Hone your Belmont Stakes and horse-racing knowledge at South Point

Hone your Belmont Stakes and horse-racing knowledge at South Point
Racing fans can learn about handicapping horse races and then watch the Belmont Stakes at South Point. (South Point)

A big betting day comes to Las Vegas on Saturday with the running of the Belmont StakesSouth Point Hotel, Casino & Spa has bettors covered with a handicapping seminar and viewing party to celebrate what could be the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

American Pharoah already won the Kentucky Derby in a 20-horse field and the Preakness during a downpour earlier this year, and South Point has him favored with 3:5 odds as of Thursday. That could change dramatically depending on how fans place their bets.

Get a better handle on how to handicap races at a seminar on Friday at 6 p.m. at South Point hosted by John Kelly and professional handicappers Patrick McQuiggan, Toby Turrell and Ralph Siraco. Race fans get a preview of the competing horses and a breakdown of the each horse's racing history.

Then on Saturday, tarting at 9 a.m., South Point hosts a viewing party in the Grand Ballroom. The event includes food specials and free drinks for bettors.

So far, South Point has Frosted at 5:1 odds and Materiality at 6:1 odds of winning the Belmont in Elmont Park, N.Y., in an eight-horse field. Keep in mind, the Belmont Stakes is the most grueling of the three Triple Crown races since it's the final race at 1.5 miles.

Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown winner Secretariat still holds the record of finishing in 2:24 minutes in 1973.

Info: South Point, (866) 796-7111