The excitement surrounding the 145th Belmont Stakes is through the roof, and the 2013 edition of the final leg of the illustrious horse racing Triple Crown has been dealing with the possibility that weather could play a role Saturday.
Each of the two previous Triple Crown races were contested under less-than-ideal conditions—the Kentucky Derby was drenched and the Preakness Stakes dealt with its fair share of rain as well—and ominous weather warnings early in the week had many fearing the same for Belmont Park.
Now, the belief from the weather forecasters is that Saturday should be much drier.
With favorites like Orb and Oxbow (h/t Daily Racing Form) having experience on moist surfaces and proving they can win despite it, the field will be ready for an intense race no matter what Mother Nature says about crashing the event.
If you are attending the illustrious race or have plans that involve being outside in the Elmont area surrounding the racetrack, bring a poncho just in case, but expect a partly-sunny day at the 2013 Belmont Stakes.