Belmont Stakes 2013: Horses Who Will Benefit from Longer Track

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMay 20, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 04:  Jockey Joel Rosario guides Orb to the finish line to win the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Whilst there were many big winners to come out of the 2013 Preakness Stakes, there were also a number of horses who struggled on the shorter track.

The event is the shortest of the three legs of racing's Triple Crown, and for many horses, they simply could not adjust on the day. What they will be, however, is well-equipped to launch a strong challenge at the longest event of the Triple Crown—the Belmont Stakes which is scheduled for later this month.

Which horses will benefit from the longer track at Belmont Park?

Read on and find out.



Kentucky Derby: 3rd place

Preakness Stakes: DNR (did not run)

With a strong showing at the Kentucky Derby, Revolutionary will definitely come into the Belmont Stakes this year as one of the most dangerous horses to watch.

His direct pedigree from Runup the Colors suggests he'll be a dominant horse over the longer track, and he will be very fresh here. He didn't run at the Preakness Stakes and could therefore have the freshest legs out of any horse in the field, which Todd Pletcher will definitely use to his advantage.

Calvin Borel is an extremely talented jockey who is more than capable of working a horse through the field. He loves to come home strong on the inside, and with plenty of track at Belmont Park, he will have all the time he needs to make a big run towards the finishing post.

Look for Revolutionary to be a very tough horse to beat in New York. 



Kentucky Derby: Champion

Preakness Stakes: 4th place

After dominating the Kentucky Derby and appearing like a great chance to take out the Triple Crown this year, Orb finished a disappoint fourth in the Preakness Stakes. He was well off the pace and allowed the leader in Oxbow too much of a head start coming into the home turn—something that Joel Rosario certainly wasn't helped with after being drawn in the No. 1 post for the race.

Yet whilst Orb is a phenomenal sprinter and a tremendous horse over the shorter distance, he should also find great success over the longer course at Belmont.

His dam, Lady Liberty, provides him with a great deal of stamina, and Malibu Moon has also produced a number of champions over the 1.25-mile mark.

He has a great infusion of speed and residual stamina, and if he can get away from the rail here, he should be very tough to stop.

Especially if Orb comes into the straight with plenty of sprinting speed left.


Palace Malice

Kentucky Derby: 12th place

Preakness Stakes: DNR (did not run)

If you're after an outside horse to watch out for at Belmont Park, don't look past Palace Malice. He was ridden exceptionally quick in the Kentucky Derby as he tried to catch the field off guard, and whilst he did fall away down the home straight, don't be put off by his supposed lack of stamina.

He is the first crop of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who shone at Belmont Park at his peak and went on to produce many strong horses over longer distances.

Palace Malice is also by transatlantic turf star Royal Anthem, who too was very strong over the longer tracks. If any of that pedigree comes to the fore at the Belmont Stakes, Palace Malice could be very tough to stop—particularly if he swoops around the back of the field and finds good running room.

He won't be driven to the front here, and will no doubt have learned from his mistakes at Churchill Downs, which makes him a very dangerous horse to watch.


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