By Mike Sullivan

The 149th Belmont Stakes will be taking place on Saturday evening in Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The Belmont Stakes is the third, and final event in the Triple Crown, which also includes the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

You’re probably wondering who the favorite is. Keep in mind that both the Derby winner Always Dreaming and Preakness winner Cloud Computing will not be competing in the Belmont. Therefore, Irish War Cry has emerged as the betting favorite ahead of Saturday's Belmont Stakes, who has received favorable odds in the first two legs of the Triple Crown, but failed to be victorious.

For those who may be a bit unfamiliar, there will be twelve horses and jockeys competing in the Belmont Stakes. They will race the track in hopes of winning the $800,000 prize. The runner-up earns $280,000, third receives $150,000, fourth gets $100,000 and fifth pulls in $60,000. The final event of the Triple Crown trio, the Belmont Stakes is a 1.5-mile race.

So there’s a lot on the line. Let’s take a look at the complete field with odds:

1. Twisted Tom 15/1

2. Tapwrit 6/1

3. Gormley 7/1

4. J Boys Echo 15/1

5. Hollywood Handsome 20/1

6. Lookin at Lee 5/1

7. Irish War Cry 3/1

8. Senior Investment 10/1

9. Meantime 15/1

10. Multiplier 12/1

11. Epicharis 7/2

12. Patch 15/1

Here are my betting tips and prediction.

First and foremost, let me point out that I definitely would have selected Classic Empire to win the Belmont, but he was recently scratched.

I’ve been high on Irish War Cry all season but I just don’t think he has enough to win the Belmont. I think Irish War Cry will get out to a good start, as he’s usually a pace setting horse. But he ultimately won’t win the race.

A lot of people are wondering about this horse named Epicharis. Who is he? Well, he's a Japanese trained horse who hasn't ran since March 25 at the UAE Derby where he finished second. Before that, he won three consecutive races in his native country. He's my longshot because he will be well rested and has plenty of speed. But there's a horse who I think has more speed and will win it all!

The horse I’m talking about it Lookin At Lee. Lee is the best built horse for this race. He has a ton of speed and power and is perfect for the track's wide sweeping turn that benefits true speedsters. I really like Lookin At Lee to win this race due to his stretch running ability.

If I had to pick a first, second and third, I’ll go with Lookin At Lee to win it all, followed by Irish War Cry second and then Epicharis third. It should be a really fun race to watch.

Post time is set for 6:37 PM ET, and the race is scheduled to begin around 6:50 p.m. on NBC.

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