Our thoroughbred racing expert Loren Hebel-Osborne is back to share her recap of the 2013 Belmont Stakes:
The three jewels of the Triple Crown have it’s own unique characteristics and qualities. This year’s series yielded three different winners – each horse having it’s own unique strengths highlighted for that specific race. While the crowning of a 12th champion remains elusive, it is important to recognize that both Orb and Oxbow displayed toughness and tenacity in all three legs. As many doubters may say the Triple Crown can’t be done, I remain optimistic that it is still possible! Having horses compete in all three legs successfully only supports my belief.
I salute Palace Malice for his victory in the Belmont Stakes and his training connections who realized that an equipment change was probably responsible for his “over-anxious” effort in the Derby. This was an important handicapping element that I shouldn’t have missed. The colt’s ability to stay the distance and prevail was due to his ability to relax.
Palace Malice did look more relaxed in the post parade too as compared to Derby but I just wasn’t “listening” with my eyes. While it may feel counter intuitive to want a horse to be more relaxed in competition versus “hyped-up,” the cadence of breath during the race is what is paramount. A relaxed cadence allows for maximum air/oxygen exchange into the lungs and muscles. The track composition is deep and often quite tiring depending on it’s condition. Belmont isn’t called “Big Sandy” for it’s view of the beach. Congratulations to all the horses that competed, the finishing standings are:
2013 Belmont Stakes
|Belmont Stakes Finish||Post||Kentucky Derby Finish||Horse||Jockey||Trainer|
|1||12||12||Palace Malice||Mike Smith||Todd Pletcher|
|2||7||6||Oxbow||Gary Stevents||D. Wayne Lukas|
|3||5||1||Orb||Joel Rosario||Shug McGaughey|
|4||6||n/a||Incognito||Irad Ortiz Jr.||Kiaran McLaughlin|
|5||9||3||Revolutionary||Javier Castellano||Todd Pletcher|
|6||13||n/a||Unlimited Budget||Rosie Napravnik||Todd Pletcher|
|7||3||11||Overanalyze||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher|
|8||11||18||Vyjack||Julien Leparoux||Rudy Rodriguez|
|9||14||2||Golden Soul||Robby Albarado||Dallas Stewar|
|10||10||8||Will Take Charge||Jon Court||D. Wayne Lukas|
|11||4||n/a||Giant Finish||Edgar Prado||Anthony Dutrow|
|12||8||n/a||Midnight Taboo||Garrett Gomez||Todd Pletcher|
|13||2||n/a||Freedom Child||Luis Saez||Tom Albertrani|
|14||1||16||Frac Daddy||Alan Garcia||Ken McPeek|
Loren's Belmont Superfecta (Prediction given 6/7/2013):
Will Take Charge
Your next chance to experience the thrill of thoroughbred horseracing will be at Santa Anita this fall where the 2013 Breeders' Cup World Championship will be taking place. Will you be there?
The prestigious 1 1/8-mile Stephen Foster will be run under the lights in prime time for the second straight year and will showcase many of the nation’s top horses: reigning Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Fort Larned; Take Charge Indy, the six-length winner of the Alysheba (GII) on Kentucky Oaks Day; Successful Dan, the 7-year-old brother of Horse of the Year Wise Dan who has won 8 of his 12 starts including the Ben Ali (GIII) at Keeneland in late April; defending champ Ron the Greek; Travers (GI) winner Golden Ticket; and 2011 Foster champ Pool Play.
In addition to an estimated $300,000 payday, the Foster winner is entitled to an automatic entry into the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita. The nominated winner of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Classic Division Challenge Race will have pre-entry and entry fees waived for the 1 ¼-mile Classic and receive a travel stipend of $10,000 if traveling from a location in North America.
Two-time Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (GI) winner Royal Delta will make her return to the races on the undercard to defend her title in the Grade II, $175,000 Fleur De Lis Handicap Presented by Etihad Airways for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles (Race 6 at 8:30 p.m.). This will mark only the fourth time – but first in the winter, spring or summer – that defending Breeders’ Cup Classic and Ladies Classic champs will compete on the same program. The last occurred Sept. 27, 2008 at Belmont Park when Curlin won the Jockey Club Gold Cup (GI) and Ginger Punch finished second in the Beldame (GI).