Oddsmakers pegged Palace Malice with just 15-1 odds to win the third leg of the Triple Crown, according to the Belmont Stakes’ official website. Seven horses—Orb, Oxbow, Revolutionary, Freedom Child, Unlimited Budget, Golden Soul and Overanalyze—were supposed to finish in front of Saturday’s triumphant competitor.
Here are the final results and payouts, according to Equibase, along with a replay and analysis of Palace Malice’s victory.
List of Payouts
|Palace Malice ||$29.60||$11.20||$6.70|
|Orb||— ||— ||$3.90|
$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
|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|
Palace Malice’s win marked the second-greatest upset at the Belmont in the past five years. Ruler on Ice won with 20-1 odds in 2011.
Oddsmakers dealt the 2013 Belmont champion such low odds due to the fact that he only won one race in his previous seven starts, according to Equibase. That lone win also occurred all the way back in August of 2012.
While he placed in the top three in five of those prior races, his disappointing 12th-place finish at Churchill Downs in May dimmed any optimism created from his past results.
Palace Malice exploded out of the Derby starting gates. He led by a wide margin for much of the competition, but with about a half mile remaining in the 1.25-mile race, he ran out of gas and 11 horses blew by him. His top-end speed impressed, but he didn’t show the stamina needed to win the 1.5-mile Belmont.
Palace Malice’s inexperience in the winner’s circle and low Belmont expectations actually fit the pattern of several first-place finishers of the race.
In the past 13 Belmont Stakes, four horses notched just the second victory of their professional careers in the final leg of the Triple Crown, according to Bill Marshall of The Augusta Chronicle. Six horses in the same time frame also claimed their first stakes win.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.