Tonalist, 8 1, got post No. 11 as the third choice in his Triple Crown debut.
Wicked Strong was a distant second choice at 6 1 on the morning line and drew post No. 9. The colt is based at Belmont, and has one win in two previous races at the sprawling track.
"I like No. 2," Espinoza said. "Hopefully, it's my lucky number."
Todd Pletcher recently became racing's leading money winning trainer and owns two Belmont wins: Rags to Riches and Palace Malice last year.
in the Preakness to get second, only 1 lengths behind California Chrome.
In contrast, California Chrome has already run 12 times with eight victories. He carries a six race winning streak into the Belmont.
"They better worry about me," he said.
"Hopefully, another five sixteenths of a mile and we'll be able to catch him as opposed Omega Speedmaster Vs Rolex Daytona
None of that bothers Art Sherman, California Chrome's trainer
Since Affirmed became the last Triple Crown winner in 1978, three Belmont fields with the same history on the line also drew 11 horses in 1981, 1988 and 2002.
As in all races, trainers and owners like to avoid the extremes: the inside and outside posts.
Chrome faces 10 in last leg of Triple Crown
Ride on Curlin is one of the handful of challengers with a realistic chance of pulling an upset. Gowan's colt is the 12 1 fourth choice from post No. 5.
Racing fans looking for an omen will see California Chrome listed No. 2 in the betting Omega Seamaster 120 For Sale program, the same number as 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, who won the Belmont by a record 31 lengths while setting the track record of 2:24 that still stands.
"I feel good about my post," Gowan said after the draw Wednesday morning. "My horse is doing really well. He's sound. He's happy. He's eating everything, so we're ready to roll."
Medal Count, 30 1, wound up on the rail. He ran eighth in the Kentucky Derby and skipped the Preakness.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will face 10 rivals on Saturday, not a good omen in the quest for racing's ultimate prize. This would be the largest Belmont field ever beaten by a Triple Crown winner. The 11 previous Triple Crown champions never faced more than seven rivals in the 1 Belmont, the longest of the three races in the series. Tonalist will be one of several challengers looking to spoil California Chrome's bid at a Triple Crown when they race in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)
California Chrome will break from the No. 2 post under Victor Espinoza. Eleven Belmont winners have come out of that Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Strap
Post positions are not a huge factor in the Belmont. In a race this long over a track with sweeping turns, jockeys have plenty of time to strategically position their horses. Commanding Curve will be one of several challengers looking to spoil California Chrome's bid at a Triple Crown when they race in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)
to the Preakness, but that Chrome is going to be hard to catch," Gowan said.
Ride On Curlin will be one of several challengers looking to spoil California Chrome's bid at a Triple Crown when they race in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)You look for any possible edge when facing California Chrome, the 3 5 favorite to become horse racing's 12th Triple Crown champion, and first in 36 years.
After a trouble filled trip to finish seventh in the Derby, Ride on Curlin uncorked a strong rally Omega Seamaster Vintage
The late developing colt was an impressive winner last month in Belmont Park's Peter Pan Stakes over a sloppy track. Tonalist has two wins in only four starts.
Ride On Curlin will have a new jockey for the Belmont in Hall of Famer John Velazquez, a two time Belmont winner with the filly Rags to Riches (2007) and Union Rags (2012).
"I think we are fine with it," owner Robert Evans said.
Pletcher sends out Commissioner, 20 1 after finishing second in the Peter Pan, and 30 1 shot Matterhorn, fourth in that same race.
Matuszak was second in the Federico Tesio at Pimlico on April 19, making him the most well rested colt in the race. The 30 1 shot is trained and ridden by Hall of Famers Bill Mott and Mike Smith, respectively.
spot in the starting gate, the last being Tabasco Cat in 1994.
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