Belmont Oaks & Belmont Derby
Belmont Oaks (G1) & Belmont Derby (G1)
10F at Belmont Park (July 6)
Races Analyzed: Last 5 runnings of the Belmont Oaks & Belmont Derby
Date Range: January 1, 2013 - Present
Sharp Angle: Ranked 1st in Best Lifetime Speed
Factor Stats: 11 contenders, 3 winners (27%), $42.8 win bet return, 294 ROI%, 3 place/show (27%), $4.10 return.
Belmont Park closes out its 2019 Spring/Summer meeting with a bang, carding a quintet of graded stakes on July 6. The main attractions are the Belmont Oaks and Belmont Derby, which have grown in popularity from both horsemen and handicappers since being inaugurated 2014. This year's full and competitive fields attest to that.
We queried the Betmix Angler handicapping database for info on all runnings of the Oaks & Derby and discovered that Best Lifetime Speed has been a profitable, albeit risky, factor to target.
Two of the first five Belmont Derby winners have ranked first in this factor - Mr Speaker, the $49 winner in 2014 and last year's hero Catholic Boy who also returned a double-digit win mutuel ($12.20). The odds-on Lady Eli is the lone Oaks winner that qualified.
The average odds for the 11 total contenders is 20-1 so this angle may help bettors swing for the fences if so inclined.
Find this race in Betmix Birddog and use the Best Lifetime Speed slider to see which horse ranks first in this factor. That’s the Sharp Angles play.