Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News California Chrome will attempt to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner.
The 146th running of the Belmont Stakes, a Grade I event for 3-year-olds and the final jewel in thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, will take place Saturday, 6:52 p.m. at Belmont Park.

NO. 1 MEDAL COUNT (20-1)

Trainer: Dale Romans

Jockey: Robby Albarado

LAST THREE STARTS
5-3, Kentucky Derby, 8-7½

4-12, Blue Grass, 2-1¾

4-4, Transylvania, 1-1¼

Didn’t have cleanest of trips in Derby when eighth after a solid second in Blue Grass Stakes over the Polytrack. Maybe just a better horse on synthetics and grass than on dirt. Regardless, horse is bred to run all day and may appreciate marathon distance of Belmont. Romans and Albarado each have a Preakness win, but neither has won the Belmont.

NO. 2 CALIFORNIA CHROME (3-5)

Trainer: Art Sherman

Jockey: Victor Espinoza

LAST THREE STARTS
5-17, Preakness, 1-1½

5-3, Kentucky Derby, 1-1¾

4-5, Santa Anita Derby, 1-5¼

Will attempt to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed in 1978. Showed he has the speed in Derby and Preakness, now we’ll find out if he has the stamina to go the mile-and-a-half distance at Belmont. This will be Art Sherman’s first Belmont starter, while Espinoza (0-for-3 in the race) failed in his 2002 Triple Crown bid with War Emblem.

NO. 3 MATTERHORN (30-1)

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Joe Bravo

LAST THREE STARTS
5-10, Peter Pan, 4-6¼

3-28, Allowance, 3-6½

2-22, Allowance, 10-18¾

Showed promise as a driving winner in his debut last November, but colt has lost all three starts this year, including a distant fourth in Peter Pan Stakes. Pletcher, who has trained the winner of this race twice in his certain Hall of Fame career, thinks the added distance will benefit this $625,000 purchase. Bravo, who is winless from two prior Belmont starts, is aboard.

NO. 4 COMMANDING CURVE (15-1)

Trainer: Dallas Stewart

Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan

LAST THREE STARTS
5-3, Kentucky Derby, 2-1¾

3-29, Louisiana Derby, 3-5

2-22, Risen Star, 6-8¼

Closed full of run to get up for second in the Derby at 37-1 and obviously will be a shorter price in this spot for Stewart, who has saddled three Belmont starters but has never won the race. The bay ridgling was purchased for $75,000 at the April 2013 Ocala Breeders’ Sale. This will be Bridgmohan’s first Belmont Stakes mount.

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NO. 5 RIDE ON CURLIN (12-1)

Trainer: William Gowan

Jockey: John Velazquez

LAST THREE STARTS
5-17, Preakness, 2-1½

5-3, Kentucky Derby, 7-6¾

4-12, Arkansas Derby, 2-4¾

This $25,000 colt finished well to get up for second in the Preakness, less than two lengths behind California Chrome, and has already earned more than $700,000 in his career. This is (Bronco) Billy Gowan’s first Belmont Stakes runner, while Velazquez has won the Belmont twice, in 2007 aboard the filly Rags to Riches and in 2012 on Union Rags.

NO. 6 MATUSZAK (30-1)

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Mike Smith

LAST THREE STARTS
4-19, Federico Tesio, 2-3½

3-8, Private Terms, 3-5¼

1-26, Allowance, 3-6¾

Named after the owner’s father-in-law, not former Oakland Raider defensive end John Matuszak, colt enters Belmont having lost his last seven starts, though has hit the board in last three. Mott and Smith did team up to take Belmont in 2010 with Drosselmeyer, but this colt could be 50-1. Smith also won last year’s Belmont aboard Palace Malice.

NO. 7 SAMRAAT (20-1)

Trainer: Rick Violette Jr.

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

LAST THREE STARTS
5-3, Kentucky Derby, 5-5¾

4-5, Wood Memorial, 2-3½

3-1, Gotham, 1-neck

New York-bred won first five starts before finishing second in the Wood. He ran well in Derby and was in contention turning for home before flattening out to fifth. One of three horses in field with a win at Belmont Park, breaking his maiden there in Oct. 23 debut. Violette is winless from two prior Belmont starters, while this is Ortiz’s first Belmont mount.

NO. 8 COMMISSIONER (20-1)

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

LAST THREE STARTS
5-10, Peter Pan, 2-4

4-12, Arkansas Derby, 6-11

3-23, Sunland Derby, 3-7

Bay colt has won two of seven career starts, but has lost his last four, all stakes tries, including a distant second behind Tonalist in the Peter Pan. His sire, A.P. Indy, won 1992 Belmont, so colt should get distance and is trained by Pletcher, who has twice won the Belmont, including last year (Palace Malice). Castellano is winless from seven prior Belmont mounts.

NO. 9 WICKED STRONG (6-1)

Trainer: James Jerkens

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

LAST THREE STARTS
5-3, Kentucky Derby, 4-5¾

4-5, Wood Memorial, 1-3½

2-22, Allowance, 4-6½

One of three horses, along with California Chrome and Ride On Curlin, to start in all three Triple Crown races. Ran into traffic in Derby and Preakness; in latter, he would have been third with a clean trip. Switches rider to Napravnik, who is trying to become second woman to win the Belmont (Julie Krone, 1993), while Maker is winless from one Belmont starter.

NO. 10 GENERAL A ROD (20-1)

Trainer: Michael Maker

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

LAST THREE STARTS
5-17, Preakness, 4-8

5-3, Kentucky Derby, 11-8½

3-29, Florida Derby, 3-1½

Will try to become first horse to pull off Peter Pan-Belmont Stakes double since 1992 (A.P. Indy). Won the Peter Pan over Belmont’s main strip by four lengths in the slop and Rosario chose to stay with this colt over Preakness runner-up Ride On Curlin. Rosario is winless from three Belmont mounts, while this will be Clement’s second runner.

NO. 11 TONALIST (8-1)

Trainer: Christophe Clement

Jockey: Joel Rosario

LAST THREE STARTS
5-10, Peter Pan, 1-4

2-22, Allowance, 2-3¼

1-18, Maiden, 1-4

Colt was purchased for $375,000 at 2012 Keeneland September sale by owner Centennial Farms, which won 1993 Belmont with Colonial Affair. Based in Boston, it has pledged to donate 5% of colt’s earnings from the race to the “One Fund” that benefits victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Both Maragh and Jerkens are seeking their first Belmont victories.

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Corey Sipkin/New York DAily News Samraat (l.) in preparation for the Belmont Stakes.