|Smarty Jones is set to break records this weekend, not simply by becoming the first racehorse to complete the Triple Crown since 1978, but by being the single most backed horse in U.S history. A phenomenal $60 million is expected to be riding on the champion colt by the start of tomorrow’s Belmont stakes. In fact, his victory is such a sure thing that bookmakers are having to invent creative bets with longer odds to keep the punters happy. For instance online bookmaker, Cantor Sport, is taking bets not on whether Smarty will win, but on the number of lengths by which he will do so.|
Bookmakers are preparing themselves to be swamped with bets for the horse that America has really taken to its heart. Smarty Jones has overcome the odds himself to become the champion he is today. Last year he almost died after striking his head on an iron bar after rearing in the starting gate. The horse made a surprising recovery and since then, well, hasn’t looked back.