By Scooby Axson
June 06, 2014

California Chrome California Chrome will attempt to become the 12th horse to win racing's Triple Crown. (Bill Frakes/Sports Illustrated)

The 146th running of the Belmont Stakes will take place Saturday at Belmont Park outside of New York City, with California Chrome the betting favorite after his Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes wins.

The three-year-old, nasal strip and all, will attempt to become racing's first Triple Crown winner since 1978, when Affirmed pulled off the feat. The last four Triple Crown winners have led the Belmont from start to finish.

Twelve horses since have come into the Belmont with a chance to win the Triple Crown, the last being Big Brown in 2008. In 2012, I'll Have Another won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, but dropped out the day before the Belmont because a tendon injury.

Here’s what you need to know before the race:

WhereBelmont Park, Elmont, New York

When: Saturday, June 7

Race Time: 6:52 p.m. ET

Television: Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network, 4:30 p.m. on NBC. Live streaming will be on NBC Live Extra.

Favorite: California Chrome

Post Positions: Full list of expected starters

For more information, read senior writer Tim Layden’s Belmont Stakes preview.

Betting: The latest odds

Track Distance: 1½ miles (12 furlongs)

Track and Belmont recordSecretariat, 2:24, 1973

Purse: $1.5 million; Winner receives $800,000, second place receives $280,000 and third place receives $150,000.

More Belmont Stakes coverage:  

LAYDEN: History Walks By: The story of California Chrome

PHOTOS: Triple Crown Winners

PHOTOS: Belmont Preview

SI VAULT: Pure Heart by William Nack

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