Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome makes a run for the Triple Crown on Saturday at the Belmont Stakes, attempting to be the first horse to win the coveted trifecta since Affirmed in 1978.
California Chrome drew the No. 2 post position in the race against 10 other horses; a tricky spot for maneuvering traffic after the break, but a good position for covering less ground without having to move in from the outside.
The number two slot was also held by racing legend Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown winner who won the Belmont by a record 31 lengths and set the now-standing record for the race.
“I like number two,” Victor Espinoza, California Chrome’s jockey, said about the post position draw. “Hopefully, it’s my lucky number.”
California Chrome’s trainer Art Sherman is optimistic about his colt’s chances.
“I feel better about this race than I have any other race, to be honest with you, just looking at the horse and saying, `Wow,” he said. “I see how far he’s advanced. I know it’ll be tougher going a mile and a half, but this horse is a good horse. I think he’s the real McCoy.”