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:
Where: Belmont 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 SI.com senior writer Tim Layden’s Belmont Stakes preview.
Betting: The latest odds
Track Distance: 1½ miles (12 furlongs)
Track and Belmont record: Secretariat, 2:24, 1973
Purse: $1.5 million; Winner receives $800,000, second place receives $280,000 and third place receives $150,000.
More SI.com Belmont Stakes coverage:SI VAULT: Pure Heart by William Nack