The 2022 Belmont Stakes horses are starting to take shape ahead of this Saturday’s big race run at Belmont Park. We take a look at the eight Belmont Stakes runners for the ‘Run For The Carnations’ – plus their riders, draws and latest betting odds for the third leg of the US horse racing Triple Crown.
2022 Belmont Stakes Runners and Riders
MO DONEGAL @ 2/1 with BetOnline
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr
Last seen running 5th in the Kentucky Derby – beaten only 3 3/4 lengths. That came over 1m2f but was running on well to suggest the step up in trip here to 1m4f will be a huge plus. He also bypassed the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico last time out so will head here fresher than some, while his trainer Todd Pletcher has a top record in the race – winning the Belmont Stakes three times since 2007.
Is also a past winner at Belmont Park, having won here on debut back in October 21. Looks likely to go off as the Belmont Stakes favorite and it’s easy to see why – the one to beat.
WE THE PEOPLE @ 3/1 with BetOnline
Trainer: Rodolphe Brisset
Jockey: Flavien Prat
Has missed both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, so this is the first of the US Triple Crown races We The People will run in. Has only had three career runs to his name, but has won two of those, including last time out here at Belmont Park in the Peter Pan Stakes – 2 of the last 8 winners of the Belmont Stakes ran in the Peter Pan Stakes which is a trend in his favour.
That last win was a facile 10 1/2 length success over 1m1f so will need to prove he can stay the extra 3 furlongs here, but certainly wasn’t stopping last time with that easy win and his proven track form is a big plus – three of the last 10 Belmont Stakes winners had won at the track before. Trainer Rodolphe Brisset is yet to win this race.
RICH STRIKE @ 5/1 with BetOnline
Trainer: Eric R Reed
Jockey: Sonny Leon
Went into the record books as the 80/1 winner of the Kentucky Derby last time out at Churchill Downs, when coming with an eyecatching late run to deny Epicenter by 3/4 of a length. Connections decided to miss the second leg of the US Triple Crown (Preakness Stakes) – therefore, will come here having had just over a month to get over that last win.
The way he weaved through the field that day and stayed on suggests the step up in trip here to 1m4f will be within range. Is yet to race at Belmont Park, but there is no obvious reason why it won’t suit. Will certainly have his supporters, despite his jockey and trainer both still to win this race.
CREATIVE MINISTER @ 6/1 with BetOnline
Trainer: Kenneth McPeek
Jockey: B J Hernandez
Lightly-raced 3 year-old colt that will be popular after a recent third in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico racecourse last time out. Was 3 1/2 lengths off the winner – Early Voting – that day and plugged on well over that 1m 1 1/2f trip to suggest the step up to 1m4f is worth a crack.
Is yet to race at Belmont Park and his trainer and jockey are also still to record a win in the Belmont Stakes, but with only four career runs and having finished in the top three in all those starts, then he’s sure to have his backers.
NEST @ 8/1 with BetOnline
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Jose L Ortiz
Only 23 fillies have ever run in the Belmont Stakes, with only three of those winning. The most recent of the female Belmont Stakes winners was in 2007 (Rags To Riches). Nest was last seen running second at Churchill Downs in the Kentucky Oaks as a beaten favourite that day, but was doing all her best work in the closing stages to suggest this step up in trip will suit.
Is also another that’s trained by Todd Pletcher, who has won the Belmont Stakes three times since 2007. While being a filly she will get a handy 5lbs allowance from the boys.
BARBER ROAD @ 10/1 with BetOnline
Trainer: John Alexander Ortiz
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Ran sixth in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs last time out – beaten just 4 3/4 lengths. Ran wide that day but was staying well at the end, so this step up to 1m4f looks a good move. The negative ahead of his chance is that he’s still to win a race from 6 runs, plus he’s yet to race here at Belmont Park. Trainer John Alexander Ortiz is still to win this race, but his jockey – Joel Rosario – has history in the Belmont Stakes – winning the race in 2019 on Sir Winston and in 2014 on Tonalist.
SKIPPYLONGSTOCKING @ 12/1 with BetOnline
Trainer: Saffie A Joseph
Jockey: Manuel Franco
Just the one career win to his name and that came three runs back at Gulfstream Park. Has since run fifth in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico three weeks ago – keeping on at the one pace that day. The step up in trip is a slight unknown, but running style suggests it’s worth a crack having looked a bit one-paced over shorter. First run at Belmont Park and his trainer is yet to win this race, but his jockey – Manny Franco – knows what is takes to win the Belmont Stakes, having guided home Tiz The Law to victory in 2020.
GOLDEN GLIDER @ 20/1 with BetOnline
Trainer: Mark Casse
Jockey: Dylan Davis
Comes from the 2019 winning yard of Mark E Casse, who took the Belmont Stakes that year with Sir Winston. Only career win for this horse from five runs came on debut at Tampa Bay Down back in January, while was last seen running second to We The People in the Peter Pan Stakes.
On a plus, that last run came here at the track, which is a plus, but was trounced 10 1/2 lengths that day by the winner so does have a fair bit of ground to make up on that horse.
Latest Belmont Stakes Betting Odds
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*Belmont Stakes 2022 odds as of May 31, 2022