Belmont Stakes 2013

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1. Frac Daddy
Odds: 30-1
Record, earnings: 7 races (1-wins, 3-place, 0-show); $288,116
Sire:Scat Daddy
Dam: Skipper’s Mate
Jockey: Alan Garcia
Trainer: Kenny McPeek
Owner: Magic City Thoroughbred Partners
Breeder: Nancy M. Leonard Living Trust
Comment: Beat only three horses in Derby. Nonetheless, gets a ticket to New York. Trainer says he’ll have the early lead, which would make him a pace factor to top of stretch, at best.
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2. Freedom Child
Odds: 8-1
Record, earnings: 6 races (2-wins, 1-place, 1-show); $167,072
Sire:Malibu Moon
Dam: Bandstand
Jockey: Luis Saez
Trainer: Thomas Albertrani
Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds, St. Elias Stable and Spendthrift Farm LLC
Breeder: Spendthrift Farm LLC
Comment: Won Peter Pan on the front end over obscure opposition. Unlikely to experience freedom on lead. Doubtful.
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3. Overanalyze
Odds: 12-1
Record, earnings: 8 races (4-wins, 0-place, 1-show); $956,381
Sire:Dixie Union
Dam: Unacloud
Jockey: John Velazquez
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Repole Stable
Breeder: Diamond A Racing Corp.
Comment: First of five for Pletcher, who is one for 11 in past Belmonts. Not sure Arkansas Derby winner has a 12-furlong pedigree. Analysis: not impossible, but improbable.
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4. Giant Finish
Odds: 30-1
Record, earnings: 5 races (2-wins, 1-place, 1-show); $133,050
Sire:Frost Giant
Dam: Apocalyptic
Jockey: Edgar Prado
Trainer: Tony Dutrow
Owner: Sunrise Stables (Andy Cohen), Gary Tolchin, Aubrey Flanagan & Bob Smith
Breeder: Andy Cohen
Comment: Astonishing that 10th-place finisher in Derby returns. Ending likely to be an encore in every sense of the word.
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5. Orb
Odds: 3-1
Record, earnings: 9 races (5-wins, 0-place, 1-show); $2,395,850
Sire:Malibu Moon
Dam: Lady Liberty
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Trainer: Shug McGaughey
Owner: Stuart Janney III & Phipps Stable (Ogden Mills “Dinny” Phipps)
Breeder: Stuart Janney III LLC & Phipps Stable
Comment: Derby winner ambushed at Pimlico by slow pace, pilot error. A well-judged ride would make him formidable.
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6. Incognito
Odds: 20-1
Record, earnings: 6 races (2-wins, 1-place, 1-show); $106,710
Sire:A.P. Indy
Dam: Octave
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Owner: Darley Stable
Breeder: Darley
Comment: This gray colt was broken and trained in Aiken by Darley’s Tim Jones. Sire won ’92 Belmont; dam won ’07 Coaching Club American Oaks over track at today’s distance. Bred in the purple, but living up to his name so far by keeping whatever talent he’s inherited well-hidden.
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7. Oxbow
Odds: 5-1
Record, earnings: 11 races (3-wins, 1-place, 1-show); $983,500
Sire:Awesome Again
Dam: Tizamazing
Jockey: Gary Stevens
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Owner: Calumet Farm
Breeder: Colts Neck Stables LLC
Comment: Lukas-trainee stole slowest-run Preakness in more than 50 years by leading from pillar to post. Noteworthy that colt has never won when he didn’t lead all the way.
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8. Midnight Taboo
Odds: 30-1
Record, earnings: 3 races (1-wins, 2-place, 0-show); $76,400
Dam: Hot Red
Jockey: Garrett Gomez
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Repole Stable
Breeder: Upson Downs Farm & EICO Stable
Comment: Hard to believe it’s Pletcher’s decision to run this one in Belmont. More likely owner Repole calling the shot. Lightly-raced colt making stakes debut. Would be a stunner.
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9. Revolutionary
Odds: 9-2
Record, earnings: 7 races (3-wins, 1-place, 3-show); $988,500
Sire:War Pass
Dam: Runup the Colors
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: WinStar Farm LLC
Breeder: W.S. Farish
Comment: Solid third-place finish in Derby for consistent colt never out of the money in seven career starts. Skipped Preakness and should be ready for top effort. Dangerous to disregard.
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10. Will Take Charge
Odds: 20-1
Record, earnings: 9 races (3-wins, 1-place, 0-show); $545,371
Sire:Unbridled’s Song
Dam: Take Charge Lady
Jockey: Jon Court
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Owner: Willis D. Horton
Breeder: Eaton
Comment: Other Lukas colt showed little in Preakness after giving better effort than the chart revealed in Derby. Lukas has never been shy around the entry box and proves it again here. Worth a flyer for those searching for value.
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11. Vyjack
Odds: 20-1
Record, earnings: 6 races (4-wins, 0-place, 1-show); $542,200
Sire:Into Mischief
Dam: Life Happened
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Trainer: Rudy Rodriguez
Owner: Pick Six Racing (David Wilkenfeld)
Breeder: Machmer Hall
Comment: Gelding beat only one in Kentucky in effort that was too bad to be true based on prior form. “Throw out the last race” players won’t be able to resist taking a shot. Risky to toss completely.
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12. Palace Malice
Odds: 15-1
Record, earnings: 7 races (1-wins, 3-place, 1-show); $271,135
Dam: Palace Rumor
Jockey: Mike Smith
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Dogwood Stable (Cot Campbell)
Breeder: W.S. Farish
Comment: Local hope left gate like a scalded dog, setting suicidal pace in Derby. Outside post isn’t best, but if he can relax early and get a stalking trip free of traffic snarls, he has a big chance.
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13. Unlimited Budget
Odds: 8-1
Record, earnings: 5 races (4-wins, 0-place, 1-show); $705,200
Sire:Street Sense
Dam: Unlimited Pleasure
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Repole Stable
Breeder: Ocala Stud
Comment: Pletcher trying only angle that has worked for him so far in Belmont – start a filly. She had every chance to win Kentucky Oaks, but lacked a closing kick and wound up third. Filly plus female jockey equals underlay on odds board.
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14. Golden Soul
Odds: 10-1
Record, earnings: 6 races (1-win, 3-place, 0-show); $517,400
Sire:Perfect Soul
Dam: Hollywood Gold
Jockey: Robby Albarado
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Owner: Charles E. Fipke
Breeder: Charles E. Fipke
Comment: Only a pastor or a priest could have been enthusiastic about his chances in the Derby, but colt fooled almost everyone by finishing second. Effort might have drained him, but can’t discount completely at attractive price.


Kentucky Derby winner Orb is the favorite in today’s race but should get strong competition from Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow. The last Derby-Belmont winner was Thunder Gulch in 1995, and the last Preakness-Belmont winner was Afleet Alex in 2005. The last rematch of the Derby and Preakness winners was in 2011, when Preakness winner Shackleford ran fifth and Derby winner Animal Kingdom sixth behind Ruler On Ice. Television coverage begins at 5 p.m. (NBC), and post time is 6:36.

Sources: New York Racing Association, Daily Racing Form

Comments by Bill Marshall/Correspondent


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