Belmont Stakes 2020 Favorite Grabs No. 8 Post Position
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The race for the 2020 Triple Crown begins with the 152nd Belmont Stakes Saturday and 6-5 Tiz The Law will attempt to win it from the outside at No. 8.
Wednesday’s race draw put 6-1 Tap It To Win in the first position in the 10-horse field and 9-2 shot Sole Volante next at the No. 2 post position.
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The race Saturday will mark the first time that the Belmont Stakes begins the Triple Crown, as all three races were postponed and rescheduled this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Racing has been held at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York for two weeks without spectators and limited race officials, trainers, jockeys and other associated personnel in attendance. There will be no fans in attendance at the Belmont for the first time Saturday, as well.
The Kentucky Derby was pushed back from its traditional spot from the first Saturday in May to Saturday, Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs. The Preakness, meanwhile, will go at Pimlico Race Course on Oct. 3.
Here are the odds (via FanDuel) and post positions for the 2020 Belmont Stakes:
- 1. Tap It To Win: 6-1
- 2. Sole Volante: 9-2
- 3. Max Player: 15-1
- 4. Modernist: 15-1
- 5. Farmington Road: 15-1
- 6. Fore Left: 30-1
- 7. Jungle Runner: 50-1
- 8. Tiz The Law: 6-5
- 9. Dr Post: 5-1
- 10. Pneumatic: 8-1
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2020 Belmont Stakes Run Over Shorter Distance
In addition to the Belmont Stakes being the first race of the Triple Crown this year, it will also be run at 1 1/8 miles instead of its traditional 1 1/2 mile distance. The revised 2020 schedule will give horses, trainers and jockeys 11 weeks to rest and prepare for the Derby, and another five weeks to get ready for the Preakness.
But when it comes the Belmont on Saturday, Tiz The Law is both the consensus to win among oddsmakers and racing experts.
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“It’s his race to lose. He is just training so well on top of being what I consider to be the best 3-year-old this year. Tiz the Law has been doing everything extremely professional. Could not look better in the morning,” said Fox Sports/New York Racing Association analyst Richard Migliore. “His last work, I know some people will pan it and say it was a little on the slow side but, I don’t judge works on time, I judge them on how a horse is doing it, the way they look on the racetrack and honestly he could not look any better.”
Belmont coverage will begin on NBC starting at 3 p.m. Saturday and the race has a 5:42 p.m. ET post time.
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