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2014 Belmont Stakes

2014 Belmont Stakes

On Saturday June 7th at 7pm Eastern Standard Time, the 2014 Belmont Stakes will commence. The Belmont horse race is the 3rd leg in the fabled Triple Crown. The last horse to win the Triple Crown was Affirmed back in 1978. Over the last 36 years 8 horses have made a run for the crown and failed.

The first leg of the Triple Crown is the Kentucky Derby and the 2nd is the Preakness. This year California Chrome won both. He is now set to make history later tonight. California Chrome is heavily favored tonight to pull off this amazing feat, but there are some good horses in the running that might provide a credible challenge.

The Runners Odds & Poll Positions

Here are the 11 runners in the 2014 Belmont Stakes. They are listed by poll number. Their odds are included as well:

1 – Medal Count 20-1
2 – California Chrome 3-5
3 – Matterhorn 30-1
4 – Commanding Curve 15-1
5 – Ride on Curlin 12-1
6 – Matuszak 30-1
7 – Samraat 20-1
8 – Commissioner 20-1
9 – Wicked Strong 6-1
10 – General A Rod 20-1
11 – Tonalist 8-1

Who Will Challenge California Chrome?

Wicked Strong finished 4th in the Kentucky Derby, but was rested in the Preakness to prepare for the Belmont. This horse could be challenger in this race. Tonalist rested for both the Derby and the Preakness to be prepared for the one and a half mile Belmont run. Only two other runners in the Belmont raced in both the Derby and the Preakness and that was General A Rod and Ride On Curlin.

Not one of the last 8 winners of the Belmont Stakes participated in the Preakness. It is hard to describe the toll it takes on a horse to run in 3 big races in a matter of 5 weeks. That is why it is so special when a horse has what it takes to win a Triple Crown.

Final Thought

The majority of these runners will have more rest than California Chrome come Saturday night. Ride On Curlin was 2nd to California Chrome in the Preakness and the horse likes the distance. California Chrome has a chance to show that the Derby and Preakness were not a fluke and that the Triple Crown is part of its destiny. This is one horse race you don’t want to miss

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