The post positions for the 2020 Belmont Stakes are set, and the entry list includes 10 horses for what’s now the first leg of horse racing’s annual Triple Crown.
Yes, the Triple Crown races are being run out of their traditional order for the first time since the early 1930s, but the Belmont Stakes specifically is experiencing significant change in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic pushed Belmont back two weeks from its original date, and the race will be a shorter distance — now 1 1/8 miles instead of the traditional 1 1/2 miles.
“The way it fits in the calendar, it’s a completely different race than the traditional Belmont would be,” New York Racing Association president and CEO Dave O’Rourke said last month. “I think we’re going to have a big field. I think it’ll be a really competitive field. I think the dynamics of the race are different.”
The Belmont Stakes purse has been reduced to $1 million (from $1.5 million) because of the pandemic, but as the first race of the Triple Crown, the results will award Kentucky Derby qualifying points.
History says one horse has a solid advantage based on his post position, as the No. 1 stall has produced by far the most Belmont Stakes winners. Below are the complete results of Wednesday’s draw for post positions at Belmont.
Belmont Stakes post positions 2020
The draw for 2020 Belmont Stakes post positions occurred at noon ET on Wednesday. The morning line favorite for the race, Tiz The Law, drew the No. 8 post position, which has produced only five winners in the history of the Belmont Stakes.
Below is the complete list of post positions for the 2020 Belmont Stakes, complete with Wednesday’s morning odds for each horse.
|Post position||Horse||Morning line odds|
|1||Tap It To Win||6-1|
|8||Tiz The Law||6-5|
What is the best post position in horse racing?
The best post positions in horse racing vary based on factors like track styles and the number of horses in a given race. At the Belmont Stakes, though, one post position stands out as the best in terms of its chances of producing a winning horse.
Two years ago, when Justify won the Belmont Stakes and clinched the latest Triple Crown in horse racing, he became the 23rd horse to win Belmont from the No. 1 post position. That’s by far the most among all starting positions.
The odds attached to the other post positions are distributed relatively evenly, with No. 3 and No. 5 producing 13 winners each, followed by No. 2 and No. 7 with 11 winners each.
Below is the complete list of Belmont Stakes winners at each post position, courtesy of mybelmontbets.com.
|Post position||Belmont winners|
Below is a ranking of the best post positions based on the number of winning horses they have produced at the Belmont Stakes:
- 1. Post 1 (23 winners)
- T2. Post 3 (13 winners)
- T2. Post 5 (13 winners)
- T4. Post 2 (11 winners)
- T4. Post 7 (11 winners)
- 6. Post 4 (9 winners)
- 7. Post 7 (7 winners)
- 8. Post 8 (5 winners)
- 9. Post 9 (3 winners)
- T10. Post 10 (2 winners)
- T10. Post 11 (2 winners)
For what it’s worth, six of 13 races (46 percent) at the main Belmont track from June 3 (when racing at the venue restarted) through June 17 were won from Post 6. Those 13 races included only six entries.
For further reference, here is a complete list of Belmont Stakes winners since the first race in 1867.