Palace Malice has won the 2013 Belmont Stakes after outlasting the field at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Mike Smith guided the underdog to a contested victory, as the 145th edition of this race was all but equal entering the final turn, when Palace Malice put on the jets and separated from the pack.
With Palace Malice receiving 15-to-1 odds (via Bovada), it's fair to call this an extraordinary upset.
Here are the official results, per NBC's broadcast.
|1||12||Palace Malice||Mike Smith||Todd Pletcher|
|2||7||Oxbow||Gary Stevens||D. Wayne Lukas|
|3||5||Orb||Joel Rosario||Shug McGaughey|
|4||6||Incognito||Irad Ortiz Jr.||Kiaran McLaughlin|
|5||9||Revolutionary||Javier Castellano||Todd Pletcher|
|6||13||Unlimited Budget||Rosie Napravnik||Todd Pletcher|
|7||3||Overanalyze||Johh Velazquez||Todd Pletcher|
|8||11||Vyjack||Julien Leparoux||Rudy Rogriguez|
|9||14||Golden Soul||Robby Albarado||Dallas Stewart|
|10||10||Will Take Charge||Jon Court||D. Wayne Lukas|
|11||4||Giant Finish||Edgar Prado||Anthony Dutrow|
|12||8||Midnight Taboo||Garrett Gomez||Todd Pletcher|
|13||2||Freedom Child||Luis Saez||Tom Albertrani|
|14||1||Frac Daddy||Alan Garcia||Ken McPeek|
The Winning Party
Entering the 2013 Belmont Stakes, Palace Malice was a pure underdog to win the race. With that being said, there was an experienced party behind him, thus leading to the rational belief that an upset could occur.
Jockey Mike Smith won the Belmont Stakes in 2010 atop Drosselmeyer, thus solidifying his status as one of horse racing's elite. Smith has also won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, which makes this latest one the proof we all needed that he's one of the active legends.
The Hall of Famer now owns two victories at Belmont Park after leading Palace Malice to the feat in 2013.
Training Palace Malice was none other than Todd Pletcher, who led Rags to Riches to the 2007 Belmont Stakes crown. This title, however, creates a new legacy for Pletcher, as he's become one of the most decorated trainers in the world.
It was a long shot, but Palace Malice certainly had the support to reach this extraordinary feat.
Orb, Oxbow Fail to Take Win No. 2
Entering the 2013 Belmont Stakes, the two favorites were Orb and Oxbow, as previous success suggested future glory.
Orb won the 2013 Kentucky Derby, while Oxbow won the Preakness Stakes.
While no horse was in the running to win the Triple Crown, this is a rare instance, as all three races were won by different horses. This marks the sixth time in eight years (from 1986 to 2005) that separate horses have won all three events.
Palace Malice, Oxbow and Orb have entered their names into the ranks of the elite, and it's only fitting that they finished first, second and third. Unfortunately, the pursuit of a Triple Crown still eludes the horse racing world.
Until that happens, it's time we celebrate Palace Malice's extraordinary feat.