- Lane Gold, ESPN Insider
The Triple Crown wraps up Saturday at Belmont Park, and thanks to different Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners, for the 35th consecutive year no horse will capture the elusive three-race sweep. What does await fans and bettors is a near-capacity field of 14 horses with good betting opportunities.
The Belmont will serve as a grudge match of sorts between the Derby and Preakness winners. Orb, the Derby victor, is expected to be the betting favorite despite his unexpected fourth-place finish in the Preakness. He is back at his home track, and the three weeks of rest between races is something that will likely benefit him. Oxbow, who was able to go unchallenged nearly the entire running of the Preakness, is out to prove that his victory wasn't a fluke.
For bettors, the Belmont should be appealing as just five favorites have won since 1978, with some monumental upsets in recent years including Sarava (70-1) in 2002, Birdstone (36-1) in 2004, Da' Tara (38-1) in 2008 and Ruler On Ice (24-1) in 2011.
Due to an uncertain track condition, since the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea are expected to move out of the New York area on Saturday morning, handicapping the race will be a challenge. But there will be plenty of good betting values in the race. Here are a few horses worth looking at.