Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah is Belmont favorite

American Pharoah Gets 1st Look at Belmont Park


NEW YORK (AP) -- American Pharoah was made the early 3-5 favorite Wednesday to win the Belmont Stakes and become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner drew the No. 5 post position for Saturday's 1 1/2-mile race at Belmont Park. Fourteen horses have won from there, including 1977 Triple Crown champion Seattle Slew.

"I've always liked the five. It's a number I always do well with," said Bob Baffert, who trains American Pharoah. "More important is the horse is doing well."

The colt took his first steps on the dirt at Belmont Park earlier in the day, jogging counterclockwise before being walked off.

"He went the wrong way, so he really didn't learn a lot," said Baffert, who is taking his fourth shot at one of the sporting world's toughest feats.

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: American Pharoah #18, ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the finish line to win the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 13: Trainer Bob Baffert walks Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah in the barn after arriving in preparation for the 140th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 13, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 15: Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah trains on the track for the 140th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 15, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 15: American Pharoah is bathed at the barn after training for the 140th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 15, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Frosted drew the No. 6 post and was installed as the 5-1 second choice during the draw outdoors at Rockefeller Plaza, where people hung on railings watching the draw unfold. Frosted finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby and is based at Belmont Park, where he has run one race.

Materiality is the 6-1 third choice and will break from the No. 8 post on the far outside. He was sixth in the Derby and has never run at Belmont, but trains there for Todd Pletcher.

Mubtaahij ended up on the rail in the No. 1 post at 10-1 odds. He was eighth in the Derby and skipped the Preakness, like several of the other Belmont contenders.

The top three wagering choices were the only ones listed at single-digit odds. Tale of Verve, a surprise second-place finisher in the Preakness, is 15-1. Madefromlucky, Pletcher's other entry, is 12-1; Keen Ice, seventh in the Derby, is 20-1; and Frammento, 11th in the Derby, is the longest shot in the eight-horse field at 30-1.

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