I'll Have Another: Best Belmont Stakes Slots to Ensure Triple Crown Victory

Sam Richmond@srichmond93Correspondent IMay 22, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 19:  Mario Gutierrez on I'll Have Another edges out Bodemeister riden by Mike Smith to win the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rob Carr/Getty Images

With the Belmont Stakes and I'll Have Another's opportunity to become a Triple Crown winner nearing, let's take a look at how significantly horses have benefited from post position in the race's history.

The No. 1 slot should be the most desired position, as a horse has won from it a record 23 times. However, it should be noted that a horse hasn't won from the slot since Touch Gold in 1997. 

Other favorable positions include No. 3, No. 5 and No. 7. 

Fourteen horses including last year's winner Ruler On Ice have won from the third slot. While the No. 5 slot has produced 13 winners and the No. 7 slot has 12 winners, including three in the last five races.

Eleven times has a horse running from the No. 2 slot won, with the last being Tabasco Cat in 1994. Next on the list is the No. 4 slot, which has produced nine winners.

Also, seven horses have won from the No. 6 position, six from No. 8 and four from the ninth position. 

And the No. 10 and No. 11 slot have produced two winners each. On the bright side, the eleventh slot's wins are recent, as Sarava and Empire Maker won from it in 2002 and 2003, respectively.

Additionally, no horse has ever won after starting at the No. 12 position. 

As you can tell, post position can be crucial in determining how horses perform, so I'll Have Another will need a little more luck if it wants to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.