Belmont Stakes 2013: Predicting the Perfect Trifecta for Saturday's Race

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 18:  Gary Stevens celebrates atop of Oxbow #6 as he crosses the finish line to win the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Justin Heiman/Getty Images)
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The 2013 Belmont Stakes is shaping up to be one of the most exciting races of the year, and despite no Triple Crown contender this year, the packed field full of serious contenders and former winners has anticipation through the roof.

All of the following horses will get a great start at Belmont Park this Saturday and run all the way to the front to give you the perfect betting trifecta.


Updated Odds and Entrants






C. McGaughey III

J. Rosario



T. Pletcher

J. Castellano



D.W. Lukas

G. Stevens


Freedom Child

T. Albertrani

L. Saez


Golden Soul

D. Stewart

R. Albarado


Unlimited Budget (f)

T. Pletcher

R. Napravnik



T. Pletcher

J. Velazquez


Palace Malice

T. Pletcher

M. Smith



R. Rodriguez

J. Leparoux


Will Take Charge

D.W. Lukas

J. Court


Giant Finish

A. Dutrow

E. Prado



K. McLaughlin

I. Ortiz Jr.


Midnight Taboo

T. Pletcher

G. Gomez


Always in a Tiz

D. Schettino

D. Cohen


Frac Daddy

K. McPeek

A. Garcia


*Odds and Probables via Daily Racing Forum. Updated: June 3.


Win: Oxbow

There is no horse in the world with as much momentum as Oxbow after winning the 2013 Preakness Stakes, and while the course at Belmont Park is slightly longer than at Pimlico, this horse is too good to lose.

Led by Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens and legendary trainer D. Wayne Lukas, Oxbow has the support system and pedigree to charge out of the gate fast, maneuver past traffic and never relinquish his early lead.

Oxbow dealt with some moisture at the Preakness this year, and with weather forecasts calling for rain this Saturday at Belmont Park (h/t, the experience in the conditions will give even more credence to another huge win.


Place: Overanalyze

While the expectations on Overanalyze are low after the colt finished 11th at the Kentucky Derby and did not participate in the Preakness Stakes, there is no discounting this horse at Belmont Park.

Not only does Overanalyze have two marquee wins in his last four races—Remsen and the Arkansas Derby—but each victory also came at tracks measured at 1 1/8 miles. With the Belmont running 1 1/2 miles, the experience on longer distances could help him.

Overanalyze has the right pedigree to steal the show at the Belmont Stakes, and with a trainer like Todd A. Pletcher, there is little doubt that this horse will be at the front of the pack contending for the win.


Show: Orb

The 2013 Kentucky Derby winner didn’t have a great run at the Preakness Stakes, but with rain expected at Belmont Park this Saturday, the sloppy conditions could mimic those at Churchill Downs when he won it all.

No matter how the surface is listed on Saturday, Orb is too strong not to be toward the front of the pack at the end of this race. Not only does the colt have the speed to get out of the gates fast, but he can also work through traffic and contend for the win.

With jockey Joel Rosario, trainer Claude R. McGaughey III and the entire Orb team trying to return the horse to victory circle, a third-place finish will be admirable and the perfect finish to your dream trifecta.