Belmont S. (G1) at Belmont Park
12F on Dirt (June 5)
Horse Racing Data Analyzed: Last 7 Belmont Stakes
Date Range: January 1, 2012 - Present
Sharp Angle: Ranked 1st in Last E1 Pace
Factor Stats: 9 contenders, 4 winners (44%, $39.10 Win Return, 317 ROI%), 4 Place (44%, $9.10 Place Return), 5 show (55%, $9.70 Show Return)
Saturday's Belmont Stakes is known as the 'Test of Champions' due to its demanding mile and one half distance.
While stamina is surely needed to the get trophy in the Belmont, the Betmix Angler online handicapping database tells us that early speed is also key to winning this Classic.
Angler shows that 4 of the past 7 Belmont Stakes heroes ranked first in Last E1 Pace. While the two most recent Triple Crown champions, American Pharoah ($3.50) and Justify ($3.60) are among these winners, a pair of longshots round out the sample. 2013 winner Palace Malice returned $29.60 to his backer and a year later Tonalist paid $20.40.
This handicapping factor also pointed to Joevia, third in the 2019 Belmont at 21-1.
Find this race in Betmix Birddog and use the Last E1 Pace slider to see which horse ranks first in this factor. That’s the Sharp Angles play.