Belmont Stakes 2013 Post Positions: When to Catch All-Important Draw

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IJune 4, 2013

ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Horses break from the gate during the start of the 144th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2012 in Elmont, New York.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The draw for post positions in the 2013 Belmont Stakes will take place between 10 a.m. and noon on Wednesday, June 5.

Where each horse lands will certainly have an impact on the result of this prestigious race.

The feature race, also known as "The Test of Champions," will take place on Saturday, June 8. NBC will begin live coverage at 5 p.m. ET, and the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes will begin at approximately 6:40 p.m. ET.

For those ardent horse-racing fans who can't wait to find out the results of the draw, it's highly recommended that they follow Belmont Stakes on Twitter.

You can be sure the results will be posted as soon as they come in, at which time the spin will begin regarding which horses have the best chance to win the "Run for the Carnations."

The final leg of the Triple Crown is a brutal test of endurance. 

The Kentucky Derby was a one-and-a-quarter-mile race (10 furlongs) while the Preakness Stakes was slightly shorter at one-and-three-sixteenths of a mile (9.5 furlongs). 

The final leg of The Triple Crown at Belmont Park is a full mile-and-a-half (12 furlongs). Only the strongest horses have a chance at winning this arduous race.

Historically, certain post positions have generated significantly better results than others. Here's a snapshot to illustrate that point, per

Post Position Number of Wins
Post 1 23
Post 2 11
Post 3 13
Post 4 9
Post 5 13
Post 6 7
Post 7 11
Post 8 5
Post 9 3
Post 10 2
Post 11 2


It's worth pointing out that the No. 7 post has produced winning horses in three of the past six years, and the No. 3 post has produced the past two winning horses. Furthermore, while the No. 1 post has produced the most winners by far, it hasn't done so since 2003 when Empire Maker won.

Heading into the 2013 Belmont Stakes, Orb and Oxbow have to be considered as the co-favorites after each won a race in the first two legs of the Triple Crown.

Other horses with a strong chance to win include Revolutionary (third at the Derby), Golden Soul (second at the Derby) and Freedom Child (first at the Peter Pan Stakes). 

Make sure to keep your eye on the draw on Wednesday. A poor draw can sink a horse's chances of winning the race while a favorable draw could be a golden ticket for one lucky horse and his jockey.


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