Last Updated on June 10, 2020

Unfortunately, the 152nd Belmont Stakes and 146th Kentucky Derby will be without potential favorite Charlatan according to horse racing reporter Ray Paulick. World-renowned trainer Bob Baffert says Charlatan has a minor ankle issue that will keep him out at least 45 days. With the reconfigured schedule in the wake of coronavirus, this means Charlatan will miss the first two legs of the Triple Crown.

Fortunately, Baffert is holding out hope that Charlatan will be back in time for the Preakness, but that is only a possibility at this point. We’ll have to wait and see how the horse recovers from this minor setback. Charlatan recently finished first in the Arkansas Derby, but that win is in question after he tested positive for lidocaine. The Arkansas Racing Commission is still investigating the positive test.

 

2020 Belmont Stakes Odds

With the injury to Charlatan and the recent retirement of Nadal, Tiz The Law becomes the odds-on favorite to win at Belmont per US Racing. Early on, the Belmont appeared to be a three-horse race, but now things have shifted in favor of Tiz The Law.

Position  Horse  Fractional  American 
 
1 Tiz The Law 5/2 +200
2 Dr Post 12/1 +1600
3 Sole Volante 15/1 +1800
4 Basin 17/1 +2500
5 Farmington Road 20/1 +2500
6 Gouverneur Morris 22/1 +2500
7 Max Player 24/1 +2500
8 Modernist 30/1 +3300

 

Without Charlatan and Nadal, taking. chance on a dark horse (pun intended) makes a little more sense. Dr. Post and Sole Volante are certainly in the mix behind Tiz The Law, but even longer shots like Gouverneur Morris and Max Player could be profitable for bettors.

Despite the unfortunate dropouts from the Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Derby, the massive changes to this year’s schedule should make for an interesting season. The Belmont will kick off the Triple Crown on June 20 with the Kentucky Derby following on Sept. 5 and the Preakness closing out the trio of races on Oct. 3.

Horse racing fans are experiencing a much different summer season than they are used to, but the show must go on.