Belmont Stakes 2013: Biggest Winners of Triple Crown Season

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 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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After one of the most exciting Belmont Stakes in years, the 2013 edition of the third leg of the Triple Crown season produced several serious winners from the race and its surrounding festivities.

All of the following horses, trainers, owners and jockeys performed well at the Belmont Stakes and throughout the Triple Crown season.


Orb and Claude McGaughey

Before Orb won the Kentucky Derby, trainer Claude McGaughey had never won the biggest race of the horse-racing season. Now that the horse-racing veteran has captured the most coveted prize, he will be regarded in a whole different class.

After so many years in the sport, it was about time McGaughey got his marquee win.

Orb went on to finish fourth in the Preakness Stakes before running in third at the Belmont Stakes, and the horse and trainer cemented their spot in history as one of the most consistent teams to race in all three legs of the Triple Crown.

The excellent run at the Belmont Stakes was just the icing on the horse-racing cake.


Oxbow, Gary Stevens and D. Wayne Lukas

The most surprising team of this Triple Crown season was the trio of colt Oxbow, Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens and legendary trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

While Oxbow had all the tools to be a Triple Crown star, he was never considered a serious threat.

After a sixth-place finish at the Kentucky Derby, a monumental win for the team at the Preakness Stakes and a second-place run on the 1.5-mile course at Belmont Park, it is clear that Oxbow is one of the biggest winners from this series of races.

Oxbow proved that he is a great horse and deserving of the honor of taking home a victory on one of the legs of the Triple Crown.


Rosie Napravnik

While Rosie Napravnik is one of the best young jockeys in the sport—just 25 years old—it wasn’t until she took on all three races of the Triple Crown this year that she became a household name in the sport for the casual fans.

After setting the record for the best finish in the Kentucky Derby by a woman with a fifth-place run on Mylute, Napravnik started in her first Preakness Stakes and finished third while still riding Mylute.

Napravnik ran filly Unlimited Budget to a sixth-place finish at the Belmont Stakes and earned her place as the first woman in history to ever race in all three Triple Crown events.

With so much history on her side, Napravnik was a huge winner this year.