2013 Belmont Stakes Predictions
ELMONT, NY (The Spread) - Which contender will win the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes tonight?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, Orb remains the favorite to win tonight's Belmont Stakes at 3/1, while Revoltuionary is 11/2 and Oxbow is 13/2. Freedom Child, meanwhile, is 9/1 while Unlimited Budget and Golden Soul are both 10/1, respectively.
Continuing with the odds, Palace Malice and Overanalyze are both 12/1, respectively, while Incognito is 14/1 and Will Take Charge is 20/1. Vyjack is 25/1, Frac Daddy is 28/1 and Giant Finish and Midnight Taboo are both 33/1, respectively.
Below are our predictions for win, place and show for this evening's race.
WIN: Revolutionary 11/2
Revolutionary finished third at the Kentucky Derby behind Orb and Golden Soul. And unlike Orb and 2013 Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow, Revolutionary is well rested. He has wins in three of his last four outings including at the Grade 3 Withers and the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby on March 30. Look for the well rested Revolutionary to pull off the small upset today.
PLACE: Orb 3/1
Orb will challenge for a money spot after finishing a disappointing fourth at the Preakness Stakes. He has a much favorable post position in the Belmont than he did at Pimlico last month, as he'll start out of the No. 5 gate. Fatigue could be a factor but Orb is too good not to take to finish in the money. In his last six races, he's won five and finished fourth, which was in the Preakness. Look for a bounce back outing for tonight's favorite.
SHOW: Unlimited Budget 10/1
Even though he's not a massive long shot, Unlimited Budget is our sleeper to finish in the money. He didn't run in the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness Stakes, but he has four graded stakes races under his belt with plenty of success in each start. He won the Grade 2 Demoiselle last year, the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra in February of this year, and the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks on March 30. He also placed third in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks last month so look for a good showing today out of the 3-year-old filly.
The 2013 Belmont Stakes will take place from Belmont Park on Saturday, June 8.