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Belmont Horse Race 2013: Longshots Worth a Wager

Jun 5, 2013; New York, NY, USA;  Horse on the track for a morning gallop in lieu of a morning workout in preparation for the 2013 Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park.  Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2013

The 2013 Belmont Stakes is one of the most prestigious horse races of the year, and with the fans from all over the world rushing to make a final wager on the event, it’s time to break down which longshots are worth a gamble.

All of the following horses are not betting favorites, but with the pedigree and talent to steal a win at Belmont Park, each of these stallions is worth the investment on Saturday.

 

Updated Odds and Entrants

Post

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Watchmaker Odds

ML Odds

1

Frac Daddy

K. McPeek

A. Garcia

30-1

30-1

2

Freedom Child

T. Albertrani

L. Saez

8-1

8-1

3

Overanalyze

T. Pletcher

J. Velazquez

15-1

12-1

4

Giant Finish

A. Dutrow

E. Prado

30-1

30-1

5

Orb

C. McGaughey III

J. Rosario

5-2

3-1

6

Incognito

K. McLaughlin

I. Ortiz Jr.

20-1

20-1

7

Oxbow

D.W. Lukas

G. Stevens

6-1

5-1

8

Midnight Taboo

T. Pletcher

G. Gomez

30-1

30-1

9

Revolutionary

T. Pletcher

J. Castellano

5-1

9-2

10

Will Take Charge

D.W. Lukas

J. Court

20-1

20-1

11

Vyjack

R. Rodriguez

J. Leparoux

15-1

20-1

12

Palace Malice

T. Pletcher

M. Smith

15-1

15-1

13

Unlimited Budget (f)

T. Pletcher

R. Napravnik

12-1

8-1

14

Golden Soul

D. Stewart

R. Albarado

12-1

10-1

*Table via Daily Racing Forum. Updated through June 7.

 

Overanalyze

After being shuffled back in the pack at the Kentucky Derby and never getting a chance to show his overall speed, Overanalyze is one of the strongest horses in the field for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.

An 11th-place finish at Churchill Downs hasn’t made this horse a favorite for the Belmont Stakes, but with two previous wins on 1 1/8 miles courses—the Arkansas Derby and the RemsenOveranalyze is a longshot worth a wager.

Factor in that this is a horse was brought up in the Repole Stable with the assistance of a trainer like Todd Pletcher, and those placing a few educated bets on Saturday should be looking at the odds for Overanalyze.

 

Unlimited Budget

While Orb and Oxbow may be stealing all the headlines with their wins in the first two legs of the Triple Crown, there should be a much bigger focus on filly Unlimited Budget and her female jockey, Rosie Napravnik.

Fillies don’t have a very rich history at the Belmont Stakes—the last winner was Rags to Riches in 2007, and she was the first filly to win in over 100 years (h/t ESPN.com)—but as one of the biggest horses in the field and one of the strongest, Unlimited Budget is a serious contender.

Add in the fact that this is a horse trained by the legendary Todd Pletcher (also trained Rags to Riches in 2007), and there is a real chance that this unique filly could run all the way to the front and win Saturday’s race.

 

Vyjack

The hype around Vyjack is almost non-existent after the horse finished 18th at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, but this is the kind of sleeper pick that gamblers are desperate to find.

The gelding has won four career races and knows how to run through traffic despite a porous showing in the Derby, but it will be the fact that Belmont Park is expected to be dry (h/t Weather.com) that levels the playing field for Vyjak.

Saturday’s biggest key for Vyjak will be getting out of the gates fast. Coming out of the 11th post position, this horse will have to start fast to avoid getting stuck in traffic and maintain the early sprint for the entire race.

Easier said than done.

 

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