Belmont Stakes 2013 Post Positions: Last-Second Bets with Great Starting Spots

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Belmont Stakes 2013 Post Positions: Last-Second Bets with Great Starting Spots
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 Belmont Stakes is shaping up to be one of the most exciting horse races of the year, and the focus on last-second bets and which position each horse would post on Saturday has fans riding with the horses in the best starting spots.

Each of the following colts drew a favorable post position earlier this week and will start the Belmont Stakes in one of the best starting spots possible for Saturday’s race.

 

Updated Odds and Entrants

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Post

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Watchmaker Odds

ML Odds

1

Frac Daddy

K. McPeek

A. Garcia

30-1

30-1

2

Freedom Child

T. Albertrani

L. Saez

8-1

8-1

3

Overanalyze

T. Pletcher

J. Velazquez

15-1

12-1

4

Giant Finish

A. Dutrow

E. Prado

30-1

30-1

5

Orb

C. McGaughey III

J. Rosario

5-2

3-1

6

Incognito

K. McLaughlin

I. Ortiz Jr.

20-1

20-1

7

Oxbow

D.W. Lukas

G. Stevens

6-1

5-1

8

Midnight Taboo

T. Pletcher

G. Gomez

30-1

30-1

9

Revolutionary

T. Pletcher

J. Castellano

5-1

9-2

10

Will Take Charge

D.W. Lukas

J. Court

20-1

20-1

11

Vyjack

R. Rodriguez

J. Leparoux

15-1

20-1

12

Palace Malice

T. Pletcher

M. Smith

15-1

15-1

13

Unlimited Budget (f)

T. Pletcher

R. Napravnik

12-1

8-1

14

Golden Soul

D. Stewart

R. Albarado

12-1

10-1

*Table via Daily Racing Form. Updated through June 6.

 

Orb: Post Position No. 5

After stealing the show at Churchill Downs by winning the Kentucky Derby, Orb was shuffled back in the pack at the Preakness Stakes before charging back to fourth place at the finish.

While the talented colt isn’t eligible for the Triple Crown, the fact that the notoriously slow starter has gained the chance to redeem himself by running out of the No. 5 gate and getting an early lead could be all this horse needs.

Orb has proven he can win through traffic and less-than-ideal conditions, and with a post position that should be a huge benefit to the horse, expect Orb to take a lead early and contend for the win.

Belmont Park runs a 1.5-mile course—a quarter-mile longer than the Kentucky Derby—and the main key for Orb after getting a great start will be ensuring he has the energy for the last sprint to the finish line.

 

Oxbow: Post Position No. 7

While it was Orb that came into the Preakness Stakes with all the hype after his Derby win, it was Oxbow and the talented team around him that stole the show and the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Now that Oxbow has been slotted in the No. 7 post—14 contenders in the Belmont Stakes field—the talented horse carrying all the momentum will have the chance to run hard out of the gates and contend for the lead early.

With Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens on his back and a great starting position, the D. Wayne Lukas-trained stallion has everything going in his favor before Saturday’s big race at Belmont Park.

As long as Oxbow doesn’t start too slow and get marred in traffic, this is the type of horse that can run toward the front throughout the first mile and turn on the jets in the last half-mile to steal his second-straight Triple Crown victory.

At 5-1 odds (h/t Daily Racing Form), Oxbow is a bet you should seriously consider.

 

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