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
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
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.
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.
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.