We'll soon know if California Chrome will ride off into the sunset as the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years, as the 2014 Belmont Stakes is set to commence on Saturday.
Although, before any horse takes the track, post positions must be revealed.
Through the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, California Chrome's luck has been phenomenal, acquiring two rather favorable starting positions.
Will his luck allow him to strike gold once more?
Before that question is answered and the race's odds are shifted in dramatic fashion, let's take a look at the current odds for each horse before the post position draw takes place on Wednesday.
Updated 2014 Belmont Stakes Odds
|2014 Belmont Stakes Odds Prior to Post Position Draw|
|Ride On Curlin||11-2|
|General a Rod||22-1|
Odds courtesy of OddsShark.com.
California Chrome comes in as the obvious favorite after two sparkling performances at Churchill Downs and Pimlico.
The California-bred colt has already faced—and beaten—all of the top contenders at the Belmont Stakes, with the exception of Tonalist.
Since Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978, 12 horses have entered the Belmont Stakes with the same aspirations—none succeeded.
Already making waves at Belmont Park, California Chrome has produced some stellar workouts, according to a tweet from The New York Times:
If California Chrome is to finally end the Triple Crown drought, he must contend with a very strong field, limited rest and a grueling 1 1/2-mile track at Belmont Park.
Should California Chrome falter, it could be Ride On Curlin reaping the benefits. A strong showing at the Preakness Stakes quickly made this horse the second favorite.
Here's a quick recap of the duel between California Chrome and Ride On Curlin at the Preakness:
A strong closer with a great deal of endurance, expect Ride On Curlin to be a big factor down the final stretch.
Commanding Curve shocked the crowd at a jam-packed Churchill Downs with a blazing performance. After running in 18th place early in the race, the heavy underdog showed incendiary speed, passing 16 horses en route to a second-place finish behind California Chrome.
Take a look back at the Kentucky Derby and be sure to keep an eye on No. 17:
He's certainly not an underdog this time around.
Tonalist is a newcomer to this year's Triple Crown races. He's no stranger to Belmont Park, having won there recently during the Peter Pan Stakes.
Take a look at his dazzling performance:
A very strong runner with the endurance to keep up a blistering pace, we could see Tonalist out in front early on Saturday.
Wicked Strong remains a big threat, as the longer race suits this great closing horse perfectly. He didn't have a favorable draw in the Derby, starting in the No. 20 position, but was still able to finish fourth.
A better starting gate at Belmont Park will afford this horse a great chance to cross the finish line first.
According to a tweet from the NYRA, Wicked Strong has been on point during workouts at Belmont Park so far:
After Wicked Strong, the drop-off to the remaining horses is rather significant. However, as we saw with Commanding Curve at the Derby, none can be counted out.
No matter the outcome, this race has all the makings of becoming one for the ages.
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