American Pharoah did it from the outside in the Kentucky Derby. He did it from the inside in the Preakness Stakes. When he goes for the sweep of the Triple Crown in Saturday's Belmont Stakes he'll try it from the middle of the field.
American Pharoah drew post five of the small group of eight entered Wednesday for the 147th Belmont Stakes, a post that produced 14 winners of the 1 1/2-mile classic since 1905.
One of those winners was Seattle Slew, who is the second-to-last Triple Crown winner after he pulled off the feat in 1977. American Pharoah will try to not join the list of 13 others that won the Derby and Preakness but couldn't get the job done in the Belmont either by defeat (12 from 1979 to last year with California Chrome) or by not running (I'll Have Another in 2012).
New York Racing Association oddsmaker Eric Donovan pegged American Pharoah as the 3/5 favorite in the Belmont and he'll break just to the inside of 5-1 second choice and Derby fourth-place finisher Frosted. Materiality, winner of the Florida Derby and a buzz horse after a troubled trip in the Kentucky Derby, is the only other entrant at single digits on the early line at 6-1.
The field for the $1.5 million Belmont:
- Mubtaahij (Irad Ortiz Jr.), 10-1;
- Tale of Verve (Gary Stevens), 15-1;
- Madefromlucky (Javier Castellano), 12-1;
- Frammento (Mike Smith), 30-1;
- American Pharoah (Victor Espinoza), 3/5;
- Frosted (Joel Rosario), 5-1
- Keen Ice (Kent Desormeaux), 20-1; and
- Materiality (John Velazquez), 6-1.