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USA TODAY Sports Dan Wolken breaks down how the Belmont Stakes is different this year.

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The 2020 Belmont Stakes is set to go off Saturday evening from Belmont Park in New York. In a departure from previous years, the race will be the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, followed by the Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5 and the Preakness Stakes on Oct. 3.

All three races have been rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and this year’s Belmont will be run without spectators.

Tiz the Law, ridden by Manny Franco and trained by Barclay Tagg, is the heavy morning-line favorite at 6-5. Sole Volante opens at 9-2, while Dr Post is 5-1 with Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard. Ortiz Jr. is Belmont’s leading rider this meet. 

Post time is scheduled for 5:42 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC. The race will be run at 1⅛ miles instead of its usual length of 1½ miles.

Below are the post positions, morning-line odds, jockeys, and trainers of the entire Belmont field.

1. Tap it to Win (6-1 odds)

Jockey: John Velazquez

Trainer: Mark Casse

Last race: first at Belmont Park, June 4

2. Sole Volante (9/2)

Jockey: Luca Panici

Trainer: Patrick L. Biancone

Last race: first at Gulfstream Park, June 10

3. Max Player (15-1)

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Trainer: Linda Rice

Last race: first in Grade III Withers Stakes at Aqueduct, Feb. 1

4. Modernist (15-1)

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Trainer: William Mott

Last race: third in Grade II Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds, March 21

5. Farmington Road (15-1)

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Last race: fourth in the Grade I Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn, May 5

6. Fore Left (30-1)

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Trainer: Doug O’Neill

Last race: first in the Grade III UAE Two Thousand Guineas at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, Feb. 6

7. Jungle Runner (50-1)

Jockey: Reylu Gutierrez

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Last race: eighth in the Grade I Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn, May 5

8. Tiz the Law (6-5)

Jockey: Manuel Franco

Trainer: Barclay Tagg

Last race: first in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream, March 28

9. Dr Post (5-1)

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Last race: first in Unbridled Stakes at Gulfstream, April 25

10 Pneumatic (8-1)

Jockey: Ricardo Santana

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Last race: third in the Grade III Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs, May 23

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