Belmont Stakes 2013 Horses: Under-the-Radar Challengers to Watch

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2013

Unlimited Budget is one to watch for at Belmont Park on Saturday.
Unlimited Budget is one to watch for at Belmont Park on Saturday.Al Bello/Getty Images

It's finally race day at Belmont Park, and Unlimited Budget is one of the challengers race fans need to keep an eye on during the 2013 Belmont Stakes.

Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow headline the field, and Revolutionary is also expected to be near the front of the pack.

The rain is out of the way, and the crew should be able to get the track in good condition by the time the race gets underway later Saturday. 

Belmont Park will host the final leg of the Triple Crown, and the 14-horse field is ready to go. Only a few hours remain until the race starts, so it's time to check which under-the-radar horses will be worth keeping an eye on.


Unlimited Budget 

Besides watching the winners of the Derby and the Preakness, Unlimited Budget will be the horse to watch. As the only filly in the field, everyone wants to know how she will perform in a field full of colts.

In her five previous races, Unlimited Budget won four of them and finished third in her most recent race. The competition will be much tougher in the Belmont Stakes, so it will be interesting to see how she does.

Unlimited Budget is listed at 8-1 odds, courtesy of the race's official site. Those are among the best odds in the field, so there are high expectations for her. 

Only three fillies have ever won the Belmont Stakes. The most recent winner, Rags to Riches, came in 2007. It's been a few years, but Todd Pletcher was the trainer for Rags to Riches. He just happens to be Unlimited Budget's trainer as well.  

Jockey Rosie Napravnik will become the first female jockey to race in all three Triple Crown races in the same year. She rode Mylute to fifth in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness Stakes. She is looking to become the first female jockey to win the Belmont Stakes.

There are plenty of storylines surrounding Unlimited Budget entering the race, but she will be expected to stay in contention the entire time. The filly has a tough task ahead of her, but she has the ability to challenge the colts for the win.


Palace Malice

Pletcher has five horses in this field, although it would be a bit of a surprise if any of them won. Revolutionary has the highest expectations of the five, but Orb is the clear favorite in this field.

Palace Malice is listed at 15-1 odds, which puts him in the middle of the pack. 

Heading into the Kentucky Derby, Palace Malice finished outside of third place only once in six races. He came in second in his last race before the Derby, but he finished No. 12 at Churchill Downs. 

The colt now has to prove that he can perform well at a big race. Palace Malice has been known to get worked up and struggle when he gets spooked. Racing on a big stage could play a role in the horse's performance on Saturday.

If Palace Malice relaxes and just runs, he will be a horse to watch.



The other two horses have had their names occasionally thrown out there leading up to the race, but Incognito is the most under-the-radar challenger of this group.

Although he has won two of his past three races and finished lower than third only once in four of five, Incognito is listed at 20-1 odds.

Incognito finished fifth in the Grade II Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park in May, so he isn't expected to be among the leaders in a tougher field.

The track should be in good enough condition to give Incognito a chance. He was slowed down by the slop at the last race at Belmont Park, and he could end up staying in contention in the Belmont Stakes.


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