California Chrome will break from the second post position in the Belmont Saturday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – On Saturday, California Chrome will try to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 36 years. But there is more history for the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner to overcome.
Post positions for the Belmont Stakes were drawn Wednesday morning. California Chrome will break from the second spot in the 11-horse field.
Only one of the 11 Triple Crown winners – Count Fleet in 1943 – won the 1 ½-mile race to complete the achievement from the second post position.
Triple Crown winners starting from the number one post have had the most success, winning five times, including Secretariat in 1973. Three horses have won the Triple Crown from the three hole, including Affirmed, the last Triple Crown winner in 1978.
The last non-Triple Crown winner to win the Belmont from the second post was Tabasco Cat in 1994.
Over the last 20 years, here is the breakdown of the most successful post positions at the Belmont:
Post 7 – Four winners (Drosselmeyer, 2010; Da’ Tara, 2008; Rags to Riches, 2007; Editor’s Note, 1996).
Post 3 – Three winners (Union Rags, 2012; Ruler On Ice, 2011; Commendable 2000.)
Post 9 – Three winners (Afleet Alex, 2005; Point Given, 2001; Victory Gallop, 1998).
Here is the post position draw for the mile-and-a-half race on Saturday at Belmont Park, with the morning-line odds: