Belmont Stakes 2014 Post Positions: Draw Start Time, Live Stream Info and More

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJune 3, 2014

ELMONT, NY - JUNE 04:  Trainers and Jockeys sit at the podium as the horses get selected during the Belmont Draw at Belmont Park Race Track on June 4, 2008 in Elmont, New York  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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California Chrome continues his pursuit of the coveted Triple Crown at the 2014 Belmont Stakes.

The California-bred colt won't have it easy, as a longer race and a very strong field pose significant threats to his run at history.

This comes as no surprise. After all, since Affirmed last won the Triple Crown in 1978, 12 horses have entered the Belmont Stakes with the same ambition—none were successful.

Could the 13th time be the charm?

As we wait to see if California Chrome can end the 36-year drought, our attention shifts quickly to the post-position draw.

A favorable draw can increase the success rate for any horse; however, an unlucky starting position can be severely detrimental for even the strongest competitors.

Let's take a look at how to watch the upcoming draw and go over a brief history of post positions at Belmont Park.

 

2014 Belmont Stakes Post-Position Draw

Date: Wednesday, June 4

Time: 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m,

Live Stream: BelmontStakes.com

 

Contenders

ELMONT, NY - MAY 31:  Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome with Jockey Victor Espinoza up trains at Belmont Park on May 31, 2014 in Elmont, New York. He is scheduled to race for the Triple Crown in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes
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2014 Belmont Stakes Contenders
HorseTrainerJockey
California ChromeArt ShermanVictor Espinoza
Commanding CurveDallas StewartShaun Bridgmohan
CommissionerTodd PletcherJavier Castellano
General a RodMike MakerRosie Napravnik
Kid CruzLinda Riceundecided
MatterhornTodd Pletcherundecided
MatuszakBill MottMike Smith
Medal CountDale L. RomansRobby Albarado
Ride On CurlinBilly GowanJohn Velazquez
SamraatRick VioletteJose Ortiz
Social InclusionManny Azpuruaundecided
TonalistChristophe ClementJoel Rosario
Wicked StrongJimmy JerkensRajiv Maragh
BelmontStakes.com

 

Belmont Stakes Post History

Certain post positions have been rather favorable over years past; however, trends have been gearing toward other starting gates recently. Here's a look at the number of winners from each starting position at Belmont Park:

Belmont Stakes Winners By Post Position
PostWinners
123
211
313
49
513
67
711
85
93
102
112
Belmont-Stakes.info

The first post position has seen the most success by a great margin over the history of the Belmont Stakes.

Generally, starting so far inside poses a severe threat of being caught against the rail, leading to a loss of speed, momentum and position early in the race.

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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That hasn't been quite the case at Belmont Park. However, a new trend has emerged in recent years, as Empire Maker was the last horse to win from the No. 1 post in 2003.

The trend is moving outward.

Over the last seven years, three winners have started in the No. 7 position and two of the last three winners have come from the No. 3 post.

Moving further outside, Palace Malice won the Belmont Stakes last year from way outside at the No. 12 gate. Although, as ESPN radio host RJ Bell noted before Palace Malice's win, that hasn't exactly been common:

The draw promises to bring plenty of intrigue and anxiety, as owners, trainers and jockeys await their horses' respective fates.

It's all a matter of luck at the post-position draw, and California Chrome has had plenty of it after earning favorable starting positions in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Will his luck continue at Belmont Park, or has it run out?

We'll find out Thursday.