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Belmont Stakes TV schedule, odds, post positions and preview


Horses train on the track at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The 146th running of the Belmont Stakes takes place Saturday, where the attention will be on whether California Chrome can become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed accomplished the feat in 1978.

California Chrome, with his controversial and fashionable nasal strips, enters as a 3-5 favorite after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, but faces his toughest task in the 1 1/2 mile race.

Despite the position as the favorite, few prognosticators are giving California Chrome a chance to win $800,000 of the $1.5 million prize money given to first place.

As further proof of how difficult the Triple Crown is, since 1978 there have been 11 horses that have captured the first two races only to leave New York without the win (Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another was scratched from the Belmont in 2012 because of any injury).

When: Saturday, June 7 (post time is 6:52 p.m. ET)

Where: Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

TV: NBC (coverage starts 4:30 p.m. ET)

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Post positions/odds:

(Betting odds via Odds Shark)

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)

More on Belmont Stakes

Andrew Beyer: In Belmont Stakes, place your sentiments on California Chrome; put your money elsewhere

Andrew Beyer: American thoroughbreds are no longer bred to go the distance in the Belmont Stakes

Rick Snider: California Chrome’s Triple Crown hopes will come to a Wicked bad end at Belmont

Fancy Stats: Bet against California Chrome to win the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes

The Early Lead: California Chrome follows Secretariat’s Triple Crown path in Belmont draw

Kelyn Soong is a news aide, blogger and reporter in the sports section. He currently covers high school and local tennis and has written about a variety of sports.
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