The 2014 Belmont Stakes will see history made. Whether that history is positive or negative will be up to California Chrome.
With a win, Chrome will become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. With a loss, Chrome will join multiple other horses that made it two-thirds of the way through the Triple Crown before falling at Belmont.
Much of how the Belmont plays out will be determined by the post positions reveal. Running out of the optimal position can be the difference between a finish in the money and a finish in the back of the pack.
To ensure that you don't miss the 2014 Belmont Stakes draw, keep reading. Below, you'll find the schedule and live stream info for the big reveal.
The 146th Belmont Stakes Post Position Draw
Date: Wednesday, June 4
Time: 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET
Live Stream: Belmont Stakes—Live Stream Page
Horses to Watch
All eyes will be on Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza on June 7. A Triple Crown win for this duo would be one of the most talked-about sporting events in recent memory.
The pursuit of the Triple Crown is so important, in fact, that ESPN's Darren Rovell tweeted out an interesting fact involving President Barack Obama:
A private phone line is being installed at Belmont in the winner's circle should President Obama want to congratulate a Triple Crown win.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) May 30, 2014
There's a reason Chrome is currently in this position. Espinoza is a brilliant jockey who knows how to run this horse. The duo routinely start behind the leaders until there's space between the front of the pack and the back. On the final turn, Espinoza uses that space to kick outside and uses Chrome's speed to overtake the leaders.
From there, it's a simple cruise to the finish.
David Grening and Mike Welsch of Daily Racing Form tweeted about how he has maintained his impressive run during Belmont workouts:
After schooling in paddock, California Chrome galloped a tad more than 2 miles, picking it up the last 1-2-mile or so. Just like always— David Grening (@DRFGrening) May 29, 2014
California Chrome looks super in final Belmont prep cruises 4F in :47.47 with monster gallop out, :59.59, 1:12.76, 1:26.34 up mile 1:40.92— Mike Welsch (@DRFWelsch) May 31, 2014
Chrome is in great position to win the Triple Crown. Only one more race stands between him and a phone call with President Obama.
Ride On Curlin
Ride On Curlin will have gone through three different jockeys after Belmont. Calvin Borel rode him to a seventh-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. Joel Rosario led him to a second-place finish in the Preakness Stakes. Now, John Velazquez—a two-time winner of the Belmont Stakes—will ride him on Saturday.
What makes Ride On Curlin a competitor in this race is both Velazquez's experience at the track and the horse's ability to stay cool under pressure. Trainer Billy Gowan spoke to HorseRacingNation.com about that composure:
One good thing about the horse is that he's easy to ride. He relaxes when he gets around horses, and he doesn't get speed crazy or anything. He can pretty much ride him any way he wants to. I've told all his riders that. He's probably the easiest horse you've ever ridden in your life. He showed that today. He was nice and relaxed. He doesn't get too worked up about anything, but when you ask him he's still full of run.
Ride On Curlin finished just a length-and-a-half behind Chrome in the Preakness. He continues to get better from race to race, and with a jockey that knows how to win at Belmont, the colt can't be overlooked. Velazquez is already running well with the horse:
Look for this duo to put pressure on the favorite.