Profiles of 2014 Belmont Stakes runners
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Profiles of runners in Saturday's 146th Belmont Stakes in New York.
1. MEDAL COUNT
Finished eighth in the Kentucky Derby and hasn't raced since. Jockey Robby Albarado has ridden more than 4,000 winners, including the 2007 Preakness Stakes on Curlin. Trainer Dale Romans prepared the 2011 Preakness winner Shackleford.
2. CALIFORNIA CHROME
The odds-on favorite to become just the 12th horse to complete the Triple Crown after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Jockey Victor Espinoza also won the first two legs in 2002 on War Emblem and is hoping for better luck in the final this time.
An outsider who has won just one of his four career starts. One of two horses in the race trained by Todd Pletcher, who won the 2007 Belmont Stakes with the filly Rags To Riches and last year's race with Palace Malice.
4. COMMANDING CURVE
Charged home late to finish runner-up in the Kentucky Derby as a longshot then skipped the Preakness to save energy for the Belmont. His jockey Shaun Bridgmohan and trainer Dallas Stewart are both chasing their first win in any Triple Crown race. Continued...