ELMONT, NY. June 8, 2013 — Palace Malice ran away with the Belmont Stakes prize today, beating out favorites Orb and Oxbow. The media repeated those two names all week, Orb thanks to his Derby win and Oxbow with his spectacular Preakness Victory. We knew every minute detail about both horses and heard little about No. 12, Palace Malice, one of Todd Pletcher’s squad of five entered in the race.
Mike Smith, riding his second Belmont victory, used his whip liberally and often, and Palace Malice frankly appeared exhausted at the end of the tiring 1-1/2 mile race, but held on to take the blanket of white carnations. With no Triple Crown possible this year thanks to different winners in the Derby and the Preakness, Belmont reverted to its frequently less-intense status.
Trainer Pletcher’s Dogwood Stables was in an almost can’t lose position, with five entrants in the field of 14 horses.
The beginning of the 145th Belmont saw Frac Daddy and Freedom Child, leaving from the No. 1 and 2 post positions respectively, and Oxbow from No. 7, romp off early leading the rest of the pack, while the others sorted themselves out. Co-favorite Orb was back some 10 lengths.
Palace Malice stayed near the lead and waited almost to the stretch to make his move, as Oxbow tried to reclaim the limelight he had garnered barely a month ago. The gap widened and there was no way either of the favored also-rans could make it up.
The distaff duo, Rosie Napravnik and Unlimited Budget, tried to make things work, and ended up a solid sixth for their efforts.
The remaining horses ended up seventh: Overanalyze; eighth: Vyjack; ninth: Golden Soul; tenth: Will Take Charge; eleventh:
Giant Finish; twelfth: Midnight Taboo; thirteenth: Freedom Child; fourteenth: Frac Daddy,
Payout for the winner was $29.60, $11.20, and $6.70. For Oxbow is was $9.90 and $6.10; for Orb it was $3.90.
Palace Malice was one of several who ran in the Derby, laid off for the Preakness, and returned fresh for the Belmont. A keenly intelligent and technology-savvy horse, immediately after the race “he” tweeted “I just won the Belmont Stakes.” Currently he has 484 retweets and 149 favorites.
Although it rained on Friday, the track had been rolled and pressed and made into what was termed “fast” and none of the horses seemed to have any difficulty in it.
Final Story, Different Race:
Taking nothing away from the spirit and prestige of the Belmont Stakes, a fantastic story surrounded the running of the Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont on Friday.
A horse with the strange name of Calidoscopio came all the way from the back, some 22 lengths on a sloppy track and making up that difference in the final half-mile to win the Grade 2, $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap. At the end of the race, he appeared to not even be breathing hard. Calidoscopio is a California horse, whose trainer, Mile Puype, said their goal is to have him ready for the Breeders Cup in November, and this was his first race at the Belmont track.
Calidoscopio is ten years old, and it was a fantastic race to watch.
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