Belmont Stakes 2013 Post Time: When and Where to Watch Third Leg of Triple Crown

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Belmont Stakes 2013 Post Time: When and Where to Watch Third Leg of Triple Crown
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sport

On Saturday, the 145th Belmont Stakes will take place in Elmont, N.Y. It would be awesome if a horse were in the running for the Triple Crown, but jockey Gary Stevens and Oxbow made sure Orb's chances at all three jewels were vanquished.

That said, there is always appeal when it comes to the final—and longest—race in the American Triple Crown series. At 1.5 miles, the Belmont Stakes tests the horses' endurance as much as their speed.

This year's race features 14 horses and is truly up for grabs. Orb, Oxbow and Revolutionary are the ones to watch, but no one should be surprised to see an underdog emerge as the winner.

Here's how you can catch the action, the full field with odds, post positions and a little history behind those starting spots.

 

When: Saturday, June 8

Where: Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

Post Time: 6:20 p.m. ET

Distance: 12 furlongs (1.5 miles)

Purse: $1 million

Live Stream: NBC Sports

 

TV Schedule (All times ET)

Pre-race coverage: 3-5 p.m. on NBC Sports Network

Belmont Stakes: 5-7 p.m. on NBC

Post-race coverage: 7-7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network

 

Post Positions and Complete Field

Post No.

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Odds

1

Frac Daddy

Ken McPeek

Alan Garcia

30-1

2

Freedom Child

Tom Albertrani

Luis Saez

8-1

3

Overanalyze

Todd Pletcher

John Velazquez

12-1

4

Giant Finish

Anthony W. Dutrow

Edgar Prado

30-1

5

Orb

Shug McGaughey

Joel Rosario

3-1

6

Incognito

Kiaran P. McLaughlin

Irad Ortiz Jr.

20-1

7

Oxbow

D. Wayne Lukas

Gary Stevens

5-1

8

Midnight Taboo

Todd Pletcher

Garrett Gomez

30-1

9

Revolutionary

Todd Pletcher Javier Castellano

9-2

10

Will Take Charge

D. Wayne Lukas

Jon Court

20-1

11

Vyjack

Rudy Rodriguez

Julien Leparoux

20-1

12

Palace Malice

Todd Pletcher

Mike E. Smith

15-1

13

Unlimited Budget

Todd Pletcher

Rosie Napravnik

8-1

14

Golden Soul

Dallas Stewart

Robby Albarado

10-1

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*Odds were obtained from morning line numbers, courtesy of America's Best Racing on Twitter.

 

Which Post Positions Have Produced the Most Winners?

Post positions are an important factor in horse racing, though the prime real estate is different depending on the horse, the track and the field. 

At the Belmont Stakes, history tells over the last 100 years the best position has been the first post. Click the graph to see the raw number of winners and the percentage of times that post has produced a winner.

chart created at Chartle.net

The horse occupying the first post position in the 2013 Belmont Stakes is Frac Daddy. While the first post has produced the most winners, Kevin McPeek's horse is a 30-1 underdog. Perhaps the post position could make Frac Daddy worth a wager to Show, but it would be unwise to go beyond that.

Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The best combination of post position success and current odds is Orb in the No. 5 slot. The Kentucky Derby winner sits at 3-1 odds and the fifth spot is tied with the third spot for the second-most wins at 13.

Al Bello/Getty Images

Orb is certainly the smartest bet as he is awesome a very capable horse. Then again, smart doesn't always win the race, luck is often the best quality to have on your side.

Belmont Winners By the Numbers (h/t Belmont-Stakes.info)

 

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