Belmont Stakes 2013: Horses That Will Disappoint in Final Triple Crown Race

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2013

Oxbow is poised for a letdown on Saturday.
Oxbow is poised for a letdown on Saturday.Justin Heiman/Getty Images

The final leg of the Triple Crown will get underway at Belmont Park on Saturday, and Oxbow and other horses will have disappointing showings in the Belmont Stakes 2013.

After winning the Preakness Stakes, Oxbow is poised for a letdown at the Belmont Stakes. 

Bovada lists Oxbow at 6-to-1 odds, which puts him behind only Orb and Revolutionary. As one of the favorites for the race, it will be tough to live up to expectations of already winning a leg of the Triple Crown.

The track may be affected by sloppy conditions thanks to Tropical Storm Andrea, and that could come into play.

Which horses are in danger of having a disappointing race on Saturday?



As mentioned above, Oxbow won the second leg of the Triple Crown. Orb was the favorite to win that leg after he won the Kentucky Derby, but Oxbow ultimately came out on top.

Now Oxbow will have to deal with everyone trying to beat him.

Going into the Preakness Stakes, Oxbow had finished higher than fourth only once in his previous four races. Six different horses in this 14-horse field finished ahead of him in those four races, so he hasn't exactly dominated his competitors in previous races.

Oxbow previously finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby. The victory at the Preakness came out of nowhere, and he will go back to being in the middle of the pack on Saturday.


Freedom Child

At 8-to-1 odds, Freedom Child is also in for a letdown.

He has won two of his last three races and finished lower than third only once in his last five. Those results look good, but he hasn't participated in any of the previous legs of the Triple Crown.

Freedom Child has the potential to be near the top of the pack, but he hasn't faced tough competition yet this year. 

President of the West Point Thoroughbreds syndicate, Terry Finley, has high expectations for Saturday. Jennie Rees of USA Today reported that Finley thinks a wet track will favor his horse, saying, "I really need to win the Belmont Stakes, so I couldn't want it to rain more any day than Saturday."

Although he is one of the favorites, his inexperience against tough competition could have him overrated. 

With recent success and a confident team, anything lower than third place would be a major disappointment for Freedom Child.


Golden Soul

The odds (12-to-1) don't put him among the favorites, but Golden Soul has high expectations.

He finished second at the Kentucky Derby, so there is pressure on the horse to perform well in his next race. He hasn't raced since the Derby, so everyone is interested to see how he follows that finish up.

The horse did not run in the Preakness Stakes because the trainer wanted to prepare for the Belmont Stakes. That puts extra pressure on the horse to do well in the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Being well rested should help Golden Soul. He has never competed in a race that was longer than 1.25 miles, but the Belmont track is 1.5 miles long. With a sloppy track, it could force Golden Soul to exert more energy than he is used to.

Golden Soul has finished second in three of the six races in his career and has a victory as well. He has always been near the head of the pack, which is a good sign for him entering the Belmont Stakes.


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