The 2018 Belmont Stakes will be one of the most watched and wagered on events in recent horse racing history. Only 12 horses have won the Triple Crown, and Justify, a horse going off at
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4-5 in the latest 2018 Belmont Stakes odds, is looking to make that number 13 after dominating the Kentucky Derby and pulling out a tight win at the Preakness. Hofburg at 4-1 and Bravazo at 7-1 in the Belmont odds are some of the top contenders to watch at the event known as the “Test of the Champion.”
Before you make any kind of bet or pick on the 2018 Belmont, you need to see what horse racing legend Hammerin’ Hank Goldberg has to say. In 2004, if you had put down $300 on his Belmont Stakes picks, you would have cashed for $21,000.
The reason Goldberg has been so successful: He goes straight to the source. In 2004, he was all over Birdstone as a 36-1 monster long shot to win the Belmont Stakes over the heavily favored Smarty Jones, who was undefeated like Justify. Goldberg had dinner with Birdstone’s trainer, Nick Zito, before the Belmont Stakes at a pizzeria in Queens.
“Nick told me Birdstone had been training great,” Goldberg said. “He was training off the charts and Nick said the horse would love the Belmont because he had the running style that fit well with the track.” The Hammer pounced on the long shot to win and put him on top of his exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets.
Birdstone, of course, beat Smarty Jones by one length in one of the most thrilling Triple Crown races ever. Royal Assault — almost a 30-1 long shot on the Belmont Stakes odds board and also trained by Zito — finished third, giving the Hammer and his followers monster payouts. Now, he’s gearing up for the 2018 Belmont Stakes.
A legendary prognosticator and current CBS Sports expert, Goldberg couldn’t have been more dead-on about the 2018 Kentucky Derby. He picked Justify to win, saying he excelled in the slop. The result: Justify sloshed to victory over Good Magic in the rain and mud by two-and-a-half lengths.
Then, he called Justify repeating at the Preakness despite an injured heel and sloppy conditions — which is exactly what happened. He also cashed the Pick 4, Pick 5 and Pick 6 at Pimlico this year.
Now that the 2018 Belmont Stakes lineup is taking shape, Goldberg released his early picks, predictions and exotic bets over at SportsLine.
We can tell you Goldberg thinks Justify will be a tired horse as he pursues horse racing’s Triple Crown as the Belmont Stakes favorite.
“The Preakness took a lot out of Justify,” Goldberg told SportsLine. “He was never pushed like he was in that race. His first race was Feb. 18 and he’s going to have considerable competition in the Belmont Stakes, much more than he faced in the Preakness.” Goldberg is sharing his projected finish position for Justify over at SportsLine.
We can tell also tell you that Bravazo, a horse going off at 7-1 in the 2018 Belmont Stakes odds, is a contender that Goldberg is impressed with in the days leading up the event.
“He almost won at the Preakness — just needed a couple extra steps,” Goldberg told SportsLine. “You have to have a lot of respect for D. Wayne Lukas’ horse, he’s one who could make a run at the Belmont.”
In addition to his second-place performance at the Preakness, Bravazo also has three career wins and two other top-three finishes. He’s been improving rapidly in recent weeks, so he’s a horse to watch out for at the 2018 Belmont.
Goldberg is also eyeing a long shot who has a big edge in distance, which is exactly what’s needed in the Belmont Stakes 2018. He’s sharing which horse it is, and his predictions for every Belmont Stakes contender, over at SportsLine.