Belmont Stakes Odds 2013 – Triple Crown Winners meet again in Belmont


Two weeks after scoring a sharp 2½-length victory in the 2013 Kentucky Derby, Orb looked like a worthy successor to Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed, and a top candidate to win the first Triple Crown since 1978. But in a matter of seconds, the expectation and excitement that surrounded the horse in the days previous to the race faded as the 1-1 favorite struggled to enter the finish line in fourth-place, leaving the Triple Crown unclaimed for another year.

Triple Crown

The field for final jewel of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, is set.

Instead, Oxbow, who entered the race in sixth place with 15-1 odds, played the role of spoiler, dashing the Triple Crown hopes of Orb and completing the mile and three-sixteenths in 1 minute 57.54 second.  Kentucky Derby participants Itsmyluckday (15th at the 2013 Kentucky Derby) and Mylute (5th at the Derby) finished in second and third places respectively.

For Hall of Fame trainer, D. Wayne Lukas, Oxbow’s win represents his sixth victory at the Preakness Stakes. Oxbow, a son of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Awesome Again, is Lukas’ first Preakness winner since Charismatic in 1999. His other Preakness winners were Timber Country (1995), Tabasco Cat (1994), Tank’s Prospect (1985), and Codex (1980).

Hours after Oxbow’s win, Orb and Oxbow’s trainers said their classic-winning colts will likely run the Belmont Stakes.  Trainer Shug McGaughey says he’d like to run Orb in the Belmont as long as the colt is doing well.

“We just all came to the conclusion that we should just watch Orb and see. I think everything is in good shape. We’d like to run” said McGaughey.

Meanwhile, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who won his first Triple Crown race since 2000, said he’d love to face this new challenge.

“You know me. I like to rack them up in the big events. So, I’ll probably go.” commented Lukas after Oxbow’s surprising victory.

If everything goes as expected and both competitors show up for the 1½ -mile Belmont, then the winners of the Derby and Preakness will meet in third and final leg of the Triple Crown for the fourth time since 2001. The last time that happened was back in 2011 with Animal Kingdom and Shackleford, both of whom were beaten by Ruler On Ice.

Itsmyluckyday, second in the Preakness, is under consideration for the Belmont Stakes but is more likely to skip the event and focus on races like the Haskell at Monmouth Park, where trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. has a string of horses in the summer.

Mylute, third place in the Preakness, is also under review for the Belmont.  The Belmont Stakes is also expected to include Golden Soul and Revolutionary, who finished second and third in the Derby.  The list of contenders for the 2013 Belmont could also include Freedom Child and the Bob Baffert-trained duo of Code Westand Power Broker.

The 2013 Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown, is set for June 8 in Belmont Park, New York.

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Belmont Stakes Odds
Purse: $1 million; 1 1/2 miles; Grade 1
Post, Horse, Jockey, Track O
1 Frac Daddy Alan Garcia 30-1
2 Freedom Child Luis Saez 8-1
3 Overanalyze John Velazquez 12-1
4 Giant Finish Edgar Prado 30-1
5 Orb Joel Rosario 3-1
6 Incognito Irad Ortiz Jr 20-1
7 Oxbow Gary Stevens 5-1
8 Midnight Taboo Garrett Gomez 30-1
9 Revolutionary Javier Castellano 9-2
10 Will Take Charge Jon Court 20-1
11 Vyjack Julien Leparoux 20-1
12 Palace Malice Mike Smith 15-1
13 Unlimited Budget Rosie Napravnik 8-1
14 Golden Soul Robby Albarado 10-1
Television: NBC, 5-7 p.m. Eastern




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