Belmont Stakes 2013 Odds: Breaking Down Best Bets on the Board

Alex KayCorrespondent IJune 6, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 27: Charming Kitten, riden by Patti Krotenko, and Revolutionary, riden by Calvin Borel, work out together during the morning excercise session in preparation for the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 27, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The 2013 Belmont Stakes may not have the excitement of a Triple Crown hopeful looking to add the third and most elusive jewel to its diadem, but there are still plenty of awesome contenders for fans to cheer on and bettors to feel good about wagering on.

Orb and Oxbow represent the main recipients of the pre-race hype, as the Kentucky Derby champion looks to get his revenge against the Preakness Stakes usurper.

However, with short odds in a long race and other issues, those two haven’t cracked the top three on this list of best horses to bet in the Belmont Stakes.

Let’s take a look at which contenders did and why.

2013 Belmont Stakes | Belmont Park, Elmont, NY | Purse: $1 Million | Grade I | Saturday, June 8 | Distance: 12 furlongs | Post Time: 6:20 p.m. ET | Watch Live on NBC | Live Stream on NBC Sports

Post Positions, Complete Field and Updated Odds





Morning Line


Frac Daddy

K. McPeek

A. Garcia



Freedom Child

T. Albertrani

L. Saez




T. Pletcher

J. Velazquez



Giant Finish

A. Dutrow

E. Prado




C. McGaughey III

J. Rosario




K. McLaughlin

I. Ortiz Jr.




D.W. Lukas

G. Stevens



Midnight Taboo

T. Pletcher

G. Gomez




T. Pletcher

J. Castellano



Will Take Charge

D.W. Lukas

J. Court




R. Rodriguez

J. Lea



Palace Malice

T. Pletcher

M. Smith



Unlimited Budget (f)

T. Pletcher

R. Napravnik



Golden Soul

D. Stewart

R. Albarado


Odds and post position courtesy of Nailah E.Timberlake of NYRA.

Revolutionary at 9-2

Revolutionary is my pick to win this race, as he’s been doing nothing but training for glory since a mildly disappointing third-place showing in the Run for the Roses.

Trainer Todd Pletcher has been working hard to ready this colt for a 12-furlong romp in Elmont, as the team elected to skip over the 9.5-furlong sprint that is the Preakness in order to concentrate on distance.

That should pay dividends in the long run, as he’s not going to burn his stamina early on and should instead patiently stalk off the lead until after the turn.

During the stretch run, expect Revolutionary to mount a strong push to break to the front and pull away from the rest of the pack. He has the pure speed, endurance and discipline required to win this thing by multiple lengths.


Unlimited Budget at 8-1

Unlimited Budget, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, may be the most intriguing contender in the Belmont Stakes.

This big thoroughbred is looking to follow in Rags to Riches’ footsteps and become just the second filly in over 100 years to win the Run for the Carnations. Napravnik will also be making history just by participating on Saturday, as she’s set to become the first female jockey to ride in all three Triple Crown races in one season.

Should the female jockey-filly combination end up winning, it would be the first such instance for such a pairing. Given the skill of Napravnik—one of the world’s best jockeys—and power of Unlimited Budget, it’s not that far-fetched.

While unproven at 12 furlongs, Unlimited Budget has done well at relatively long, 1 1/8 mile tracks, claiming a win early in her career and most recently a show at the 2013 Kentucky Oaks.

If she’s able to keep up her quick pace at the wire in New York, this filly could make history.


Golden Soul at 10-1

Much like Revolutionary, Golden Soul has been quietly preparing for the Test of Champions this weekend.

This dark horse shocked the world and finished in second place beneath the Twin Spires last month, proving the doubters wrong and showing that he’s one of the best closers around with great instincts.

After trailing for much of the Derby, Golden Soul mounted a furious charge in the late going to pull off an impressive showing at the conclusion of the “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.”

There could be a repeat of that performance in the Belmont, as this colt paces itself and utilizes the long stretch of dirt after the turn to rally and hit the board once again.


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