2013 Belmont Stakes: Post Time, TV Schedule, Post Positions Info

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2013 Belmont Stakes: Post Time, TV Schedule, Post Positions Info
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The 145th Belmont Stakes consists of a 14-horse field filled with viable contenders, and Saturday's race should cap off the 2013 Triple Crown season in dramatic fashion.

For the third time in as many Triple Crown races, Kentucky Derby winner Orb opened as the morning-line favorite at 3-to-1, followed by Revolutionary and Preakness winner Oxbow respectively. However, considering the depth of this particular lineup, it should be a tightly contested showcase.

Belmont Park is the longest of the Triple Crown venues at 1.5 miles, so depending on the early pace, a lot can happen over that distance.

Below is an overview of the post time information, where every horse will start from and when to catch the action on TV. That's followed by a breakdown of the history of post position winners and predictions as to who will come out on top in this edition of the Run for the Carnations.

 

When: Saturday, June 8

Where: Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

Post Time: 6:20 p.m. ET

Distance: 12 furlongs (1.5 miles)

Purse: $1 million

Live Stream: NBC Sports

 

TV Schedule (All times ET)

Pre-race coverage: 3-5 p.m. on NBC Sports Network

Belmont Stakes: 5-7 p.m. on NBC

Post-race coverage: 7-7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network

 

Post Positions and Complete Field

Post No.

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Odds

1

Frac Daddy

Ken McPeek

Alan Garcia

30-1

2

Freedom Child

Tom Albertrani

Luis Saez

8-1

3

Overanalyze

Todd Pletcher

John Velazquez

12-1

4

Giant Finish

Anthony W. Dutrow

Edgar Prado

30-1

5

Orb

Shug McGaughey

Joel Rosario

3-1

6

Incognito

Kiaran P. McLaughlin

Irad Ortiz Jr.

20-1

7

Oxbow

D. Wayne Lukas

Gary Stevens

5-1

8

Midnight Taboo

Todd Pletcher

Garrett Gomez

30-1

9

Revolutionary

Todd Pletcher Javier Castellano

9-2

10

Will Take Charge

D. Wayne Lukas

Jon Court

20-1

11

Vyjack

Rudy Rodriguez

Julien Leparoux

20-1

12

Palace Malice

Todd Pletcher

Mike E. Smith

15-1

13

Unlimited Budget

Todd Pletcher

Rosie Napravnik

8-1

14

Golden Soul

Dallas Stewart

Robby Albarado

10-1

*Odds were obtained from morning line numbers, courtesy of America's Best Racing on Twitter.

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Belmont Winners By the Numbers (h/t Belmont-Stakes.info)

Post Position Number of Wins
Post 1 23
Post 2 11
Post 3 13
Post 4 9
Post 5 13
Post 6 7
Post 7 11
Post 8 5
Post 9 3
Post 10 2
Post 11 2

 

Predictions 

Oxbow Finishes Out of the Money

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It won't be by a massive margin, but Oxbow will not crack the top three on Saturday in Elmont, New York. Though he has the advantage of having Gary Stevens in the saddle, who is a three-time Belmont champion, this venue simply isn't a good fit for the colt.

Oxbow is known more for his speed than an imposing physical presence, and that will ultimately reveal itself as this race progresses.

The steady pace Oxbow had in winning wire-to-wire at Pimlico proved he could maintain a stellar speed for 9.5 furlongs, but doing so over a 12-furlong stretch at Belmont Park seems like a tall task—particularly with a better, bigger field across the board.

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Three of the past six winners have begun in post position No. 7, and another positive aspect is that Oxbow isn't immediately flanked by any horses garnering serious consideration for the winner's circle.

However, neither are Orb or Revolutionary, who are bigger horses and will be Oxbow's top competition. Unless Stevens pulls off some kind of miracle, it doesn't appear Oxbow has the endurance to maintain a brisk enough pace while still having enough energy to make a late push to the finish.

 

Will Take Charge is Long Shot to Watch

The Grade II Rebel Stakes win had Will Take Charge generating a considerable amount of hype entering the first leg of the Triple Crown, but he disappointed with an eighth-place showing at Churchill Downs.

Seeking redemption at the shorter track in the Preakness, traffic problems and a generally disappointing run saw him finish seventh out of nine entries. That diminishes Will Take Charge's profile significantly, but he has all the tools to succeed at Belmont Park.

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Will Take Charge is a massive horse who hasn't been able to show his full potential in a Triple Crown race yet. Beginning alongside a favorite in Revolutionary should help him keep up an ideal pace, and it will also be an exciting battle to watch toward the outside as the action unfolds.

Few horses have the luxury of being strong enough to recover if things aren't going their way early on, and Will Take Charge is one of those types of breeds.

Jockey Jon Court did not get the mount in the Preakness, but is back in the saddle. He was aboard during Will Take Charge's win at the Rebel Stakes, making this a great time for the veteran jockey to break through in a Triple Crown race.

 

Revolutionary Wins in Close Finish

With the way the post position draw fell, all signs are pointing to an epic finish. As hinted at before, none of the top three odds-on favorites have to worry about the horses in their closest proximity.

That should create a battle between Orb, Revolutionary and Oxbow that will reveal itself toward the midway point of the race. Peter Pan Stakes winner Freedom Child is likely to challenge from near the rail, while Will Take Charge and Unlimited Budget should push from the outside on the final straightaway.

When the dust settles, though, look for Revolutionary—who finished third in the Kentucky Derby—to come away with the trophy.

Orb's trainer Shug McGaughey mentioned Revolutionary as one of the two horses he'll be particularly concerned about, per ESPN's Lane Gold:

Other than Orb, he is the one who boasts the best combination of strength and swiftness, and he has a jockey in Javier Castellano that is eager to win the Belmont after two past runner-up finishes. Only Orb's jockey, Joel Rosario, has more in earnings in 2013 than Castellano (h/t Equibase.com).

According to Jarrod Horak of Horse Racing Nation, 12 of the past 14 Belmont winners did not run in the Preakness Stakes, which is precisely the route Revolutionary chose to take.

Having a fresh, strong horse for the Belmont Stakes is clearly a sound strategy, and that had to figure into Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas' decision to sit him out of the race in Baltimore.

It will likely be a photo finish, but expect Oxbow to fade down the stretch due to his lackluster stamina. The finale should feature Revolutionary crossing the finish first, followed by Freedom Child in second and Orb closely behind in third.

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