Belmont Stakes 2013 TV Schedule: Coverage Info and Final Predictions

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Belmont Stakes 2013 TV Schedule: Coverage Info and Final Predictions
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Viewing the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes isn’t going to be difficult. The 2013 edition of the final leg to the Triple Crown will be live on NBC’s TV network and also live streamed from the network’s website.

This year’s race doesn’t have the allure of a potential Triple Crown winner hanging in the balance. But there is a rematch brewing that has piqued the interest of racing enthusiasts around the nation. For just the 21st time, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness winners will square off at Belmont Park.

Factor in the 14-horse field, the largest such group since 1996, and there is sure to be plenty of excitement in New York for this big finale.

Below you’ll find everything you need to watch the race on Saturday night, including post positions, odds, TV viewing information and predictions for the big race.

 

Belmont Stakes Race Information

When: Sat., June 8

Where: Belmont Park, Elmont, N.Y.

Post Time: 6:20 p.m. ET

Distance: 12 furlongs (1.5 miles)

Live Stream: NBC Sports

 

TV Schedule

Pre-Race: 3-5 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network

145th Belmont Stakes Race: 5-7 p.m. on NBC

Post-Race: 7-7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network

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Post Positions, Odds and Field Information

1 Frac Daddy Alan Garcia Ken McPeek 33/1
2 Freedom Child Luis Saez Tom Albertrani 17/2
3 Overanalyze John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 16/1
4 Giant Finish Edgar Prado  Anthony Dutrow  33/1
5 Orb Joel Rosario  Shug McGaughey 11/4
6 Incognito Irad Ortiz Jr. Kiaran McLaughlin 25/1
7 Oxbow  Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas  6/1
8 Midnight Taboo  Garrett Gomez Todd Pletcher 33/1
9 Revolutionary Javier Castellano  Todd Pletcher 5/1
10 Will Take Charge Jon Court D. Wayne Lukas 20/1
11 Vyjack Julien Leparoux Rudy Rodriguez 22/1
12 Palace Malice Mike Smith Todd Pletcher 12/1
13 Unlimited Budget Rosie Napravnik Todd Pletcher 10/1
14 Golden Soul Robby Albarado Dallas Stewart 12/1

*Odds are current as of Friday afternoon and are courtesy of Bovada.

 

Predictions

Golden Soul Steals the Show

It’s been a couple of months since Golden Soul’s epic comeback to finish in second place at the Kentucky Derby. While it wasn’t a win, it was by far the colt’s best performance to date. The late run perfectly displayed both the horse's and jockey’s styles as well as their potential to the world on the big Churchill Downs stage.

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Golden Soul finished second behind Orb in the mud at Churchill Downs.

Fast forward to June and Belmont Park. Jockey Robby Albarado will be tasked with engineering the first win ever from the No. 14 post in Belmont Stakes history.

A lot is riding on the beginning of the race. If things start out slow, it could hurt Golden Soul’s chances. But if the pace is brisk in the beginning, the solid tandem will be able to follow behind the pack and wait until the end of the race to make a move.

The 1.5-mile race will give Albarado another shot at finding a crease down the final two furlongs to finish what he started at the Kentucky Derby—shocking the world by stealing a leg of the Triple Crown.

 

Revolutionary Finishes in Second

Revolutionary was held out from the Preakness last month in order to prepare for a solid showing at Belmont Park. That was a wise decision by Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher. Of the last 14 Belmont Stakes winners, just two had raced in the previous Pimlico Park event in Baltimore.

Coming off a third-place finish at the Kentucky Derby, Revolutionary was slotted at the No. 9 post position. Just three horses have previously gone on to win from that position. Although rested and looking for a statement victory, Pletcher’s colt will have a tough time working through the pack for much of the race.

In the end, the horse’s stamina and strength will allow for a late push, but not big enough to overtake the surge by Golden Soul.

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