2014 Belmont Stakes

Belmont Stakes Odds 2014: Updated Post-Draw Vegas Lines and Predictions

Belmont Stakes hopeful Ride On Curlin takes a lap around the track during a workout at Belmont Park, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. Ride On Curlin will be one of several challengers looking to spoil California Chrome's bid at a Triple Crown when they race in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
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Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIJune 4, 2014

The 2014 Belmont Stakes is where history will inevitably be made.

California Chrome can become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, or he can join the list of horses to win the first two jewels of the Triple Crown before faltering at Belmont. Which one will it be?

Now that the post positions have been drawn, we all have a much better idea of how the race will shake out. Post positions are crucial at Belmont, as a poor position can easily ruin the chances of contention for even the best of horses. Here is how the draw sorted out the field:

2014 Belmont Stakes Post Positions
PostHorse
1Medal Count
2California Chrome
3Matterhorn
4Commanding Curve
5Ride on Curlin
6Matuszak
7Samraat
8Commissioner
9Wicked Strong
10General A-Rod
11Tonalist
Belmont Stakes Draw Broadcast

The Belmont Stakes is sure to be an exciting race, a race in which we will be anticipating history after every furlong. Below, you'll find the latest Vegas odds, as well as my own personal predictions for the race.

 

Vegas Odds

2014 Belmont Stakes Odds
HorseOdds
California Chrome3-5
Commanding Curve15-1
Commissioner20-1
General A-Rod20-1
Matterhorn30-1
Matuszak30-1
Medal Count20-1
Ride on Curlin12-1
Samraat20-1
Tonalist8-1
Wicked Strong6-1
Belmont Stakes Draw Broadcast

 

Predictions

There are three horses everyone needs to keep an eye on in the Belmont Stakes—California Chrome, Ride On Curlin and Wicked Strong.

The reasons to watch Chrome are obvious. The colt will win the Triple Crown with a first-place finish at Belmont. He's also worth watching because of how jockey Victor Espinoza rides him. Espinoza is brilliant with Chrome, enacting what has proven to be a foolproof strategy through the first two jewels of the crown.

I don't think there's a single horse in this field that can defeat Chrome right now. He and Espinoza will be Triple Crown winners after Saturday's action.

Second place will likely go to Ride On Curlin. The colt has gone through jockey after jockey in his past five races, running with a different jockey atop of him in each one. This time around, John Velazquez will be looking to lead him to victory.

Calvin Borel and Joel Rosario, the jockeys for the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, respectively, were unable to deliver a win to owner Daniel Dougherty. Velazquez, who has two career wins at the Belmont Stakes, will look to take down Chrome.

Ride On Curlin has been running very well in workouts, so all signs point to a good race. Here's a video the NYRA captured of the colt:

A run like that will lead to great results at Belmont.

Finally, Wicked Strong will come in third. This horse skipped the Preakness after failing to win the Derby. This layoff hasn't hurt him, though, as trainer Jimmy Jerkens has been keeping the horse busy. As a result, his workout times have been pretty fast, via Frank Angst of ESPN.com:

In two breezes at the training track to date since the Derby, Wicked Strong worked five furlongs in 1:01.84 May 18, eighth fastest of 20 moves at the distance that day; and one mile in 1:39.59 May 25 in the only work at the distance that day. Jerkens, who is stabled away from the main track at Belmont and typically uses the training track, was pleased with the one-mile work in which Wicked Strong galloped out 1 ⅛ miles in 1:54.

I don't think Wicked Strong will be able to catch Chrome or even Ride On Curlin, but the horse is equipped to finish in the money.

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