Run at a demanding distance at the end of a rigorous five weeks for those that compete in all three legs of the Triple Crown, it is no surprise the Belmont Stakes has produced several monumental upsets over the years. After all, it’s called the “Test of the Champion” for a reason.
The biggest longshot to win the race came in 2002 when Sarava lit up the toteboard at odds of 70-1. The upset was so shocking that Sarava’s own trainer, Ken McPeek, only felt confident enough to wager $10 on the horse. Closely trailing Sarava is Sherluck, who won the race at 65-1 in 1961, followed by Temperance Hill, who emerged victorious in 1980 at 53-1.
Though he was nearly half the price of Sarava, Birdstone is perhaps the Belmont’s most famous upsetter. Sent off at 36-1 in 2004, Birdstone stormed home to catch crowd-favorite Smarty Jones in the final strides and deny that one the Triple Crown. More than 85,000 people crammed into Belmont Park that day to watch Smarty Jones’ coronation, the vast majority of whom left disappointed.
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The Odds for the 2020 Belmont Stakes as per the Morning Line are as follows: