California Chrome draws post two for Belmont

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 04, 2014 11:33 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - California Chrome has drawn post position two for Saturday's 146th Belmont Stakes, where he will attempt to become just the 12th horse to complete U.S. racing's Triple Crown.

With a field of 11 runners for the $1.5 million race, California Chrome will start near the inside for the mile and a half (2,400 meters) journey.

If the three-year-old can win the race after his impressive victories in last month's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, he will become the first horse in 36 years to achieve the Triple Crown, regarded as the greatest challenge in U.S. racing.

California Chrome was installed Wednesday as the 3-5 early favorite for the race while his main rivals all drew outside of him.

Commanding Curve, runner up in the Kentucky Derby, drew gate four while Ride On Curlin, who finished second in the Preakness, was given the fifth hole.

Wicked Strong, who won the Grade I Wood Memorial in New York with a powerful late burst before finishing fourth in the Kentucky Derby, drew the ninth post.

(Reporting by Julian Linden; editing by Steve Ginsburg)