All eyes are on Orb, Oxbow and Revolutionary to win the 2013 Belmont Stakes, but several sleepers could give them a run for their money—$1 million to be exact.
The Triple Crown isn’t at stake this year, but pride—and that cash prize—are race teams’ motivation. They will compete on Saturday, June 8 at 6:36 p.m. ET.
Here are the post positions, odds according to the Belmont’s official website and sleepers for the 145th running of the race.
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A weather-influenced track would benefit a number of underdogs on Saturday. Freedom Child is one of those underdogs.
Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds, talked about his horse’s increased odds if it were to rain.
“I really need to win the Belmont Stakes, so I couldn't want it to rain more any day than Saturday,” said Finley according to the USA Today’s Jennie Rees. “[Freedom Child is] showing all the good signs. He's got his ears up, is on the muscle. All things are working well...But yeah, everybody has been talking about this horse quite a bit all week.”
Freedom Child did not compete in the Derby or Preakness, but it won at Belmont Park in May 11’s Peter Pan by 13 1/4 lengths in less-than-ideal conditions.
Golden Soul is another horse who will thrive if the race track isn’t perfect due to weather. It sat out the Preakness after finishing second to Orb in the rain-plagued Derby.
Trainer Dallas Stewart addressed the disappointment of his horse falling just short as well as his team’s attempt to bounce back prior to Saturday's race.
“I really thought [Golden Soul] had a shot in the Derby,” said Stewart according to The Times Union’s Tim Wilkin. "We got beat in the Derby by a great horse, and we beat all the rest of them. Hopefully, we'll get a good trip here and we will be able to prove ourselves.”
Golden Soul and Freedom Child are sleepers, but given their odds, it wouldn’t be a shock if either won the Belmont. While they would be aided by poor weather, they’re also talented enough horses to win on a fast track.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.