VIENNA, Va., June 6, 2013 — Saturday’s 145th Belmont Stakes, to be held at the pristine track setting in Elmont, N.Y., will bring together several horses from its Triple Crown predecessors, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness at Pimlico, Maryland.
Dreams of a Triple Crown winner have been shattered by Orb (with Joel Rosario) at the Derby and Oxbow (Gary Stevens riding again) at the Preakness, and now the two three-year-olds will reprise their fantastic runs one more time. D. Wayne Lukas’s Will Take Charge will again be there, and Revolutionary from Todd Pletcher’s racing quintet of horses will join them in a rerun, over the 1-1/2 mile course.
Will the racing gods smile this time on Rosie Napravnik, aboard another Pletcher entry, this time a really fast filly with the intriguing name of Unlimited Budget? This lady has paid her dues, ridden like a mad demon and deserves her shot at the white carnations, which will drape the neck of the winner.
On the other hand, Unlimited Budget is likely to be a certain winner in the Mother Goose Stakes coming up on June 22, but running against the boys are tall creds for the filly, particularly if she should win. And slotted in the No. 13 postposition, she will be right where she likes to run with the current odds of 8-1.
Frac Daddy, the beautiful dark gray colt who failed in the Derby stretch and skipped the Preakness, gets to give it another go, taking Alan Garcia along with him for trainer Ken McPeek, he starting from No. 1 position, even with early odds of 30-1.
The No. 2 postposition goes to ridgling Freedom Child, half-sibling to Derby winner Orb, who will go off from No. 5. With early odds at 8-1 despite a Beyer figure of 99, he might end up in contention, depending on the track surface.
Oxbow is going off at 5-1 and Orb at 3-1 as the basic favorites just two days pre-Belmont along with Freedom Child at 8-1
Just for Fun:
If the Freedom Child, traveling Incognito, with Palace Malice in her mind, tried to Overanalyze, saying that as a Golden Soul she would play the Revolutionary and Will Take Charge with her Unlimited Budget, pushing her Midnight Taboo to a Giant Finish, and thus escape her Frac Daddy’s shining Orb, all would be fine in New York this Saturday. Ah, if we could but wish! And now back to racing reality.
Post Positions as of Thursday afternoon:
1 Frac Daddy A. Garcia
2 Freedom Child Luis Saez
3 Overanalyze John Velazquez
4 Giant Finish Edgar Prado
5 Orb Joel Rosario
6 Incognito Irad Ortiz, Jr.
7 Oxbow Gary Stevens
8 Midnight Taboo Garrett Gomez
9 Revolutionary Javier Castellano
10 Will Take Charge Jon Court
11 Vyjack Julien Leparoux
12 Palace Malice Mike Smith
13 Unlimited Budget Rosie Napravnik
14 Golden Soul Robby Albarado
Just remember, if a lady named Andrea makes an appearance, it could throw the whole race into a muddy mess and all bets are off. Pray for a clear, dry day.
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