06/06/2014 6:59PM

California Chrome early Belmont favorite at 1-2

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ELMONT, N.Y. – After a light amount of advance wagering reported Friday by the New York Racing Association, California Chrome is the heavy favorite for the 146th Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

With $64,458 in the win pool, most of it ontrack, California Chrome is the 1-2 choice, followed by Commanding Curve (6-1), Wicked Strong (8-1), Ride On Curlin (11-1), and Tonalist (13-1).

California Chrome also is a big favorite in the two-day daily double wager linking him with Charming Kitten, the 5-1 winner of the Belmont Gold Cup on Friday. There is a pair of two-day doubles this year, the other being the True North (Friday) with the Met Mile (Saturday). Mutuel handle on the double ending with the Belmont was $656,728.

Here are rundowns of early Belmont odds and double will-pays:

BELMONT STAKES EARLY ODDS
1. Medal Count, 21-1
2. California Chrome, 1-2
3. Matterhorn, 59-1
4. Commanding Curve, 6-1
5. Ride On Curlin, 11-1
6. Matuszak, 47-1
7. Samraat, 41-1
8. Commissioner, 43-1
9. Wicked Strong, 8-1
10. General a Rod, 50-1
11. Tonalist, 13-1

Win handle: $64,458

$2 BELMONT GOLD CUP-BELMONT STAKES WILL-PAYS
Charming Kitten (#3) with:
1. Medal Count, $258.50
2. California Chrome, $38
3. Matterhorn, $936
4. Commanding Curve, $150
5. Ride On Curlin, $144.50
6. Matuszak, $697
7. Samraat, $272
8. Commissioner, $368
9. Wicked Strong, $85.50
10. General a Rod, $472
11. Tonalist, $127

Double pool: $656,728

$2 TRUE NORTH-MET MILE WILL-PAYS
Palace (#7) with:
1. Palace Malice, $48
2. Vyjack, $246
3. Scarly Charly, $1,728
4. Goldencents, $134
5. Moreno, $183
6. Central Banker, SCR
7. Capo Bastone, $676
8. Declan’s Warrior, $926
9. Normandy Invasion, $93.50
10. Clearly Now, $189
11. Broadway Empire, $880
12. Romansh, $455.50
13. Shakin It Up, $175

Double pool: $203,245