Tacitus Listed as +175 Favorite to Win 2019 Belmont Stakes After Maximum Security Pulls Out
- With Maximum Security out of consideration for the Belmont Stakes, Tacitus has emerged as the early favorite to claim the third jewel in this year's Triple Crown
- Tacitus skipped Preakness Stakes following third-place finish at Kentucky Derby, but has recorded three wins in five career races
- War of Will sits second in Belmont Stakes betting following his win at the Preakness Stakes, while Country House has yet to officially join the field after being hospitalized following Kentucky Derby win
Following owner Gary West’s decision late Sunday night to take Maximum Security out of consideration for a run in the Belmont Stakes, Tacitus now sits alone atop the odds to capture the third jewel in the Triple Crown of American Thoroughbred Racing, perched as a +175 favorite in horse racing futures betting at Bovada.
Odds to Win 2019 Belmont Stakes
|Horse||Odds to Win 2019 Belmont Stakes at
|War of Will||+333|
|Code of Honor||+800|
|Plus Que Parfait||+1400|
*Odds taken on 05/20/19
Maximum Security and Tacitus were listed as co-favorites when Belmont Stakes odds opened Sunday.
Tacitus Looks to Rebound Following Third-Place Run at Kentucky Derby
The son of Tapit, who sired three recent winners of the Belmont Stakes – including Tonalist in 2014, Creator in 2016, and Tapwrit two years ago – Tacitus has been a steady performer in five career races.
The three-year-old colt posted back-to-back wins at the Tampa Bay Derby and Wood Memorial, but was forced to settle for third place at this year’s controversy-plagued Kentucky Derby while pegged as a +900 bet.
However, in addition to Maximum Security’s absence from the field, Tacitus should benefit from jockey Jose L. Ortiz’ experience at the Belmont Stakes, where he earned the win aboard Tapwrit two years ago, and finished second to Triple Crown winner Justify a year ago, riding fan favorite Gronkowski as a +1200 bet.
Tacitus should benefit from jockey Jose L. Ortiz’ experience at the Belmont Stakes, where he earned the win aboard Tapwrit two years ago
War of Will Ended Frustrating Run with Victory at Preakness Stakes
Starting on the inside for the second time in as many races, War of Will buried a frustrating run of two straight distant finishes with a victory last weekend at Pimlico Race Course, paying out as a +1600 bet.
Mark Casse says War Of Will will ship back to @keeneland where he will start preparing for the Belmont. He also gives credit to assistant David Carroll for his role in training War Of Will. pic.twitter.com/GPAn9NgMrP
— TDN (@theTDN) May 18, 2019
After posting wins in three straight races, the descendant of Northern Dancer struggled in his final outing ahead of the Kentucky Derby, finishing ninth at the Louisiana Derby.
Things got no better for War of Will in the Run for the Roses, where he found himself at the center of controversy, with his strong run disrupted by a foul that led to the disqualification of Maximum Security and a seventh-place finish for the Mark Casse-trained colt.
Game Winner Winless in 2019
Pegged as an early favorite to win the Kentucky Derby, Game Winner took a pass on the Preakness Stakes following a disappointing fifth-place finish, with trainer Bob Baffert electing to keep his colt at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Belmont Stakes.
Bob Baffert says Game Winner came back from his Derby run with muscle soreness in his backside. He tells XBTV 's @zoecadman they sent the colt to Rood&Riddle and he checked out okay. He'll get a couple weeks off and then they'll consider a run in the Belmont
📸 @JimCharvat pic.twitter.com/ETfrslBul7
— sdhorserace (@sdhorserace) May 11, 2019
It has been a difficult year for Game Winner after posting wins in his first four career starts in 2018.
With 2014 Belmont Stakes winner Joel Rosario aboard, Game Winner closed out 2018 with wins at the American Pharoah Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, but turned in second-place performances at the Rebel Stakes and Santa Anita Derby before finishing out of the money at the Kentucky Derby.
Country House Hospitalized Following Kentucky Derby Win
It remains unclear whether Country House will return to action in time for the Belmont Stakes.
Sired by 2010 Preakness Stakes winner Lookin at Lucky, Country House rewarded loyal bettors with a win at the Kentucky Derby as a long +3300 bet, marking his first career win in a graded stakes race.
But trainer William Mott has yet to confirm Country House’s participation at the Belmont Stakes after the colt was forced to miss the Preakness Stakes while being hospitalized for a cough.
For first time in 23 years, The Ky Derby Winner will not run in the Preakness. Country House has a cough. He finished second in The Derby Saturday, was moved up to first on the d.q. of Maximum Security for interference. A Derby 1st. Trainer Bill Mott talked today in NYC. @wlky pic.twitter.com/OO87N78c15
— Fred Cowgill WLKY (@FredCowgillWLKY) May 7, 2019
A third-place finisher at the Preakness Stakes, Owendale looks likely to join the field at the Belmost Stakes and has opened with +600 odds. Code of Honor follows at +800 despite not being confirmed as part of the field, while Everfast hopes to build on a strong second-place run at the Preakness Stakes as an intriguing +1000 bet.
Pick: War of Will (+333)
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