Belmont Stakes 2013: Underdogs That Will Stand Out in Triple Crown Finale
Some horses will come in with huge odds and others will be written off, but anything can happen in a 1.5-mile race and that will be proven in the 2013 Belmont Stakes.
While Orb and Oxbow top the morning line, according to BelmontStakes.com, heading into the final running of the Triple Crown, they're stealing the spotlight from some horses coming in under the radar who can't be counted out.
Let's take a look at some underdogs to keep an eye out for heading into Saturday's race.
Note: All stats and recognitions, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of Belmont Stakes.com.
Will Take Charge: 20-1
D. Wayne Lukas is being talked about plenty heading into the Belmont Stakes, but not for the horse that very well could take the whole thing.
Lukas surprised the horse racing world when Oxbow ran away with the Preakness, and he could do so again with Will Take Charge. This horse ran brilliantly at the Kentucky Derby earlier this season, before getting stuck late in the race when he looked primed to pull off the shocker.
Will Take Charge is knocking on the door of the top three, finishing in seventh in the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Lukas had some interesting words for Arkansas' local ABC news affiliate KATV about how his horse could have a great run.
“He's not a start-and-stop horse,” Lukas said. "But when he gets a head of steam up and gets rolling, he’s dangerous."
In a 1.5-mile race, that type of horse would very well be dangerous. If Oxbow can't get out to his early lead and Orb can't find the outside, things will open up for Will Take Charge.
Lesson one of horse racing: Never count out the reigning-champion jockey.
Not only is John Velazquez one of the greatest all-time jockeys, but he's one of the best at Belmont. That includes a 2007 victory with Rags to Riches and last year with Union Rags.
On top of that, Velazquez picked up a win at Churchill Downs in 2011, further proving he's simply on top of the jockeying world.
It doesn't hurt that he's riding one of the most talented horses in the field, either. And Overanalyze is trained by world-renowned Todd Pletcher, who was with Velazquez during his 2007 run with Rags to Riches.
All in all, it adds up for too much parallel to the past and you just can't ignore it. Overanalyze has decent odds, but not good enough for the danger he boasts to the rest of the field.
Frac Daddy: 30-1
I was big on Frac Daddy going into the Kentucky Derby and despite his 16th-place finish, I saw enough in his performance to believe he's absolutely able to finish in the top three if he runs a perfect race.
Belmont seems to be a better competition for him given his trainer and jockey. Trainer Ken McPeek holds the record as the longest-odd victory at Belmont Stakes in 2002 when Sarava beat 70-1 odds. McPeek's Atigun finished third in last year's running, so that good fortune should carry over into Elmont, New York.
Frac Daddy will be ridden by jockey Alan Garcia, who won his first-ever appearance at Belmont in 2008 under 38-1 odds. The 27-year-old is an up-and-coming jockey who is hungry to notch his first big win in five years.
The three-year-old colt had a strong running in the Kentucky Derby, and a similar performance in a more favorable position would have him threatening the lead.
All odds courtesy of BelmontStakes.com's morning line.
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