Belmont Stakes 2017 Post Positions: Complete Listing for Every Horse

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2017

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 18: Lookin at Lee on the track in preparation for the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Horsephotos/Getty Images)
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Post positions were officially drawn Wednesday at Rockefeller Center in New York City for Saturday's 149th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. 

With both Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Preakness Stakes winner Cloud Computing sitting out the Belmont, the Run for the Carnations boasts a wide-open field.

Here is a full rundown of where every horse will break from to start Saturday's race, courtesy of NYRA's post draw live stream:

            

1. Twisted Tom (20-1)

2. Tapwrit (6-1)

3. Gormley (8-1)

4. J Boys Echo (15-1)

5. Hollywood Handsome (30-1)

6. Lookin At Lee (5-1)

7. Irish War Cry (7-2)

8. Senior Investment (12-1)

9. Meantime (15-1)

10. Multiplier (15-1)

11. Epicharis (4-1)

12. Patch (12-1)

             

Preakness Stakes runner-up Classic Empire was set to enter the draw as the odds-on favorite, but he was scratched Wednesday morning due to an abscess in his right front hoof, according to Alicia Wincze Hughes of BloodHorse.

Trainer Mark Casse told Wincze Hughes that he didn't want to take any risks with the talented colt.

"When we came in this a.m., he couldn't hardly get around," Casse said. "In an hour it could bust, and he'd be fine, but we wouldn't to do that."

Classic Empire had a golden opportunity to overcome the disappointment of a fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby and falling just short in the Preakness. His absence could create a free-for-all.

Entering the day, OddsShark listed Classic Empire as the 2-1 favorite with Lookin At Lee and Epicharis tied for the second spot at 5-1.

Irish War Cry shot to the top as the morning-line favorite at 7-2 Wednesday, however, with Epicharis coming in at 4-1 and Lookin At Lee yielding 5-1 odds.

Despite finishing a disappointing 10th in the Kentucky Derby, Irish War Cry assumed Classic Empire's spot on the strength of a prior win in the Wood Memorial.

Lookin At Lee finished second in the Derby and fourth in the Preakness, and he will be the only horse to run all three legs of the Triple Crown.

After breezing Sunday, trainer Steve Asmussen was impressed with how seamlessly Lookin At Lee has bounced back from the Preakness, per the Paulick Report.

"That's a very good breeze for him. He is just a man. His energy level off of very tough races is impressive," Asmussen said. "He's not brilliant as far as fast, he's just strong and part of him being strong is how well he comes out of demanding races."

Epicharis is something of a mystery horse coming off a second-place finish in the UAE Derby, but trainer Kiyoshi Hagiwara offered some insight with regard to how he may approach the Belmont.

Hagiwara suggested Tuesday that Epicharis' best chance may require settling in behind some horses early, according to the Paulick Report.

That means the colt could wait to make his move after breaking from the No. 11 spot.

The fact that three top contenders are out of the mix eliminates some star power from the Belmont Stakes, but it also makes the race even more unpredictable.

The third and final leg of the Triple Crown will be decided Saturday with a post time of 6:37 p.m. ET.