Belmont Stakes: Post Positions and Odds for All 10 Horses on Saturday

Belmont Stakes favorite Tiz The Law will start from post No. 8 on Saturday in the opening leg of the Triple Crown.

A 6/5 favorite to win the so-called "Test of Champions," the three-year-old colt will start the race, which has been shortened from 1.5 miles to 1.1 miles, from gate No.8.

In the history of the Belmont Stakes, only five horses have won out of that particular gate, compared with 23 winners starting from post No. 1. Posts No. 3 and No. 5 have been the second most successful, with 13 winners starting from both gates, while 11 winners have come out of both gate No. 2 and No. 7.

Tiz The Law's veteran trainer Barclay Tagg had hoped the three-year-old colt would draw a gate between No.5 and No.7, but remained philosophical despite a disappointing outcome.

"It could have been worse," he said after the post positions were drawn on Wednesday.

"He likes this track, so I'm glad to be back on it."

Former champion jockey and current FOX Sports/New York Racing Association analyst Richard Migliore shares the bookmakers' view and considers Tiz The Law as the overwhelming favorite.

"It's his race to lose," he told CBS New York earlier this week.

"He is just training so well on top of being what I consider to be the best three-year-old this year. Tiz the Law has been doing everything extremely professional.

"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."

Fresh from winning at Gulfstream Park on June 10, second-favorite Sole Volante will start from post No. 2.

"His energy level is very high, very good," trainer Patrick L. Biancone told David Grening of Daily Racing Form.

"We gave him a prep for the Belmont, and he came out of it the way I was expecting. The only way you cannot win a race is if you don't run."

Meanwhile third-favorite Dr Post will be right by Tiz The Law after drawing gate No. 9.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, the dark bay son of Quality Road finished fourth in his debut last July at Belmont Park and then clinched two wins at Gulfstream Park. Pletcher's other entrant is a 15-1 outsider Farmington Road, who has drawn post No. 5.

"It's going to be a far different scene for sure," trainer Todd Pletcher, who has two entries, said this week. "It's sad in some ways, but we're grateful we're getting an opportunity to run."

Meanwhile, joint-third favorites Tap It To Win and Pneumatic will bookend the field, with the former starting from the inside post and the latter set to come out from gate No. 10.

After two disappointing 10th-place finishes at the end of last year, Tap It To Win has rediscovered his best form this season winning at Gulfstream Park in May and then securing an impressive five-length victory at Belmont Park earlier this month.

Pneumatic, meanwhile, arrives at Belmont Park on the back of a third-place finish in his graded stakes debut last month and is trained by Steve Asmussen, who saddled 16-1 outsider Creator to an upset win four years ago.

Max Player and Modernist, both 15/1 outsiders, will start from gate No. 3 and No. 4 respectively, with 30/1 and 50/1 long shots Fore Legt and Jungle Runner drawing posts No. 6 and No. 7 respectively.

Belmont Stakes post positions and odds

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 Legt (30-1)
7. Jungle Runner (50-1)
8. Tiz the Law (6-5)
9. Dr Post (5-1)
10. Pneumatic (6-1)

Purse and prize money

The 2020 edition of the Belmont Stakes has a $1 million purse, down from $1.25 million a year ago.

Belmont Stakes, Tiz The Law
Belmont Stakes contender Tiz the Law breezes with Jockey Manny Franco up during morning training prior to the 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park at Belmont Park on June 14 in Elmont, New York. Al Bello/Getty