This filly has a great story, as Rosie Napravnik is set to become the first female jockey to compete in all three Triple Crown races in one season just by riding her in the event.
She finished fifth at the Kentucky Derby and third at the Preakness Stakes aboard Mylute.
Should they cross the finish line in first, Napravnik and Unlimited Budget would become the first filly and female rider combination to win the Run for the Carnations in its long history.
The jockey would also become only the second female to win a Triple Crown race—something that hasn’t happened since Julie Krone and Colonial Affair captured the Belmont back in 1993.
Storylines aside, this is a smart bet that could wind up paying dividends.
Unlimited Budget—another Pletcher horse—is a big, strong thoroughbred that will not look smaller compared to the rest of the field. Her speed figures match up with the best and she’s won up to a mile and an eighth in her maiden—finishing third at the same distance in the Kentucky Oaks.
If she can stay in the middle of the pack and save her energy for after the turn, it’s completely plausible that one-loss Unlimited Budget makes history at the Belmont.