Belmont Stakes 2013 Results: Full Recap of 145th Run for the Carnations

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJune 9, 2013

ELMONT, NY - JUNE 08:  Palace Malice #12 ridden by Mike Smith wins the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes followed by Oxbow #7 Ridden by Gary Stevens and and Orb #5 ridden by Joel Rosario at Belmont Park on June 8, 2013 in Elmont, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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In a thrilling finish to what's been a wildly unpredictable season of horse racing, Palace Malice won the 2013 Belmont Stakes ahead of Oxbow and Orb, who finished in second and third place, respectively, as reported by SportsCenter:

As you'd expect from the mile-and-a-half race at Belmont Park, there was an ebb and flow to the action. Frac Daddy, starting off on the rail at No. 1, set a fast pace early, with Freedom Child trailing not far behind. 

Preakness winner Oxbow made a strong push midway through the race, taking the lead at one point over Freedom Child while Palace Malice hung behind in fifth place.

By the time the horses entered the final turn, however, jockey Mike Smith unleashed his steed, and Palace Malice thundered out of the turn as if propelled by slingshot. 

In the end, Palace Malice won by a comfortable margin, according to Downey Profile:

Here's a look at the final standings, courtesy of the official NBC broadcast:

Place Post Horse Jockey Trainer
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 Johh 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


With this win, Palace Malice became the seventh horse to win at Belmont after running in the Kentucky Derby and then skipping the Preakness.

Fresh legs are needed to conquer the race known as "The Test of Champions." It's tough for horses who ran at Pimlico to turn around a few weeks later and perform at a high level for 12 furlongs.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Palace Malice's 12th-place finish at Churchill Downs wasn't a good sign he'd perform well at Belmont, however. It was the third-worst finish by a horse who then went on to win the Belmont Stakes:

The fact that Oxbow finished ahead of Orb for the second race in a row is no small matter. History will show Oxbow's win at the Preakness was "not a fluke," as noted by America's Best Racing:

On a different note, it's safe to say Revolutionary's fifth-place finish, combined with his third-place finish at the Derby, puts him in a category a step below the three winners of this year's Triple Crown races.

With this year's Triple Crown season officially a thing of the past, we'll all have to wait another year to see if there's a horse out there capable of pulling off the holy trinity of horse racing. 

For now, however, it's nice to sit back and appreciate Palace Malice's improbable and exciting win. 


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