The 2013 Belmont Stakes Recap

Posted by Niala Samnarine on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Our thoroughbred racing expert Loren Hebel-Osborne is back to share her recap of the 2013 Belmont Stakes:

2013 Belmont StakesThe 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):


Unlimited Budget

Freedom Child

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? 


Attend the 2014 Breeder's Cup

Updated 6/12/2013:

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.

Breeders Cup

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).

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