2013 Belmont Stakes – Current Field and Odds
Next Saturday, June 8 will be the running of the 145th Belmont Stakes from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The following is a look at the current field and the odds for each of the horses scheduled to run in this final leg of this year’s Triple Crown horse racing season for three-year old thoroughbreds.
Orb 3/1, Revolutionary 5/1, Oxbow 6/1 and Freedom Child 8/1
The final field and post positions for this year’s Belmont will be set later next week, but using Mike Watchmaker’s current betting odds for this race, it is obvious that this year’s Kentucky Derby winner Orb is the clear favorite. If he bounces back after a disappointing run in the Preakness Stakes with a win next Saturday, this Shug McGaughey trained colt would be the first horse to win the first and last legs of the Triple Crown since 1995 when Thunder Gulch last accomplished this feat.
Oxbow comes in as the Preakness champion and Revolutionary finished third in the Kentucky Derby. Both of these horses present the biggest challenge to Orb in this race, but if you had to pick between the two stick with Revolutionary. Trained by Todd Pletcher, this colt knows how to race in a crowd and has the endurance and closing speed to handle the extra distance of this race. Freedom Child will be making his Triple Crown debut after winning the Grade II Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont on May 11.
Golden Soul 10/1, Unlimited Budget 10/1, Code West, Overanalyze, Palace Malice and Vyjack 15/1
Golden Soul could be the best bet out of this group of thoroughbreds after a very strong showing at Churchill Downs with a second-place finish in last month’s Kentucky Derby. Trainer Dallas Stewart decided to hold him out of the Preakness in order to specifically train for the grueling 1 ½ mile distance of the Belmont. This colt’s main strength is the ability to rally from the back which was obviously the case in his impressive Derby run.
Overanalyze (11th place), Palace Malice (12th place) and Vyjack (18th place) all ran in the Kentucky Derby but sat out the Preakness. Unlimited Budget is also trained by Todd Pletcher and Code West is trained by Bob Baffert. Both are also running in their first Triple Crown event and remain two horses to watch given the past success of both of these top trainers in Triple Crown races.
Will Take Charge 20/1, Giant Finish 30/1, Midnight Taboo 30/1 and Always in a Tiz 50/1 for our sports picks.
Other than Orb, Will Take Charge is the only other horse in the field that ran in both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. With jockey Jon Court on board, this three-year old finished eighth at Churchill Downs and seventh at Pimlico. Trained by D Wayne Lucas, Will Take Charge did win the Smarty Jones Stakes and the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn earlier in the year.
Giant Finish is another possibility if you are looking for a horse with longer odds. He went off at 50/1 for the Kentucky Derby and made his way to the middle of the pack with a 10th-place finish. Both Midnight Taboo and Always in a Tiz will also be making their debut in a Triple Crown race.