The 2017 Belmont Stakes Post Positions were released on Wednesday and the race has some of the best horses in the world scheduled to run. The 2017 Belmont Stakes Odds for the race had Classic Empire as the favorite, but the horse was scratched on Wednesday morning. The event will take place this Saturday at at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
The race is open to 3-year-old thoroughbreds that weight 126 pounds and will run the 1.5-mile course. The Belmont Stakes is the third and final leg of the US Triple Crown, following exactly five weeks after the Kentucky Derby, and three weeks after the Preakness Stakes. It is nicknamed "The Test of the Champion" and will feature a dozen horses this year.
Belmont Stakes Post Positions
1. Twisted Tom
4. J Boys Echo
5. Hollywood Handsome
6. Lookin At Lee
7. Irish War Cry
8. Senior Investment
Belmont Stakes Facts
1 1/2miles - The distance of the Belmont Stakes, longer than both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
2 - The number of horses to compete in the race when Man o' War won in 1920. The race also had a two-horse field on four occasions before that.
15 - The biggest field ever to contest the race, in 1983.
31 lengths - The margin of victory when Secretariat romped in the 1973 edition, a record.
34 - The number of odds-on favorites to run in the Belmont since 1940. Thirteen of them won.
$142.50 - Record win payoff, when Sarava won at 70.25-1 in 2002.
1867 - The year the Belmont was first run. This year marks the race's 148th running, as there was no Belmont held in 1911 and 1912.
120,139 - Record attendance, at the 2004 race when Smarty Jones lost his Triple Crown bid. Last year's Belmont attendance was capped at 90,000 to ensure a great experience for fans.
134,839,391 - Total dollars wagered on last year's Belmont Stakes day races.
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