Belmont Stakes Predictions
The 2013 Belmont States takes place soon so now is the perfect time to look into the odds and post positions and make our predictions on the winner of this exciting horse race. This is the third leg of the Triple Crown and only the best of the best compete in this high stakes race. Names like Union Rags, Summer Bird, Rags to Riches and many others have made their way to the winners circle. The race is completed on a 1.5 mile track at the historical Belmont Park.
The Morning line favorite for this race is Kentucky Derby winner, Orb. This is a horse that could have easily won the Preakness if not for getting boxed in on the final turn. He is the perfect combination of size and speed for this lengthy race. Orb showed us in the Derby that he has the energy it takes to compete in a 1.5 mile race. His late burst for the win makes it no surprise to see him as the favorite to take home a Belmont Stakes first prize.
Another horse with a solid combination of size and speed is Revolutionary. This is a horse that finished third in the Kentucky Derby due to a late push from Orb. Revolutionary has won the Louisiana Derby and the Withers Stakes. This is a horse that has a proven history of endurance which is the key element for this race and trainer Todd Pletcher has to like his horse’s chance of picking up a win at Belmont Park. Revolutionary will be ridden by Javier Castellano who is second in earnings this season. He has two second place finishes at Belmont and would like nothing more than to finally pick up that coveted win.
Another horse I really like in this race is Oxbow. This horse has the most experience coming into the Belmont States with 11 career starts. He has won 3 of those 11 starts including the 2013 Preakness. His jockey is Gary Stevens who is a veteran in the horse racing world. He has three Belmont Stakes victories under his belt winning in 1995, 1998 and 2001. He retired in 2005 but made a return to horse racing this season and he has seen a lot of success. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997 and with his experience on this proven horse you have to like Oxbow’s chances.
Golden Soul +1200
This is purely a value play. This horse finished second behind Orb in the Kentucky Derby coming from the back of the pack. That shows me that this horse has a lot of endurance which gives him a good chance to have a strong finished in such a long race. His jockey will be Robby Albarado who has over 4,500 wins in his career. He was the rider of Curlin, a horse than won the 2007 Preakness and had over $10 million in winnings. He has a fourth place and second place finish in the Belmont Stakes and with his experience there is too much value on Golden Soul to pass up.