Belmont Stakes 2013 Lineup: Breaking Down This Year's Test of the Champion Field

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Belmont Stakes 2013 Lineup: Breaking Down This Year's Test of the Champion Field
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The field is set for the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes. That 2013 group consists of a 14-horse lineup, the largest at Belmont Park since 14 horses competed in the Test of the Champion in 1996.

The latest odds should surprise no one. Kentucky Derby winner Orb is the favorite despite a disappointing run at the Preakness in May. Oxbow, winner of that Pimlico Park race, sits in third behind Revolutionary in second place. Revolutionary skipped the Preakness and finished in the third place at Churchill Downs behind Orb and Golden Soul.

While those are the favorites everyone is talking about, there are some other horses with a shot at surprising us all at Belmont Park.

Below you’ll find the latest odds, post positions and a look at the 14-horse field.

 

Belmont Stakes Race Information

When: Sat., June 8

Where: Belmont Park, Elmont, N.Y.

Post Time: 6:20 p.m. ET (NBC)

Distance: 12 furlongs (1.5 miles)

Live Stream: NBC Sports

 

Post Positions, Odds and Field Information

Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
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

 

Historical Winners by Post Position

Post 1   23   Post 6   7   Post 11   2
Post 2   11   Post 7   11   Post 12   0
Post 3   13   Post 8   5   Post 13   0
Post 4   9   Post 9   3   Post 14   0
Post 5   13   Post 10   2        

*Post position winners provided by Belmont-Stakes.info.

 

Favorites

Oxbow, Orb, Revolutionary, Freedom Child

Of the group of favorites, we already know much of what there is to know. Orb and Oxbow are both winners of the previous two Triple Crown races.

Freedom Child is a horse that has been garnering a lot of attention in the weeks leading up to the Belmont Stakes. Winner of the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park, the Tom Albertrani-trained colt will attempt to become the seventh horse to win that race and follow up with a victory at the Belmont Stakes.

Unfortunately for Oxbow and Orb, Revolutionary has history working in the colt’s favor. Both of those two horses raced in the Preakness last month. Revolutionary was allowed to rest by trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a smart move considering that 12 of the past 14 winners at the Belmont Stakes did not race in the Preakness.

 

Contenders

Unlimited Budget, Palace Malice, Golden Soul, Overanalyze, Will Take Charge

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Oxbow had 16-1 odds prior to shocking us all at the Preakness in May. There are some very intriguing horses in the mix with favorable odds heading into the race. Of the group, Golden Soul at 12-1 jumps out as the most appealing.

Golden Soul, the runner-up at the Kentucky Derby, is an excellent finisher. If positioned correctly and the pace of the race is fast from the start, Robby Albarado will have a chance to ride his race and make a powerful late surge during the final furlongs of the longer 1.5-mile race.

Will Take Charge is also another interesting contender in this group. At 20-1 odds the Grade II Rebel Stakes winner is more of a long shot. Consecutive seventh- and eighth-place finishes in the Derby and the Preakness have tempered expectations for the once hopeful colt. Jockey Jon Court, who rode Will Take Charge during his Rebel Stakes win, will return to the saddle for the Belmont Stakes.

 

Long Shots 

Vyjack, Incognito, Frac Daddy, Giant Finish, Midnight Taboo

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None of the dark horses really stand out as having a shot at shocking the world at Belmont Park. The group has been given some of the more favorable post positions, though, so it will be interesting to see how these horses perform against the more highly regarded field.

Frac Daddy, 33-1 odds, sits in the inside post position. That No. 1 post spot has had the most winners of any of the others with 23. It’s also worth noting that trainer Kenny McPeek fielded the biggest upset in Belmont Stakes history in 2002 when 70-1 long shot Sarava won the race.

Midnight Taboo, another horse with 33-1 odds, is a horse that has the necessary stamina for a long race like Belmont. However, the colt is stepping up in grade and is widely believed to be outclassed by the rest of this field.

Giant Finish is a very promising long-shot option, but is more of a front-runner and doesn’t project well at Belmont Park’s 12 furlongs.

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