On Saturday, all eyes will be on the big chestnut colt, California Chrome, as he faces 10 rivals who all have one goal in mind—to deny him horse racing's greatest and most elusive prize, the Triple Crown.
Many great horses have tried gallantly and failed in the Belmont Stakes, falling one race short of horse racing immortality. Since parimutuel wagering came to New York in 1940, 33 horses have gone off as the odds-on favorite, as California Chrome is nearly assured to do. Of those 33, only 12 have won.
The last time horse racing had a Triple Crown on the line in 2008, Big Brown shocked the world, failing to finish the race as the heavy favorite. California Chrome will have a serious test ahead of him as he tries to join the likes of Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed and become only the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown.
Here is a look at the likely favorites, along with their morning-line odds in Saturday's Belmont Stakes and predictions on how they will fare.