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The 2022 Triple Crown season has come to an end with Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher picking up his fourth Belmont Stakes victory. Remsen (G2) and Wood Memorial (G2) hero Mo Donegal, fifth in the Kentucky Derby in his last outing, prevailed as the favorite in the 1 1/2 mile test. He added to the high percentage of winning favorites on the Belmont main track, which was 58% for the week of June 6-12.
The favorites pass rate across the country for the week was 38.8%, up slightly from the favorites pass rate of 38.1 the previous week. The size of the field increased from 7.0 to 6.8 average runners on 833 total races, compared to 793 the previous week. The average payout for a $2.00 winning bet increased from $10.33 to $9.97.
Grass racing again offered the most exciting opportunities for bettors and featured larger fields with an average of 8.3 runners. The favorites won 34.5% of the time on grass, the lowest of the three surfaces. The average gain of $2.00 was highest at $11.32.
On the Belmont indoor and outdoor grass courses, the favorites won 38.0% of the time. In the All Grade 1 Pick 5 on Belmont Stakes Day, the favorites failed in the Jaipur and Manhattan Stakes. Long shot Tribhuvan won the Manhattan Stakes, paying $40.20 for a $2.00 winning bet.
Turf races at Horseshoe Indianapolis were where handicappers struggled the most, with chalk winning just 1 of 10 turf races contested. Powerful Picks are available for Horseshoe Indianapolis and all tracks daily.
A required payout of the Rainbow Pick 6 jackpot at Gulfstream Park resulted in a reward of over $62,000 if you were a successful ticket holder. The favorites struggled in the streak and throughout the week. On the Tapeta surface, chalk won 37.0% of the time. On the main track, the favorites won at a rate of 31.0%.