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2022 Belmont Stakes horses, contenders, odds, date: Expert who called last 2 winners shares picks

With a length of 1 1/2 miles, the 2022 Belmont Stakes will be the longest and most taxing of the three Triple Crown races. Rich Strike rallied late to win the Kentucky Derby and could be well-rested after skipping the Preakness Stakes. Will the extra quarter-mile pose a problem given he’s unlikely to benefit from a ragged pace like he did to win the Derby as an 80-1 long shot? Jockey Sonny Leon was masterful in navigating traffic to get Rich Strike into a position to close and he’ll be back in the saddle again on Saturday, June 11 for the Belmont Stakes 2022. Rich Strike is 5-1 in the 2022 Belmont Stakes odds, while Mo Donegal is the 5-2 favorite in the 2022 Belmont Stakes field after a fifth-place finish in the Derby. With so much to consider, you’ll want to see what SportsLine’s Jody Demling has to say before entering any 2022 Belmont Stakes picks or horse racing predictions of your own, considering his spectacular track record in this race.

A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling enters the Belmont Stakes 2022 having nailed the winner of this race three of the last four years. He hit the exacta, trifecta, and superfecta in last year’s Belmont Stakes with Essential Qualiy. Two years ago, Demling said Tiz the Law was clearly the class of the field, and Barclay Tagg’s horse pulled away for a convincing 3 3/4-length victory. In 2018, he was all over Justify, jockey Mike Smith, and trainer Bob Baffert to make horse racing history at Belmont Park. The result: Justify became just the 13th Triple Crown winner ever, and anyone who followed Demling’s lead cashed in too.

He’s coming off a major heater in 2020: At one point, he picked the winners of six straight races: the Saudi Cup, Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Louisiana Derby, Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes.

Demling is at his best in the biggest horse races in the world. He has hit 10 of the last 14 Derby-Oaks doubles at Churchill Downs. That means he held a ticket with the winners of both races all but four times in the last 14 years. He’s also called nine of the last 18 Preakness winners, keenly understanding when the Kentucky Derby winner was poised for victory or a massive upset, and nailed this year’s Preakness trifecta. Anyone who has followed him is up huge.

Now, with the 2022 Belmont Stakes coming up, Demling is sharing his picks and predictions over at SportsLine. Go here to see them.

Top 2022 Belmont Stakes predictions

One of Demling’s surprising 2022 Preakness Stakes picks: He is fading We The People, even though he is one of the top favorites and just won the Peter Pan Stakes. In fact, Demling says We The People barely cracks the top three. Listed at 7-2, We The People didn’t debut until February of his three-year-old season, winning at Oaklawn Park and following that up with a victory in an allowance race the following month.

However, trainer Rodolphe Brisset has admitted he’s been difficult to train and he finished seventh in his stakes debut in the Arkansas Derby. That race didn’t have nearly as talented of a field as the Belmont Stakes 2022 will, while his tendency to run near the front of the pack could be an obstacle in the 1 1/2-mile race.

How to make 2022 Belmont Stakes picks, bets

2022 Belmont Stakes horses, odds

Mo Donegal 5-2

We The People 7-2

Rich Strike 5-1

Creative Minister 6-1

Nest 8-1

Ethereal Road 10-1

Skippylongstocking 13-1

Barber Road 14-1

Golden Glider 20-1

Kuchar 33-1

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