The Belmont Stakes horses in 2023 featured some of the best three-year-olds on the planet and several competitors from this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. And those thoroughbreds generated a whole bunch of bets from folks looking to score big by picking the 2023 winner.
Here you can find out who were the horses in the event, the favorites, and who won the mile-and-a-half race in Elmont, New York in 2023.
2023 Belmont Stakes horses
The horses in the 155th running of the Belmont Stakes included many of the top three-year-olds in the world, favorites from the Kentucky Derby, and the winner of the 2023 Preakness Stakes.
Trainer Todd Pletcher had a pair of serious contenders competing in this race that also had strong odds in the Kentucky Derby. However, unlike Forte, Tapit Trice took part in the Derby following a four-race win streak but the colt did not fair well. Finishing in seventh place in May. However, entering the Belmont, Tapit was seen as a favorite, even over stablemate Forte.
Antonio Sano’s Il Miracolo ran in an impressive 10 races before the Belmont. Unfortunately, it won in only two of those 10. Fortunately, one of those victories came just a few weeks before in the AlwOC, meaning Il Miracolo entered the event a massive underdog with confidence.
Arcangelo was one to watch at this year’s race. The Jena Antonucci-trained three-year-old entered the event with serious momentum after back-to-back wins, including a May win at this very track. With just 8-1 odds heading into the event, Arcangelo had the chance to surprise the racing world and actually did at the 2023 Belmont Stakes.
While he is banned from the Kentucky Derby, legendary trainer Bob Baffert was at the Preakness and his horse National Treasure was one of the favorites. This shows how well respected his resume is because the colt had not had a strong showing before then. It didn’t matter because Treasure dominated to win this year’s Preakness and was a popular choice at Belmont.
Todd Pletcher-trained colt Forte was a top choice to win the Kentucky Derby before he was removed from the race the day before, so it is unsurprising he was a popular pick with oddsmakers for the Belmont. The horse had won six of the seven races it had been in, including his last five.
Odds for 2003 Belmont Stakes
Here you can find the complete field for the 2023 Belmont Stakes and the odds before the event.
2023 Belmont Stakes betting odds
- Tapit Trice – 3-1
- Forte – 5-2
- National Treasure – 5-1
- Angel of Empire – 7-2
- Arcangelo – 8-1
- Hit Show – 10-1
- Red Route One – 15-1
- Tapit Shoes – 20-1
- Il Miracolo – 30-1
Who won 2023 Belmont Stakes?
Arcangelo was a sleeper pick to win the 2023 Belmont Stakes based on a solid resume before the race. The horse’s 8-1 odds also confirmed that oddsmakers saw potential in the colt. After running right behind favorite Forte for much of the race, Arcangelo stormed to the finish late and made history to win the race.
With the victory, Arcangelo’s trainer Jena Antonucci became the first woman to win a Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown race.