At 6:20 p.m. ET on Saturday, the 145th Belmont Stakes will commence.
Those who aren't fortunate enough to have a ticket to see the race in person at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. will have to catch it on television or via live stream.
Here is the pertinent information needed to witness the final Triple Crown race of the year.
When: Saturday, June 8
Where: Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
Post Time: 6:20 p.m. ET
Distance: 12 furlongs (1.5 miles)
Purse: $1 million
Live Stream: NBC Sports
TV Schedule (All times ET)
Pre-race coverage: 3-5 p.m. on NBC Sports Network
Belmont Stakes: 5-7 p.m. on NBC
Post-race coverage: 7-7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network
Now that you know the when and where in regards to Belmont Stakes coverage, here is a list of the horses involved, including post positions, jockeys, trainers and latest odds.
Complete Odds and Post Positions for 2013 Belmont Stakes
|1||Frac Daddy||Alan Garcia ||Ken McPeek ||33-1|
|2||Freedom Child ||Luis Saez ||Tom Albertrani||9-1|
|3||Overanalyze||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||10-1|
|4||Giant Finish||Edgar Prado||Anthony Dutrow||40-1|
|5||Orb||Joel Rosario||Shug McGaughey||5-2|
|6||Incognito||Irad Ortiz Jr.||Kiaran McLaughlin||20-1|
|7||Oxbow||Gary Stevens||D. Wayne Lukas||15-2|
|8||Midnight Taboo||Garrett Gomez||Todd Pletcher||33-1|
|9||Revolutionary||Javier Castellano||Todd Pletcher||11-2|
|10||Will Take Charge||Jon Court||D. Wayne Lukas||20-1|
|11||Vyjack||Julien Leparoux||Rudy Rodriguez||25-1|
|12||Palace Malice||Mike Smith||Todd Pletcher||12-1|
|13||Unlimited Budget||Rosie Napravnik||Todd Pletcher||10-1|
|14||Golden Soul||Robby Albarado||Dallas Stewart||10-1|
Let's take a look at a few favorites and long shots who could wind up making a splash.
The Kentucky Derby winner is widely viewed as the best horse in the field. He has a nice blend of power and speed that makes him effective on any type of track.
That said, he did produce a rather disappointing fourth-place finish at the Preakness after he was stymied by the congestion in the middle of the field.
Because he starts in the fifth post position at the Belmont, it is possible he could have similar difficulties. However, with the Belmont spanning 1.5 miles, Orb should have time to find a lane.
We will see if he can run the race most believe he is capable of.
Being closer to the inside is a bad deal for Revolutionary, but if the track turns a little messy, he could be a factor. In less than ideal conditions at the Kentucky Derby, he managed a third-place finish.
Another similar track situation may be his best hope.
The Preakness winner surprised most with his performance at Pimlico, but all eyes will be on him in Elmont, N.Y. He used an excellent start to grab an early lead at the Preakness while legendary jockey Gary Stevens smartly took it easy.
He won't be able to let the horse do all the work in this race.
Fast starts won't win the race. Oxbow will need Stevens to guide him to the right positions and to push his buttons at the right time.
Frac Daddy—33-1 odds
Ken McPeek's horse finished just 16th at the Kentucky Derby, which dulled any spark the horse had coming into this race. He didn't run at the Preakness Stakes to rebuild any momentum.
There is no wonder odds makers still have a bad taste in their mouth about the horse.
That said, he is starting in the first position, which has produced 23 winners at the Belmont Stakes in the past, per Belmont-Stakes.info. Frac Daddy also had foot problems and throat ulcers that could have hindered his performance at the Derby.
There is at least some hope that he could have a good showing on Saturday.
Will Take Charge—20-1 odds
This horses' natural running style (long galloper) is made for long-distance races like the Belmont Stakes. He could be right at home on this track.
That said, he showed at the Preakness he can be easily thrown off course. Verrazano's strafe in front of Will Take Charge caused the latter to fall back to a seventh-place finish at Pimlico.
It is hard to predict if another such occurrence would have the same affect on him.
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