Is Mother Nature Smiling at Funny Cide?

Funny Cide, who won the Preakness Stakes (gr. I)impressively on an off track, will get his chance to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner on a similar surface.

The precipitation moved from a drizzle to a steady light rain at about 1:30 p.m. (EDT). Then it picked up intensity within an hour. The track is now rated sloppy. The sealed surface has considerable water standing on it.

The last Belmont run on a track other than fast was 1991, when Colonial Affair took the race on a track labeled good.

Weather forecasters predicted it would rain in the New York area Saturday, but not until late afternoon. Well, they were wrong. It began drizzling at 9 a.m., and then moved to a steady light precipitation.

Funny Cide remains the heavy favorite in the advance wagering, where the pool is obviously much smaller than it will eventually become. He is 3-5 to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner.

Post time for the Belmont is 6:38 p.m.