The Belmont Stakes is just hours away, and Palace Malice leads the list of long shots who have the best chance to pull off an upset Saturday at Belmont Park.
All eyes will be on Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Preakness winner Oxbow, but don't count out the underdogs. As the Preakness Stakes showed, the favorites don't always come out on top.
Horse racing is unpredictable. The condition of the track will come into play, and the pace of the field will be just as important.
The final leg of the Triple Crown will feature a deep 14-horse field, which is set barring any late scratches.
The list below provides the odds for each horse to get the win. Once the odds are presented, there will be a rundown of the long shots who pose the biggest threats.
Complete Field with Post Positions
|1||Frac Daddy||Kenneth McPeek||Alan Garcia||33-1|
|2||Freedom Child||Thomas Albertrani||Luis Saez||17-2|
|3||Overanalyze||Todd Pletcher||John Velazquez||16-1|
|4||Giant Finish||Anthony Durrow||Edgar Prado||33-1|
|5||Orb||Shug McGaughey||Joel Rosario||11-4|
|6||Incognito||Kiaran McLaughlin||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||25-1|
|7||Oxbow||D. Wayne Lukas||Gary Stevens||6-1|
|8||Midnight Taboo||Todd Pletcher||Garrett Gomez||33-1|
|9||Revolutionary||Todd Pletcher||Javier Castellano||5-1|
|10||Will Take Charge||D. Wayne Lukas||Jon Court||20-1|
|11||Vyjack||Rudy Rodriguez||Julien Leparoux||22-1|
|12||Palace Malice||Todd Pletcher||Mike Smith||12-1|
|13||Unlimited Budget||Todd Pletcher||Rosie Napravnik||10-1|
|14||Golden Soul||Dallas Stewart||Robby Albarado||12-1|
*Post Positions and odds are via Bovada.
Palace Malice (12-1)
The odds show that Palace Malice has a chance, but it's only a slim one.
Although trainer Todd Pletcher has a handful of horses in this field, Palace Malice is not one of the favorites from his group. Revolutionary and Unlimited Budget are expected to do the best, but don't be surprised if Pletcher walks away from Belmont Park with Palace Malice as his best horse.
After a disappointing 12th-place finish at the Kentucky Derby, Palace Malice did not run in the Preakness Stakes. However, he finished second in the Bluegrass Stakes right before the Derby.
In his career, Palace Malice has a victory, three second-place finishes and a third-place finish in only seven races. First place hasn't been easy for Palace Malice to get, but he has shown the ability to hang around and contend throughout his career.
Will Take Charge (20-1)
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas has Oxbow has his top horse, but Will Take Charge has the ability to surprise some folks.
Like Palace Malice, Will Take Charge hasn't fared well in the Triple Crown races. He finished eighth at the Kentucky Derby and seventh at the Preakness, so he will need to show that he can win a big race.
Also like Palace Malice, Will Take Charge did well in the race before the first leg of the Triple Crown. He won the Grade II Rebel Stakes in his final race before the Kentucky Derby, and he has three victories to his credit.
Will Take Charge has been expected to contend in previous races but has come up short. This could be a career-defining race for him. A victory would show that the hype wasn't wasted, and this long shot has a chance to challenge for the lead near the end of the race.
After missing the previous two legs of the Triple Crown races, Incognito is the biggest underdog of these three horses.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin will have a tough task ahead, but Incognito could be in contention near the end of the race.
He has won two of his previous three races and has finished no lower than third in four of his last five. None of those races have been against competition like he will face at Belmont Park, but he has gotten the job done nonetheless.
His odds were originally at 20-1, so the experts aren't warming up to Incognito as the race gets closer.
*All results are courtesy of HorseRacingNation.com