California Chrome follows Secretariat’s Triple Crown path in Belmont draw

 

California Chrome’s trainer isn’t shy about mentioning the “S” word as his horse prepares to try to win the Triple Crown crown for the first time in 36 years.

Chrome drew the No. 2 post in the Belmont Stakes draw on Wednesday and Art Sherman noted that the horse has now drawn the same post positions for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont as Secretariat, the superhorse who won the Triple Crown in 1973. Both horses drew the five spot in the Derby and the three spot in the Preakness.

Eleven Belmont winners have come from the No. 2 post and Chrome is a 3-5 favorite in the 11-horse field for the 1 1/2-mile race, the longest of the three Triple Crown races. Chrome is bidding to become the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since Affirmed in 1978. Since then, 12 horses have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown, only to fall short in the Belmont.

“I really think you are going to see the next Triple Crown winner,” Chrome’s trainer, Art Sherman, told the New York Times. “I just think he is the best horse.”

Here are the post positions and morning line odds for all 11 horses:

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)

No horse has won since the No. 2 post since in 20 years, so you know which horse the New York Rangers will be rooting for.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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