Belmont Stakes odds players were awaiting word on whether or not Rachel Alexandra would run as that also determined who would get the mounts for Belmont Stakes betting.
Calvin Borel is going for the jockey version of the Triple Crown against the Belmont Stakes odds as he rode Mine That Bird to an “impossible” 50/1 victory in the “Run for the Roses” only to jilt the gelding for the Preakness Stakes and mount Rachel Alexandra instead.
He then guided the filly to a wire-to-wire win at the Preakness for his second Triple Crown win. He will now try and make it three for three in Belmont Stakes betting action by coming back to Mine That Bird for a mount against the Belmont Stakes odds.
Borel is the main story this week for the Belmont Stakes odds as he will attempt to be the first jockey in history to win all three Triple Crown races on different horses.
Borel was Rachel Alexandra’s rider for all of her races this year and felt compelled to ride her against the Belmont Stakes odds had she made the field but once it was decided that she would skip this week’s race Borel was more than happy to get back on Mine That Bird.
A lot of credit must go to Mine That Bird’s trainer Chip Woolley and co-owners Mark Allen and Dr. Leonard Balch for having the class and the patience to wait on a decision for Rachel Alexandra and allow Borel time to sort out which mount that he would get against the Belmont Stakes odds.
There are plenty of trainers, owners, and farms that would not have done so. Mine That Bird has excellent pedigree for the Belmont Stakes odds as he is the son of 2004 Belmont winner Birdstone, who ruined Smarty Jones’ Triple Crown bid that year with a dramatic finish to win by a length.
Birdstone’s run that year against the Belmont Stakes odds was similar to Mine That Bird’s runs in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes as he closed strong and powerful down the stretch.
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