The one hundred and forty-sixth edition of the Belmont Stakes is set to take place on June 7, 2014.
Here are the post positions, horse names, odds, trainer and jockey names for the final leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown:
1. Medal Count 20-1 (Trainer: Dale Romans, Jockey: Robby Albarado)
2. California Chrome 3-5 (Art Sherman, Victor Espinoza)
3. Matterhorn 30-1 (Todd Pletcher, Joe Bravo)
4. Commanding Curve 15-1 (Dallas Stewart, Shaun Bridgmohan)
5. Ride On Curlin 12-1 (Billy Gowan, John Velazquez)
6. Matuszak 30-1 (Bill Mott, Mike Smith)
7. Samraat 20-1 (Rick Violette, Jose Ortiz)
8. Commissioner 20 -1 (Todd Pletcher, Javier Castellano)
9. Wicked Strong 6-1 (Jimmy Jerkens, Rajiv Maragh)
10. General a Rod 20-1 (Mike Maker, Rosie Napravnik)
11. Tonalist 8-1 (Christophe Clement, Joel Rosario)
The odds shown were current as of when this feature was published. Check the Belmont Park site for the most up-to-date information.
Here we go again. Yet another two-win horse attempts to take the Belmont Stakes.
There have been a number of Kentucky Derby-Preakness Stakes’ winners since Affirmed captured the Triple Crown in 1978. Each great animal was surrounded by an equally impressive human team. Regardless of hunches, or seasoned reviews of statistics, no one knows if Art Sherman’s efforts will allow Victor Espinosa to guide Steve Coburn and Perry Martin’s California Chrome through one more great race to first place at the finish line.
That question is what makes this worldwide event so transfixing. Collective hope awaits a tight race with the right dramatic ending.
Sir Barton was the original ‘Triple Crown’ champion in 1919. Though, for historical accuracy, the term associated with that horse’s name didn’t exist way back when. Regardless, he became the first of only 11 horses to claim such fame.
During the 1930s three winners shined. Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935) and War Admiral (1937) earned the Crown during that time.
Four horses created their own fate in the 1940s. Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946) and Citation (1948) captured the world’s interest during wartime.
More than two decades passed until the incomparable Secretariat left his opponents 31 lengths behind during an incomparable 1973 trip in 2:24 time. Then, Seattle Slew (1977) ran to victory one year before Affirmed did the same.
Skipping to the present day, there is only one phrase left to say, or write. And, they’re off!
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