2013 Belmont Stakes

Belmont Stakes 2013 Post Positions: Horses That Have Ultimate Edge

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 29:  Marvin Abrego rides Frac Daddy during the morning excercise session in preparation for the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 29, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJune 8, 2013

In a 12-furlong marathon race like the Belmont Stakes, post positions are extremely valuable to a horse's success.

Post positions, combined with the 1.5-mile track, have proven to be the most crucial factors in the 144 previous runnings of the Run for the Carnations, and that's not about to change at the 2013 Belmont Stakes.

Before we get into the horses who have the ultimate edge in Saturday's 145th running of the Test of Champions, let's take a look at the post positions and complete information for each contender.

 

2013 Belmont Stakes 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 via the Daily Racing Form.


Now that you've seen the entire field for the race, let's talk about the horses that have the ultimate edge because of their post position on Saturday.

 

Orb

The 3-1 odds certainly help bolster the argument that Orb is the consensus favorite to win the Stakes, but there are other factors to consider.

For one, Orb is built for this track. Trainer Claude "Shug" McGaughey III has trained Orb to grind it out in lengthy tracks, which definitely works in Orb's favor.

Also working in the horse's favor is his post position.

Starting from the fifth spot, Orb shouldn't get bogged down next to the rail, and history says success will come from the No. 5 position. 

According to Belmont-Stakes info, the horse that comes from the fifth post spot has won this race 13 times, certainly giving Orb an edge on Saturday.

 

Frac Daddy

Don't let the 30-1 odds fool you—Alan Garcia has one of the best chances to pull an upset on Saturday aboard Frac Daddy.

History shows that the first post position has been kind to its contenders, as 23 winners have come from the No. 1 spot, which is the most of any of the 11 post positions. In fact, the next closest post positions with the most success are the third and fifth, with 13 wins apiece.

If you're worried about how Frac Daddy has been running, let Daily Racing Form's Mike Welsch put your mind at ease.

Combine Frac Daddy's post position with his practice times this week, and you've got a legitimate contender in the 145th Run for the Carnations.

 

Overanalyze

Todd Pletcher-trained horses should never be counted out, especially when they're starting from the third post position.

As mentioned earlier, the third post position has led to 13 Belmont Stakes wins, and that's where John Velazquez and Overanalyze will start from.

Overanalyze's 12-1 odds should be favorable to bettors and ESPN's Jay Cronley certainly agrees, as the racing analyst picked Overanalyze to win the Stakes.

Under Pletcher, Overanalyze should be ready to go, and with a favorable post position, don't count him out at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.


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