Belmont Stakes Draw 2013: Post Positions, Field and Race Preview

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Belmont Stakes Draw 2013: Post Positions, Field and Race Preview
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The 2013 Belmont Stakes lacks the excitement of a Triple Crown hopeful looking to capture the final jewel, but it certainly isn’t devoid of juicy storylines and an excellent field.

There are 14 capable thoroughbreds all awaiting a chance to shine in the 145th edition of this prestigious event, of which both casual fans and horse-racing junkies will not want to miss a single second.

Let’s take a look at where you can catch the action, the results of the post-position draw on Wednesday, the odds for each contestant in the race, the top stories surrounding this event, predictions on the outcome and more.

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Where: Belmont Park, Elmont, N.Y.

When: Saturday, June 8

Post Time: 6:20 p.m. ET

Distance: 12 furlongs

Purse: $1 million

Watch: NBC

Live Stream: NBC Sports

 

Post Positions, Complete Field and Updated Odds

Post

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

Morning Line

1

Frac Daddy

A. Garcia

K. McPeek 

30-1 

2

Freedom Child

L. Saez 

T. Albertrani

8-1 

3

Overanalyze

J. Velazquez 

T. Pletcher

12-1 

4

Giant Finish

E. Prado 

A. Dutrow 

30-1 

5

Orb

J. Rosario 

C. McGaughey III 

3-1 

6

Icognito

I. Ortiz, Jr. 

K. McLaughlin 

20-1 

7

Oxbow

G. Stevens 

D.W. Lukas 

5-1 

8

Midnight Taboo

G. Gomez 

T. Pletcher 

30-1 

9

Revolutionary

J. Castellano 

T. Pletcher 

9-2 

10

Will Take Charge

J. Court 

D.W. Lukas 

20-1 

11

Vyjack

J. Lea 

R. Rodriguez 

20-1 

12

Palace Malice

M. Smith 

T. Pletcher 

15-1 

13

Unlimited Budget (f)

R. Napravnik 

T. Pletcher 

8-1 

14

Golden Soul

R. Albarado 

D. Stewart 

10-1 

*Post positions and morning lines were obtained via Nailah E. Timberlake of the New York Racing Association.

 

Top Storylines

Will Orb Have His Revenge Against Oxbow?

Orb was a favorite to win the Triple Crown after breaking away down the stretch and winning the 2013 Kentucky Derby. However, the odds-on favorite drew the No. 1 post at the Preakness Stakes and failed to break to the outside with enough time to make a move.

During the short, 9.5-furlong sprint at Pimlico, Oxbow proved to be the quickest horse and galloped to the finish line before Orb had time to close the gap.

That could all change on Saturday, as Orb will have plenty of track and adequate time to make up any lost ground during the home stretch.

The Shug McGaughey-trained competitor is an endurance colt through and through, which bodes well for his odds of winning the Belmont. While there will be other contenders putting up a fight and challenging Orb—who has once again been named the favorite—for supremacy, don’t count Oxbow among them.

D. Wayne Lukas isn’t known for his prowess at Belmont, as he hasn’t entered a winner since Commendable in 2000. His best horse in this race—Oxbow—is a sprinter that is short on stamina, which simply isn’t a winning recipe in the Test of Champions.

 

Rosie Napravnik and Unlimited Budget Looking to Make History

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Napravnik and Unlimited Budget are giving the ladies some representation at Belmont Park this weekend, as the filly and her rider are looking to become the first all-female tandem to win a Triple Crown race.

Just by showing up, Napravnik will already be making history by becoming the first female jockey to compete in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in the same calendar year. She’ll also be the first female to ride a filly in one of these events.

She would be just the second woman to win the Belmont Stakes and second to win a Triple Crown race overall, following in the footsteps of Julie Krone and her mount, Colonial Fair, who had success in the Run for the Carnations back in 1993.

Don’t discount this pairing as a novelty, however, as Napravnik is one of the best young jockeys around, while Unlimited Budget has the strength and speed to hang with any other competitor in this event.

 

Strong Possibility for Three Separate Triple Crown Winners

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Over the past seven years, there have only been two horses who have won two of the three Triple Crown races. While this parity at the top of three-year-old horse racing was once an anomaly, it’s now much more commonplace.

With that in mind, it’s easy to believe that a contender not named Oxbow or Orb can cross the finish line first in New York this weekend.

In fact, as a favorite, Orb has much to be worried about and little history on his side. Since Big Brown’s failure in 2008, the average finish of the odds-on favorite is seventh and 20 lengths off the lead.

With seven straight failures from the top bet in the race, perhaps it is worth looking into the second-favorite horse, which has won six times since 1993 and did last year when Union Rags claimed the August Belmont Trophy.

That horse in this race would be Revolutionary, who had a morning line of 9-2 when the post-position draw was held on Wednesday.

Considering the colt finished a respectable third in the Run for the Roses, it’s easy to see him challenging for the top spot down the stretch at Belmont.

 

Predictions

Show: Unlimited Budget

As mentioned, write off Unlimited Budget at your own risk. This is a filly with the pedigree and personal body of work to outlast the pack over the course of the 12 furlongs in the Test of Champions.

She’s currently untested at this distance, but finished third at the 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs in early May and won the Grade II Demoiselle at that same length.

It was a disappointment that Unlimited Budget missed out on the garland of lilies by not winning that event, but she’d be more than happy to don the blanket of carnations instead.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to believe she’ll be able to have enough of a second wind to overcome or outlast these next two horses down the stretch.

 

Place: Orb

The Derby winner simply ran out of track at Pimlico three weeks ago and finished a disappointing fourth in a small, nine-horse field.

However, it would be unwise to back off of Orb now, as he’s primed to redeem himself and pay backers dividends at the Belmont.

This colt will have plenty of room to maneuver and will easily overtake the majority of the field as they run out of stamina toward the end of the grueling 12-furlong race.

However, Orb is going to have trouble with one horse, a feisty competitor who was right on his heels in Louisville and finished just behind him beneath the Twin Spires last month.

 

Win: Revolutionary

After showing at the Derby, Revolutionary laid low and began preparations to win the Belmont.

He didn’t waste his time trying to train for the 9.5-furlong sprint at Preakness, knowing full well that it would likely have a negative impact on his ability to concentrate on capturing the third jewel of the Triple Crown—which is much more of a test of endurance due to its distance.

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Jockey Javier Castellano won’t need to make any major adjustments to get his horse to properly maneuver and pace himself to grind out a win here.  

That will prove to be the difference, as this Todd Pletcher-trained horse finally gets some much-needed recognition by winning the 2013 Belmont Stakes. He was one of the shorter-odds horses at the Derby, but came up just short behind Orb down the stretch.

With clear conditions expected and more space to work with in this 14-horse field, don’t be surprised if Revolutionary assumes a stalking position until after the turn, when he will take off and surge to the front of the pack.

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