Who Can Beat California Chrome at the 2014 Belmont Stakes?Josh Bailey
While all eyes will be on favorite California Chrome as he attempts to become just the 12th Triple Crown winner in history, 10 other thoroughbreds will be trying to crush California Chrome’s Triple Crown dreams when the 2014 Belmont Stakes gets underway this Saturday, June 7 shortly after 6:50 PM ET.
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The 2014 Belmont Stakes Post Positions & Morning Line Odds
- Medal Count, 20-1
- California Chrome, 3-5
- Matterhorn, 30-1
- Commanding Curve, 15-1
- Ride On Curlin, 12-1
- Matuszak, 30-1
- Samraat, 20-1
- Commissioner, 20-1
- Wicked Strong, 6-1
- General A Rod, 20-1
- Tonalist, 8-1
This look at the handful of mounts that have a realistic chance of abruptly halting California Chrome’s Triple Crown dreams will give you the insight you’ll need in order to cash in on one of these potential underdogs.
Now, while there will be at least 11 horses running in the 2014 Belmont Stakes, I believe only four thoroughbreds stand a reasonable chance of upsetting the superstar-like California Chrome. Here is a look at each pedigree mount.
Who Can Beat California Chrome at The 2014 Belmont Stakes
Can Ride On Curlin at 12-1 Beat California Chrome At The 2014 Belmont Stakes
Ride On Curlin finished second to California Chrome at the 2014 Preakness Stakes on May 17, but more importantly, nearly ran down Chrome down the stretch to provide some real hope that he can pull off the upset here.
“I thought all along this might be his best distance,” says Billy Gowan of Ride On Curlin.
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Ride On Curlin will start from the No. 5 post and is one of just two horses to have competed against California Chrome in both, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and finished less than two lengths behind the eventual winner. This mount has had a fantastic season, finishing in the top three in five of his six races this year while winning once.
“I thought all along this might be his best distance,” trainer Billy Gowan, said. “He never really quits, so if California Chrome finds that long stretch tiring, we’ll be running at him.”
Can Commanding Curve at 15-1 Beat California Chrome At The 2014 Belmont Stakes
Commanding Curve finished second to California Chrome in the Kentucky Derby and will have a prime post position (No. 4) in the Belmont Stakes. After not running in the Preakness Stakes, this thoroughbred should be well-rested, giving him – and his betting backers – an excellent shot to cash in as either the winner or one of the top three finishers, though it should be noted that this mount hasn’t found his way into the winner’s circle this year.
“I think there would need to be a little drop-off from him (Chrome) and there would have to be a step forward from another horse,” Commanding Curve trainer, Dallas Stewart, said.
Can Wicked Strong at 6-1 Beat California Chrome At The 2014 Belmont Stakes
This three-year-old colt will start from the No. 9 Post which isn’t exactly ideal, but he did win at the Wood memorial G1 on April 5 while finishing fourth at the Kentucky Derby. Like the aforementioned Commanding Curve, this mount did not race in the Preakness Stakes last month and will be plenty rested.
“I’d like to see him (Wicked Strong) sitting there and rating kindly and just getting into a nice rhythm and pounce when the right time comes,” trainer Jimmy Jerkens said.
Can Tonalist at 8-1 Beat California Chrome At The 2014 Belmont Stakes
This three-year-old colt earned a shot to run in the 2014 Belmont Stakes by winning the Peter Pan G-2 on the very same track on May 10 and also brought home the bacon at the MSW on January 18. This thoroughbred will start from the No. 11 Post – and he could pull off an incredible upset even if most casual race observers don’t know about him.
“We don’t really know how good he is,” he said. “It’s a little hard to tell off that. He ran really well last time and he seems to like the track, and he’s doing well, so we’re hopeful,” owner Robert Evans said.