So it comes down to this. Big Sandy. The Test of Champions. California Chrome in of field of 11 three-year-old colts in the mile and a half Belmont Stakes in an attempt to end a 36-year Triple Crown drought. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner rolls into Elmont, New York on a six-race win streak with just a lucky number seven to go to seal his place in racing history. The 2014 Belmont Stakes is scheduled to go to post at 6:52 p.m. Eastern time with coverage provided by NBC.
California Chrome drew post position 2 and was installed as the 3/5 morning line favorite by the Belmont Park odds maker. Ride On Curlin, runner up to Chrome in the Preakness, drew post position 5 and is 12/1 on the morning line. Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve drew post 4 and is 15/1 on the morning line. Wicked Strong is the second choice on the morning line at odds of 6/1.
The field is set. Let's start the insanity.
Below are the entries, post positions and morning line odds for Saturday's 146th running of the Belmont Stakes.
|1||Medal Count||Robby Albarado||Dale Romans||20/1|
|2||California Chrome||Victor Espinoza||Art Sherman||3/5|
|3||Matterhorn||Joe Bravo||Todd Pletcher||30/1|
|4||Commanding Curve||Shaun Bridgmohan||Dallas Stewart||15/1|
|5||Ride On Curlin||John Velazquez||Billy Gowan||12/1|
|6||Matuszak||Mike Smith||Bill Mott||30/1|
|7||Samraat||Jose Ortiz||Richard Violette||20/1|
|8||Commissioner||Javier Castellano||Todd Pletcher||20/1|
|9||Wicked Strong||Rajiv Maragh||James Jerkens||6/1|
|10||General a Rod||Rosie Napravnik||Michael Maker||20/1|
|11||Tonalist||Joel Rosario||Christophe Clement||8/1|