California Chrome draws No. 2 post for Belmont Stakes
By PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter June 4, 2014 12:24PM
Updated: June 5, 2014 5:33PM
NEW YORK — Where California Chrome finishes the Belmont Stakes on Saturday will decide history.
Where he starts, was decided Wednesday.
Seeking to become the first horse since 1978 to win horse racing’s Triple Crown, California Chrome drew the No. 2 post in the Belmont Stakes.
“It’s just another post position,” said co-owner Steve Coburn. “You all get drawn a bad place sooner or later. You just have to make the best of it.”
It did little to dampen optimism around the horse, which was announced as a 3-5 morning-line favorite.
For one, the mile-and-a-half long marathon leaves plenty of time for the horses to position themselves, regardless of post position.
For another, the sensational horse has been dominant in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
“We know this horse has got a hell of a shot of winning the Triple Crown,” Coburn, who, with his life, co-owns the horse with Chicago-born Perry and Denise Martin. “And I honestly believe he’s going to do it.
“Post position? This is a jockey’s race.
“We know Chrome can do it. He can go the distance.”
Jockey Victor Espinoza said he was convinced the horse could cover the mile-and-a-half only after he ran the Preakness in 2:03.66.
“This time I really wasn’t concerned about the post,” Espinoza said. “It’s a long race. The post really doesn’t mean much.”
Among the 10 other horses, Wicked Strong is the second favorite, at 6-1 in the No. 9 slot. At the No. 5 post, Ride On Curlin is 12-1.