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An Early Look At The Belmont Stakes

Posted by Marco Sussman on 5/22/2013 7:31:55 PM

Since sports betting players don’t have to worry about the Triple Crown anymore with Oxbow’s win in the Preakness Stakes, the pressure is off for the Belmont Stakes, which takes place on June 8th in New York. Now, the focus will be on a potential battle between the winners of the first two Triple Crown races, that is, if the Kentucky Derby winner is brought out for this event.

What: Horse Betting
When: Saturday, June 8th, post time TBA
Where: Belmont Park, Elmont, NY


Code West has made seven starts, but only two have come in graded-stakes races, although he didn put up a second-place result in the Grade-2 Risen Star back in February. He is coming off a second-place run in an allowance race at Churchill Downs earlier this month.

Freedom Child took the Grade-2 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Mark earlier this month, so that could bode well for his chances. However, that race was at 1 1/8 miles, and the Belmont is 1 ¼ miles, which is the longest of the Triple Crown races and the reason why it’s called the “Test of Champions”.

Golden Soul sat out the Preakness after finishing second to Orb in the Kentucky Derby and this could be his first start outside of either Churchill Downs or the Fair Grounds, where he has run each of his six races.

Overanalyze is one of five potential entrants from 2007 Belmont winner Todd Pletcher, but he also had five in the Kentucky Derby and that didn’t work out for him. Overanalyzed stumbled to 11th in the Derby and he’ll need a much better showing over a much longer distance.

On the other hand, Oxbow was being groomed for success and after a sixth in the Derby, he won the Preakness and like last time, he’ll be trained by four-time Belmont winner D. Wayne Lukas with four-time winning jockey Gary Stevens in the saddle. It’ll be the feelgood story of the horse betting season if he can do it again at Belmont Park.

Palace Malice hasn’t run since a 12th-place finish at the Kentucky Derby, and there were high hopes for this horse after finishing second in the Grade-1 Blue Grass leading up to Churchill Downs. A break may have been needed to recharge his batteries, and you should be able to get a decent horse betting price on Palace Malice when the odds come out for the Belmont.

Revolutionary hasn’t finished lower than third in seven starts, although four attempts were needed to break his maiden. He did finish third at the Kentucky Derby, and Revolutionary also finished second in a maiden race at Belmont Park last October, so he could have a shot at the big race in just over two weeks time.


Incognito finished fifth in the Peter Pan Stakes, and this was his first start in a graded-stakes event, so some are expecting a better showing if he is entered into the Belmont. However, how would he fare over 1 ¼ miles? That is a question that needs to be asked (not just about Incognito, but the entire field). 

Micromanage will be a horse betting longshot even though he won an allowance race, because that followed a 10th-place run in the Grade-2 Remsen. Don’t expect a lot if Micromanage even makes it to Belmont Park.

Midnight Taboo may join his Pletcher-trained stablemate on the sidelines as this would be his graded-stakes debut and that is a lot of pressure for a colt, especially in the longest Triple Crown race of the season.

Mylute is looking to cap a successful Triple Crown season after following a fifth at the Derby with a third in the Preakness, and this is a horse that could pull out a shocker if he can maintain speed over the distance.

Orb should be given a chance to enter the Belmont after finishing fourth in the Preakness, and his speed down the stretch should make him the favorite at Belmont Park if he is entered in the race.

Power Broker finished fifth in the Grade-1 Santa Anita Derby, but he hasn’t run any of the Triple Crown races yet and he may be saved for later in the year. Still, keep an eye out for this colt, trained by 2001 Belmont winner Bob Baffert.

Filly Unlimited Budget could be taking on the boys at the Belmont and she has four wins in five starts after finishing third in the Grade-1 Kentucky Oaks. Only three fillies have ever won the “Run for the Carnations”, will she be the fourth?

Will Take Charge came in seventh in the Preakness, which is one spot better than his finish in the Derby, and if he is entered, he probably won’t earn a lot of consideration from online betting sharps.



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