Rich Strike will make his return to the track on Saturday for the 2022 Belmont Stakes, but none of the 2022 Belmont Stakes horses can pull off an upset like he did as an 80-1 long shot in the Kentucky Derby. Skippylongstocking and Golden Glider have the longest Belmont Stakes 2022 odds at 20-1. Golden Glider finished second in the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont, but he was more than 10 lengths behind the winner, We the People, who is the 2-1 favorite on Saturday. Skippylongstocking came in fifth place in the Preakness and was third in the Wood Memorial earlier this year. Should you include either long shot in your 2022 Belmont Stakes bets? Post time for the Belmont 2022 is 5:44 p.m. ET. 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 Belmont Stakes 2022 approaching, 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 Belmont Stakes picks: He is fading We the People, even though he is the 2-1 favorite. We the People has the best Beyer Speed Figure in the field at 103, putting him ahead of Rich Strike’s 101. He is also coming off a win in the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont, so his position as the favorite is not surprising.
Demling has no interest in backing him at short odds, though, since We the People had favorable track conditions against a weaker field in the Peter Pan Stakes. He also stumbled against a strong group of horses at the Arkansas Derby, winding up with a seventh-place finish. It is unlikely that he falls that far in an eight-horse field on Saturday, but he is not a smart wager to win outright.