The Belmont Stakes is the first race of the 2020 Triple Crown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We break down how to watch on TV and via live online stream, odds to win, and draw results, and provide some picks for winners.
Instead of its conventional 1 1/2-miles. There’ll be no spectators.
“The 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes will be conducted at a space of 1 1/8-miles to properly account for the schedule adjustments to the Triple Crown series and overall calendar for 3-year-olds in training,” the New York Racing Association said in a statement.Belmont Stakes 2020 Live
NBC Sports will broadcast the 152nd Belmont Stakes on June 20 from 2:45-6 p.m. ET on NBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports program.
Instead of having the 2020 Belmont Stakes play its traditional function As the famous Triple Crown dream-killer, today’s race was put in the unenviable position of being the first real summer stakes on the”Road To The Derby.” The 152nd running of this race will still bring significant”points” in that long march, 120 actually to the winner, but part of this giant asterisk on the race is that it will be run at a mile-and-and-eighth. Put another way, its own make-it-or-break-it big-show function has been negated, as have its own audiences.
This afternoon’s game will be in seeing whether Tiz The Law, whose odds slid early this morning down to 1-1 in the track, can live up to the nearly universal, and climbing, freight of expectations. Tap It To Acquire is currently at 4-1, but the early-Saturday money is delivering the news is that former second-favorite Sole Volante (9-2 at the morning line), isn’t that any more, standing now at 12-1, or, is roughly three times less likely to win than previously believed by the track. Pneumatic has climbed dramatically, from 8-1 at the morning line to 21-1 this morning. Start looking for more of this volatility because the track”opens” along with the money really starts conversing.
First, a Couple of socially-distanced mechanics: The race will be broadcast on NBC beginning at 3 p.m. EDT, with a projected post time of 5:42. Since The lion’s share of the Belmont’s deal is now happening on the web, the NYRA features the track chances more prominently on its own site, a little silver Lining from the proceedings. With no further ado, here are the latest Track chances, which we will update frequently until post time.
Start time: 5:42 p.m. ET
Online stream: NBCSports.com
Post positions + odds
1. Tap It To Win: 5-1
2. Sole Volante: 5-1
3. Max Player: 15-1
4. Modernist: 20-1
5. Farmington Road: 16-1
6. Fore Left: 30-1
7. Jungle Runner: 65-1
8. Tiz The Law: -120
9. Dr Post: 5-1
10. Pneumatic: 8-1