The field is set for Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Ten horses will take on California Chrome as he vies for racing's coveted Triple Crown. NY'1s Anthony Pascale filed a report from the post-position draw on Long Island.
Favorite and Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome will begin his quest from the number two spot.
The Post Position Draw was held Wednesday morning at Belmont Park.
The starting locations were drawn at random.
California Chrome's team says it's confident their horse is ready to achieve glory.
"It's a good post position, at least we'll save some ground leaving there, I think it's going to be a jockey's race anyhow,” said trainer Art Sherman.
"I like number two, hopefully it's my lucky number,” said jockey Victor Espinoza.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will face 10 other horses in the Belmont. Five of them he has beaten before, but another five he has never faced. California Chrome's Co-owner says win or lose, having a horse like this is a once in a lifetime experience.
“To watch this little guy grow up and watch him develop and watch his personality develop and watch his mind develop, he's an amazing animal,” said owner Steve Coburn.
No horse has won the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.
The owner of that horse says she believes this is the year we'll crown another champion.
“I'm rooting for everything to turn out right, you know, good weather, good crowd, everybody happy and I think he's going to win off, I really do and I think it's going to be a very joyful day,” Patrice Wolfson
The Belmont Stakes will be run at 6:52 p.m. Saturday. While millions are expected to watch on TV worldwide, the NYRA expects 100,000 people at the track at Belmont. Seats for the event are sold out.