Palace Malice didn't need blinkers on Saturday. Short of the peripheral restrictions, Todd Pletcher's colt put together a strong race to claim the 145th Belmont Stakes.
With five horses in the running for Pletcher, he had to like his odds of coming out victorious. Overanalyze, Midnight Taboo, Unlimited Budget and Revolutionary all belonged to Pletcher, but Palace Malice was the one who brought home the win.
This was Pletcher's second Belmont Stakes winner.
Here are the complete results, per NBC's telecast and a video of the race from New York Racing Association on YouTube:
|1||12||Palace Malice||Mike Smith||Todd Pletcher|
|2||7||Oxbow||Gary Stevens||D. Wayne Lukas|
|3||5||Orb||Joel Rosario||Shug McGaughey|
|4||6||Incognito||Irad Ortiz Jr.||Kiaran McLaughlin|
|5||9||Revolutionary||Javier Castellano||Todd Pletcher|
|6||13||Unlimited Budget||Rosie Napravnik||Todd Pletcher|
|7||3||Overanalyze||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher|
|8||11||Vyjack||Julien Leparoux||Rudy Rogriguez|
|9||14||Golden Soul||Robby Albarado||Dallas Stewart|
|10||10||Will Take Charge||Jon Court||D. Wayne Lukas|
|11||4||Giant Finish||Edgar Prado||Anthony Dutrow|
|12||8||Midnight Taboo||Garrett Gomez||Todd Pletcher|
|13||2||Freedom Child||Luis Saez||Tom Albertrani|
|14||1||Frac Daddy||Alan Garcia||Ken McPeek|
After Palace Malice raced with blinkers in the Kentucky Derby, the decision was made to shed them for this race. It really paid off, as it seemed Palace Malice ran without hindrance.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith won his second Belmont Stakes by outdueling another legend in Gary Stevens. Stevens and Oxbow put up a good fight, but in the end, Smith and Palace Malice were too much.
How talented is Palace Malice? He can win a Triple Crown race and tweet about his victory moments later.
When Did Palace Malice Take Control?
At the one-mile mark, Palace Malice moved from fourth to third just behind Freedom Child and Preakness Stakes winner, Oxbow.
Freedom Child faded, but Oxbow was more stubborn. At one point, it looked as if the finish could be very close, but Smith and Palace Malice created the requisite distance in the final stretch.
Both horses may have been tired, but the winner seemed to have a little more energy.
Kentucky Derby winner Orb was favored for the third straight race, but again he fell short. Jockey Joel Rosario tried to make a late push, but he couldn't guide Shug McGaughey's horse to his second Triple Crown win.
With the three jewels in the books, a first, fourth and third-place finish are disappointing for such a talented horse.
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