It’s time to preview the 2013 Belmont Stakes with a look at the likely entries into the race.
The 2013 Belmont Stakes will be run on Saturday, June 8th and the approximate post time is currently slated for 6:40 PM ET. The three-year-old horses in the Belmont Stakes field this year will run 1 ½ miles on the dirt track at Belmont Park, and there are quite a few intriguing names amongst the likely entries right now.
2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb is a possibility to run the in the Belmont Stakes this year, and 2013 Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow looks likely as well. There are a total of 13 horses among the 2013 Belmont Stakes likely entries list right now and 5 of them last ran in the Kentucky Derby before deciding to skip the Preakness Stakes in an effort to get ready for the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown.
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2013 Belmont Stakes Preview – Likely Entries:
Orb – Kentucky Derby winner also took the Florida Derby and Fountain of Youth before finishing 4th in the Preakness Stakes. Seems to enjoy sloppy tracks but the playing field evens out a bit when he is put on something that isn’t so wet.
Revolutionary – The Louisiana Derby winner finished an impressive 3rd in the Kentucky Derby before deciding to sit out the Preakness Stakes. Has finished 3rd to Orb in the Derby and also 3rd to Orb in a maiden race at Aqueduct in which fellow Belmont Stakes likely entry Freedom Child took 2nd.
Oxbow – Your 2013 Preakness Stakes winner had gone 4 races without winning before the breakthrough at Pimlico. Oxbow won the Lecomte in his first race of 2013 but then was no better than 2nd in 4 races against strong competition before the Preakness win. This is one of the most experienced horses likely to be amongst the 2013 Belmont Stakes field.
Palace Malice – The horse that Mike Smith killed the chances of with a terrible Kentucky Derby plan will be back at Belmont with the same jockey. Smith put up incredible fractions in the Kentucky Derby that Palace Malice had no hope of keeping up until the end before the horse faded badly to take 12th. This horse had previously finished no better than 2nd in 4 races before the Derby and is sired by 2007 Preakness Stakes winner Curlin.
Overanalyze – One of the Kentucky Derby favorites ended up finishing 11th on the sloppy track but had taken 1st in the Arkansas Derby, Remsen, and Belmont Futurity in previous races. Overanalyze has won twice at 1 1/8 miles but is sired by more of a sprinter so he may not like the longer Belmont Stakes distance.
Unlimited Budget – Todd Pletcher seems set on entering his filly into the 2013 Belmont Stakes after she finished 3rd in the Kentucky Oaks last timeout. Unlimited Budget had won 4 races at 1 mile or longer before the Kentucky Oaks disappointment and is sired by Street Sense who handled longer distances just fine while winning the Kentucky Derby before finishing 2nd in the Preakness Stakes.
Will Take Charge – This was one of the popular wise guy horses heading into the Kentucky Derby before he finished 8th. The track conditions were listed as the reason but then Will Take Charge was again disappointing while finishing 7th in the Preakness Stakes. This horse beat Oxbow in the Rebel Stakes but has now finished 6th or horse in 3 of his other 4 recent attempts.
Golden Soul – This long shot was a surprising 2nd in the Kentucky Derby and brought exotic price payouts extremely high because of it. Golden Soul obviously likes the slop and skipped the Preakness Stakes to prepare for this race, but there are question marks after he finished 4th in the Louisiana Derby, 6th in the Risen Star, and 2nd in the Lecomte in some recent races against fairly average Triple Crown competition before the Derby. Golden Soul was sired by a turf horse who never finished better than 5th at longer than 1 mile.
Power Broker – This horse had a bit of a following at the end of 2012 after winning the FrontRunner and coming up 5th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile but then finished 5th in the Santa Anita Derby following a long layoff. Power Broker’s connections decided to warm him up with an easy allowance win at Churchill Downs and now trainer Bob Baffert thinks this Pulpit-sired three-year-old is ready for the Belmont Stakes.
Micromanager – This horse was unimpressive running the Remsen and Champagne Stakes last year and only has a 1 mile and 70 yard allowance win on his resume’ for 2013. Micromanager’s sire Medaglia d’Oro was an incredible horse that finished 2nd in the Belmont Stakes and 2nd twice in the Breeders’ Cup Classic so at least Micromanager should handle this distance.
Code West – This horse has never won in 7 career starts but has finished 2nd in 4 of his last 5 and only outside of 3rd once which came in the Louisiana Derby. Code West was 2nd in an allowance race at Churchill Downs last time out but Baffert believes the son of 1999 Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid is ready to take a big step forward.
Freedom Child – This horse stuck with Orb in a maiden race but then was 10th in a talented Wood Memorial Field. While the other Triple Crown horses were looking at the Kentucky Derby, this horse was busy winning the Peter Pan Stakes on this same Belmont Park track.
Midnight Taboo – This guy broke his maiden at Aqueduct and then finished 2nd in a 1 1/16 mile allowance race at Belmont Park. He’s lightly raced and sired by a sprinter but Pletcher generally doesn’t make mistakes when it comes to placing his horses in the correct races.
Giant Finish – This Kentucky Derby long shot finished 10th at Churchill Downs last time out and has never won above maiden-breaking or allowance levels. Giant Finish was 2nd in the John Battaglia Memorial and 3rd in the Spiral Stakes with both races coming on a synthetic surface at Turfway Park before the Derby.