ELMONT, N.Y. - California Chrome makes a run for the history books this Saturday when he takes the 2nd post position in the 146th Belmont Stakes.
With odds of 3/5, if California Chrome wins, he will become the 12th Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. And with the way his workouts have gone this week, a win looks very possible.
Typically, contenders with short odds are favored to win for a reason.
However, over the last several years those making the trip around the massive oval Belmont track have fallen short in capturing the crown.
In 2012, I'll Have Another scratched from the race due to an injury to his leg. Big Brown had a date with destiny in 2008 but came in last. In 2004, Smarty Jones was caught in the stretch by the villainous long-shot Birdstone. Both Big Brown and Birdstone had odds of 1/5 at post-time, but their dream was derailed.
As racing fans have been disappointed traveling the familiar road with Triple Crown hopefuls not being able to win at Belmont over the last several years, this year, things seem a little different. Everything seems to be going right for this racing team.
Jockey Victor Espinoza said of his post-position, "I like two. Hopefully, it will be my lucky number."
While Victor is an accomplished rider--and has been down the Triple Crown trail with War Emblem--he had a terrible break from the gates in the 2002 Belmont Stakes and was unable to recover. However, 11 Belmont winners have come from the No. 2 starting position in the Belmont Stakes.
On Wednesday California Chrome galloped out on Belmont's main track. Trainer Art Sherman is pleased with the way things have been going.
He claims, "I see how far he's advanced, this is a good horse."
The colts are scheduled to gallop on Belmont's main track beginning at 6 a.m. on Thursday morning.