Belmont Stakes Longshot Golden Glider Is Worth a Look

The 2022 Belmont Stakes is Saturday, June 11 with post time at 6:49 p.m. EST. Using TVG projections and Horse Racing Nation as a guide, here are the horse profiles for the 1.5-mile “Test of the Champion” at Belmont Park.

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#7 Golden Glider

Morning Line Odds: 20/1
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Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by jockey Dylon Davis, Golden Glider was installed at 20/1 on the morning line odds.

Davis is the current Belmont meet's winningest jockey with 31 wins. His 19% win rate is tied with Flavien Prat and Joel Rosario behind leader Irad Ortiz, Jr. (31%).

Golden Glider has run his last three races on "off" tracks, and he’s primed for a better effort and pace scenario in the Belmont. Horse Racing Nation rates him the top double-digit longshot pick, as Golden Glider owns an ideal form progression built on a strong foundation that replicates the profile of so many longshots who have hit the board in the Belmont Stakes.

This son of four-time Grade 1 and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Ghostzapper makes his fifth straight graded stakes start after finishing a very distant second to Belmont favorite We the People in last month’s Peter Pan Stakes over this Belmont track. But he’ll likely be positioned mid-pack and can use a more favorable pace to his advantage. He has the BRIS Energy Distribution Profile to finish stronger.

There have been eight Belmont winners with double-digit odds across the last 15 years. Horse Racing Nation and TVG suggest Golden Glider is a longshot who can surprise with a slight win chance and an excellent shot to finish top-four in the superfecta.