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Belmont Stakes 2014 post positions & odds: California Chrome draws No. 2 gate

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome is placed at slot number two during the Belmont Stakes Draw at Belmont Park on June 4, 2014 in Elmont, New York.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome is placed at slot number two during the Belmont Stakes Draw at Belmont Park on June 4, 2014 in Elmont, New York.
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The 2014 Belmont Stakes post positions and odds are officially out. To know ones surprise California Chrome is the overwhelming favorite to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed pulled off the trifecta back in 1978. After winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness with relative ease, California Chrome will try to make history this Saturday afternoon in New York.

According to SB Nation on June 4, Chrome is the big favorite, but history is not on his side when it comes to the Belmont Stakes. Four of the last seven Belmont Stakes winners have raced in neither the Derby or the Preakness and having that extra time off has seemed to be the ticket in winning the Belmont, especially when you look at the distance between the first two races and the Belmont.

Belmont Park is the longest of the three Triple Crown races at a mile-and-a-half. That may not sound like much more than the Kentucky Derby which is one and a quarter miles or the Preakness at one and 3/16 miles but the extra distance of the Belmont has been known to take a toll on horses.

If any horse could step up and finish off a Triple Crown bid, it seems to be California Chrome. Here is something that may confirm this horses run at destiny. California Chrome has drawn the exact same post positions in the Derby, Preakness, and Belmont that the legendary horse Secretariat did. exactly. Known as one of the best horses to ever hit the track, Secretariat was the 1973 Triple Crown champion. If CC wins Saturday, he will become the 12th Triple Crown winner in racing history.

Here is a look at the post positions and odds for the 2014 Belmont Stakes.

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)