Not only is the Belmont Stakes one of the most prestigious horse races in the world, but with a $1 million purse, it also provides one of the richest payouts on the calendar.
Palace Malice won the race by three-and-a-half lengths over the entire field, earning his owners a nice chunk of change ($600,000).
Preakness winner Oxbow finished in second place (200,000), while Kentucky Derby winner Orb finished five lengths behind in third place ($110,000).
Not every horse that runs in the Belmont brings in a pile of cash for its owner, however. All in all, just five horses earned money.
Here's a full breakdown of the earnings from Belmont park via TheTripleCrown.com.
|1||12||Palace Malice||Mike Smith||Todd Pletcher||$600,000|
|2||7||Oxbow||Gary Stevens||D. Wayne Lukas||$200,000|
|3||5||Orb||Joel Rosario||Shug McGaughey||$110,000|
|4||6||Incognito||Irad Ortiz Jr.||Kiaran McLaughlin||$60,000|
|5||9||Revolutionary||Javier Castellano||Todd Pletcher||$30,000|
|6||13||Unlimited Budget||Rosie Napravnik||Todd Pletcher|
|7||3||Overanalyze||Johh Velazquez||Todd Pletcher|
|8||11||Vyjack||Julien Leparoux||Rudy Rodriguez|
|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|
*Results provided by NBC's telecast of 2013 Belmont Stakes
While the owners of the five horses are happy to have earned money from this race, they weren't the only ones who had a stake in the race. Bettors around the world poured money into the big event, but only some walked away happy.
As Orb was a heavy favorite before the race, he didn't earn hardly as much money for bettors as did long shots Oxbow and Palace Malice.
Here's the full payouts for the top three finishers, courtesy of the official NBC broadcast:
Palace Malice was a long shot heading into the race after finishing in 12th place at the Derby. According to ESPN Stats & Info, it was the third-worst finish by a future Belmont winner in the history of the race:
Palace Malice: wins Belmont Stakes after 12th-place finish in Kentucky Derby. That is the 3rd-worst Derby Finish by a Belmont Stakes winner— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 8, 2013
Oxbow was an 11-1 long shot at the start of the race, despite the fact that he had won the Preakness just weeks before. After finishing in sixth place on a longer track at Churchill Downs, the thinking was that Revolutionary and some of the bigger horses would have a better shot on the mile-and-a-half track at Belmont.
Revolutionary finished in fifth place, to the disappointment of all who put money on the horse to win, place or show.
The biggest story of the day, however, is certainly Palace Malice's brilliant run. The big win was also another feather in the cap of jockey Mike Smith, who earned his second Belmont Stakes victory with this race.
At the end of this Triple Crown season, we saw three horses win different races with different styles on different tracks. We'll all just have to wait at least one more year to see if another horse can claim the ever-elusive Triple Crown.
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