Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify was drawn Tuesday to break from the No. 1 post as the early 4-5 favorite in the Belmont Stakes as the colt tries to complete a Triple Crown sweep.
The draw was held at Citi Field in Queens in an attempt to try and broaden the sport of horse racing to a new generation of fans.
Justify will take on nine rivals in the 1½-mile race Saturday at Belmont Park.
While the rail is the winningest post position in the history of the race, it can be a problem for some horses if they do not break well.
Trainer Bob Baffert, who won the Triple Crown in 2015 when American Pharoah broke a 37-year-drought, said he is not a fan of the inside post for his horses, no matter what the race.
"I never do like to draw the rail, but my horses seem to live in it," he said Tuesday at Citi Field before throwing out the first pitch at the Orioles-Mets game. "We have it, we can't change it. We'll deal with it."
Justify won the first two legs of the series from the No. 7 post. He ran on sloppy tracks both times and the forecast for Saturday calls for a 60 percent chance of rain.
This time the No. 7 hole went to Tenfold. The colt was a fast-closing third in the Preakness and is 12-1 for the Belmont.
Hofburg was made the 9-2 second choice. Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, the colt finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby and skipped the Preakness.
The only other horses with single-digit odds are Preakness runner-up Bravazo and Vino Rosso, both at 8-1. Vino Rosso finished ninth in the Derby and didn't run in the Preakness.
Justify and Bravazo, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, are the only two horses that will have run in all three Triple Crown races. Bravazo was sixth in the Derby and came running late to finish a half-length behind Justify in the Preakness.
Gronkowski is a 12-1 long shot, no doubt attractive odds for his part-owner Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots tight end. He and teammate Tom Brady have wagered together at the Derby in past years.
The Britain-based colt is a newcomer to the Triple Crown trail. He got sick and missed the Derby and has been waiting to make his U.S. debut in the grueling Belmont.
The field for the 150th Belmont in post position order with jockeys and odds: Justify, Mike Smith, 4-5; Free Drop Billy, Robby Albarado, 30-1; Bravazo, Luis Saez, 8-1; Hofburg, Irad Ortiz Jr., 9-2; Restoring Hope, Florent Geroux, 30-1; Gronkowski, Jose Ortiz, 12-1; Tenfold, Ricardo Santana Jr., 12-1; Vino Rosso, John Velazquez, 8-1; Noble Indy, Javier Castellano, 30-1; Blended Citizen, Kyle Frey, 15-1.
Justify is expected to be flown to Long Island on Wednesday and will be transported to Belmont Park by a van.
90,000 people are expected to attend the 150th Belmont Stakes.