Belmont Stakes 2013 Payouts: Analyzing Money for Palace Malice, Oxbow and Orb

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJune 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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Palace Malice put significant distance between himself and the two reigning Triple Crown race winners to stride to an impressive victory at Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

The 145th Run for the Carnations produced the year's third different champion in Triple Crown races. Preakness victor Oxbow wound up in second, and Kentucky Derby trophy-bearer Orb finished third to complete the trio that finished in the money.

Below is a look at the payout for each horse, a video replay of the race in Elmont, New York's Belmont Park and further analysis on each of the top finishers to cap off the 2013 Triple Crown schedule.


List of Payouts

Horse Win Place Show
Palace Malice
$29.60 $11.20 $6.70
$9.90 $6.10


$2 Exacta: (12-7) paid $323.50; $2 Trifecta: (12-7-5) paid $931.00; $2 Superfecta: (12-7-5-6) paid $20,602.00.


Complete Results for 145th Belmont Stakes 

Finish 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


Win: Palace Malice

When Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith approached the gate, his horse was listed as a relative long shot at 15-1. It was certainly not trainer Todd Pletcher's perceived top contender, but Smith's mount proved to be a winning one.

The ambitious early pace Palace Malice set at the Kentucky Derby doomed him to a 12th-place finish at Churchill Downs.

Frac Daddy cruised early, but Smith didn't push Palace Malice too hard this time; however, he still kept him within striking distance. When the other horses inevitably slowed during the second half, Palace Malice slowly inched forward before exploding down the final furlongs.

It would not have been advisable to wager on Palace Malice, but he did pay a handsome $29.60 for a win. Those who were bold enough to go in on an across-the-board bet on the speedy horse were certainly rewarded handsomely.

The $2 trifecta paid $931, while the $2 superfecta netted bettors over $20,000. Other than Palace Malice, things shook out according to the oddsmakers' projections.


Place: Oxbow

Experience can never be negated, and jockey Gary Stevens' status as a previous three-time winner in the Belmont Stakes paid huge dividends for Oxbow to show on Saturday.

Oxbow isn't the biggest horse and is more of a sprinter, but Stevens did a magnificent job aboard him in Belmont Park. What is most impressive is that Oxbow remained near the front of the pack throughout, but didn't have quite enough to push Palace Malice at the end.

It could be argued that Stevens may have broken him a bit too soon, though he didn't have much of a choice on the physically demanding, 1.5-mile journey.'s Claire Novak was extremely impressed with Oxbow's run, where he showcased unexpected stamina in further justifying Stevens' return to the saddle after a seven-year hiatus in retirement:

The morning line listed Oxbow with 5-1 odds, which were third in the 14-horse field. Still, his style didn't seem like a great fit for Belmont Park. Those who took the flier and trusted the oddsmakers anyway, though, made good on their respective decisions.


Show: Orb

Betting on Orb wasn't the most lucrative route to go. For the third consecutive Triple Crown race, he was the morning-line favorite and the horse to beat out of the starting gates.

With odds of 2-1, the payout for his third-place effort was not exactly booming. Orb's combination of size and speed intrigued oddsmakers enough to label him the No. 1 contender despite a disappointing fourth-place effort at the Preakness.

Jockey Joel Rosario lagged at the back of the pack in the early going, making the true push for Orb's bid for a second Triple Crown win a bit too late.

Shug McGaughey wasn't too disappointed in the run, but the trainer did hint at how much ground Orb had to make up—and ultimately could not—toward the end, per America's Best Racing on Twitter:

The $3.90 payout for Show wasn't big, but those who had Orb in bets involving multiple horses had a relatively surefire commodity that was necessary to win the riskier propositions.


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