Post positions in horse racing are a major factor in winning a race. It's just another reason why winning the Triple Crown is so difficult.
I'll Have Another and jockey Mario Gutierrez were dealt the No. 11 post position on Wednesday, a position that will be hard to overcome.
With Belmont being the longest track, post position doesn't mean as much, but it would have been better for I'll Have Another to be closer to the No. 1 post position.
Despite being at an unfavorable position, I'll Have Another has been making his claim with his stretch runs. In the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, I'll Have Another caught Bodemeister both times.
With the longer track, there is a possibility I'll Have Another could catch the field again and win the 12th Triple Crown in horse racing history.
Union Rags and Dullahan, two of I'll Have Another's steepest competition, sit in favorable positions at No. 3 and No. 5, respectively. They will be in prime position to deny I'll Have Another the Triple Crown.
I'll Have Another's odds to win on the morning line were 4-to-5 for the 144th Belmont Stakes. Given today's social media and overall media coverage, this could be the biggest Belmont Stakes in the history of horse racing.
Let's hope it lives up to the hype.
Complete Post Positions courtesy of Belmont Stakes Twitter Feed.
1. Street Life, 12-to-1
2. Unstoppable U, 30-to-1
3. Union Rags, 6-to-1
4. Atigun, 30-to-1
5. Dullahan, 5-to-1
6. Ravelo's Boy, 50-to-1
7. Five Sixteen, 50-to-1
8. Guyana Star Dweej, 50-to-1
9. Paynter, 8-to-1
10. Optimizer, 20-to-1
11. I'll Have Another 4-to-5
12. My Adonis, 20-to-1
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