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On Wednesday, the post positions were drawn for the Belmont Stakes. Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist lost his chance for the Triple Crown at the Preakness Stakes, where he was finally beaten by Exaggerator. Nyquist is being held out of the Belmont.

Exaggerator (5/4) will start from the same gate that Tonalist won from in 2014 (No. 11). His closest competitors, Stradivari and Suddenbreakingnews, both ay 7/1,  drew posts No. 5 and 4 respectively. Stradivari finished fourth in the Preakness, and Suddenbreakingnews finished fifth at the Kentucky Derby. Here’s how the field looks with post positions, jockeys, trainers and odds:

Post Position Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1. Governor Malibu J. Rosario C. Clement 14/1
2. Destin J. Castellano T. Pletcher 9/1
3. Cherry Wine C. Lanerie D. Romans 8/1
4. Suddenbreakingnews M. Smith D. Von Hemel 7/1
5. Stradivari J. Velazquez T. Pletcher 7/1
6. Gettysburg P. Lopez S. Asmussen 40/1
7. Seeking the Soul F. Geroux D. Stewart 40/1
8. Forever d'Oro J. Ortiz D. Stewart 40/1
9. Trojan Nation A. Gryder P. Gallagher 40/1
10. Lani Y. Take M. Matsunaga 16/1
11. Exaggerator Kent Desormeaux Keith Desormeaux 5/4
12. Brody's Cause L. Saez D. Romans 14/1
13. Creator I. Ortiz Jr. S. Asmussen 16/1

Cherry Wine is next line at 8/1. The Dale Romans-trained colt finished second at the Preakness in what was deemed to be the best performance of his career. Destin rounds out the top contenders inside of 10/1. He’s 9/1 to win the Belmont, following a sixth-place result at the Kentucky Derby.

The next tier starts at 14/1, and features Brody’s Cause and Governor Malibu. Governor Malibu will have the No. 1 post position at the Belmont in what will be his first race since finishing second at the Peter Pan (G2) on May 14. Brody’s Cause, who finished seventh at the Kentucky Derby, will start right beside Exaggerator in the twelfth slot while Lani, who is 16/1 and starting from post No. 10, finished ninth at the Kentucky Derby. Arkansas Derby-winner Creator will come from the far outside at post No. 13; he breezed 5 furlongs in 1:02 while prepping for Saturday’s race. 

The final four horses are all 40/1 and bunched together in the middle from posts No. 6 to 9. Gettysburg will start from No. 6 after finishing third at a Belmont allowance race on May 26. Seeking The Soul finished fifth at a maiden race at Churchill Downs on May 7 and will start from post No. 7. Forever d'Oro will start from the eighth spot after winning a maiden race at Belmont Park on May 29, and Trojan Nation rounds out the field at No. 9 after a 16th-place finish at the Kentucky Derby.

Twenty-three winners have come from the No. 1 post position at the Belmont, but none since Empire Maker in 2003. The next most successful gates are No. 3 and No. 5, which have spawned 13 winners each. Those two have combined to win three of the last five Belmonts, including 2015 American Pharoah, who started in the No. 5 post position. The No. 2 and the No. 7 post positions are tied with 11 wins each, while the No. 4 post has nine wins.

The 2016 Belmont Stakes is scheduled to go off at Belmont Park at 6:32 PM ET on Saturday, June 11, 2016.


*Odds as of June 9, 2016