Belmont Stakes 2013: New Shooters with Best Chance to Win the Test of Champions

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IJune 3, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: Revolutionary runs on the track during the morning training for the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Belmont Stakes presents the toughest challenge for horse and rider of all the three Triple Crown races. The mile-and-a-half race is known as "The Test of Champions," and the grueling length will give fresh horses an edge over those that have raced more recently.

There are some excellent new shooters coming into the Belmont.

These horses ran at the Kentucky Derby but were held out of the Preakness Stakes a few weeks ago. The extra rest they received during the past month could potentially give them an edge over Oxbow and Orb, horses that ran in both Triple Crown races leading up to the Belmont.

Here are the new shooters with the best chance to win the "Run for the Carnations."


Current Belmont Stakes Field

Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
Orb Joel Rosario Shug McGaughey 3-1
Revolutionary Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher 5-1
Oxbow Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas 6-1
Freedom Child Luis Saez Tom Albertrani 8-1
Golden Soul Robby Albarado Dallas Stewart 10-1
Unlimited Budget N/A Todd Pletcher 10-1
Overanalyze John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 15-1
Palace Malice Mike Smith Todd Pletcher 15-1
Vyjack  N/A Rudy Rodriguez 15-1
Code West N/A Bob Baffert 20-1
Will Take Charge Jon Court D. Wayne Lukas 20-1
Giant Finish Edgar Prado Anthony Dutrow 30-1
Incognito Irad Ortiz Jr. Kiaran McLaughlin 30-1
Midnight Taboo N/A Todd Pletcher 30-1
Always in a Tiz David Cohen Dominick Schettino 50-1


*Field and odds courtesy of Daily Racing Form


After a third-place finish at the Derby earlier this year, it was somewhat of a shock when trainer Todd Pletcher kept Revolutionary from running at the Preakness. This horse ran a brilliant race, and if not for the muddy conditions at Churchill Downs and Orb's late charge, Revolutionary had as good a chance to win as any other horse.

One big change to consider is that Revolutionary won't be ridden by Calvin Borel, who had him at the Derby. Instead, according to WinStar Farm, jockey Javier Castellano will have the honors at the Belmont:

While Castellano isn't as big a name as Borel, he and Revolutionary have some history together and won a couple of races earlier in the year.

Blessed with stamina from dam Runup the Colors and raw speed from sire War Pass, Revolutionary has the pedigree to do well at the Belmont Stakes. This upcoming race will favor big, strong horses, and given Revolutionary's fresh legs, he'll certainly be one of the heavy betting favorites.


Palace Malice

A strong start at the Derby was negated by the wet track. Palace Malice got off to a roaring start, leading the pack at Churchill Downs. Unfortunately, the muddy conditions weren't suited to a wire-to-wire victory, and in the end Palace Malice finished in 12th place.

That doesn't mean this horse will finish in the back of the pack at the Belmont Stakes, however, as trainer Pletcher has been pleased with this horse's work in training leading up to this race.

With fresh legs, Palace Malice has been running extremely fast of late, per HRTV:

Palace Malice isn't likely to receive good odds heading into the Belmont, as this horse hasn't won since its Maiden Special Weight race back in 2012. That said, Palace Malice has the speed to make a hard charge to the finish line, and long shots winning big races isn't something new in the sport of horse racing.


Golden Soul

Heading into the Derby, Golden Soul wasn't expected to be a factor and received long-shot odds.

Like Oxbow at the Preakness, nobody expected Golden Soul to be a factor in the first leg of the Triple Crown. But this horse shocked the field with a second-place finish behind Orb on the muddy track at Churchill Downs.

Endurance and speed were on full display, and given the way Golden Soul started coming on even stronger in the last furlong, it shouldn't shock anyone if this horse puts on a show on the long track at Belmont.

According to Mike Welsch of Daily Racing Form, Golden Soul has been flying around the track during recent training sessions:

In addition to the horse's natural abilities, another reason Golden Soul should be considered a dangerous horse in the Belmont Stakes is that he'll be ridden by jockey Robby Albarado. Albarado has a Preakness victory under his belt and a number of Breeder's Cup wins, and he is a proven commodity.


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