednesday before the race, Bovada's racebook is offering future odds on the expected starting field.
Multiple horses coming into the race have some sort of uncertainty, including the pre-race favorite Classic Empire (2-1). After running very well to get fourth in a troubled Kentucky Derby, and then winning a duel with Derby winner Always Dreaming only to be caught in the very last strides of the Preakness, there's no question he's the class of the Belmont field. It depends on how much he has left in the tank for the tough 1 1/2 miles on the Belmont dirt, which will be his fourth race in eight weeks.
While he certainly has to be a part of any exotic tickets, he'll offer little value as the top choice, and it seems like this is a spot to try and beat him.
One who comes into the race flying somewhat under the radar is Tapwrit (10-1), from the same trainer as Derby winner Always Dreaming. Looking at his most recent results may not inspire much hope, as he was sixth in the Derby and fifth prior to that in the Blue Grass Stakes. But a careful look at both those races offers some food for thought. He had just about as much trouble in the Derby as Classic Empire and rallied to get up late on a sloppy track. In the Blue Grass, there was little early pace to run at and he broke poorly, racing wide through the entire race.
Another coming out of the Preakness with some intrigue is Senior Investment (8-1). He took a big step forward to run third in the second leg of the Triple Crown. Although the Belmont winner is rarely a deep closer, there's likely to be a fairly good pace to the race to help those coming from the back, and another move forward could put him in the picture late.
Perhaps the horse with the most uncertainty is Irish War Cry (9-1). He was a co-favorite for the Derby and loomed as a serious challenger for the win off the final turn, but then faded badly to a disappointing 10th. Prior to that he looked very good winning the Wood Memorial. He's been on a good-race, bad-race trend, so he's due for a good one if that logic is anything to go by.
Here are some reasonable exotic plays for the Belmont.
Belmont Exacta Bet
$2 - Taprit w/ Irish War Cry, Classic Empire, Senior Investment = $6
$2 - Irish War Cry w/ Tapwrit, Classic Empire, Senior Investment = $6
Belmont Trifecta Bet
$2 - Tapwrit w/ Irish War Cry, Classic Empire, Senior Investment w/Irish War Cry, Classic Empire, Senior Investment = $12
$2 - Irish War Cry w/ Tapwrit, Classic Empire, Senior Investment w/ Tapwrit, Classic Empire, Senior Investment = $12
The total cost of these bets would then be $36. Of course, you can increase these wagers to the level you are comfortable with given your bankroll.
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