The 145th running of the Belmont Stakes Saturday at Belmont Park won’t produce a Triple Crown winner, but Orb and jockey Joel Rosario can still make history.
While not as illustrious as the Triple Crown, the three-year-old aims to be the 12th horse to win the Kentucky Derby and Belmont. Orb is the favorite to win at 3/1 odds. A poor start out of the gate in the Preakness Stakes cost Orb the shot at the Triple Crown, but he still finished fourth behind winner Oxbow.
Oxbow’s team and experience are why he’s another strong favorite at Belmont this year. Trained by six-time Preakness champion D. Wayne Lukas, Oxbow is the most experienced horse at the Belmont this year, with 11 career starts. And jockey Gary Stevens has already won at Belmont three times.
Trainer Todd Pletcher stands the best chance to field a winner, with five horses from his stable lining up. Revolutionary stands at 9/2 odds, and could give Pletcher the opportunity for his second Belmont victory and best finish since Stay Thirsty came in second in 2011.
Overanalyze, Midnight Taboo, Palace Malice, and Unlimited Budget are also under Pletcher’s watch.
The weather forecast calls for isolated thunderstorms about an hour and a half before start time, and despite heavy rain over the last two days causing floods around the New York area, the race will go on as scheduled.
The race begins at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time on NBC, or watch their free live online stream on NBC Live Extra here. Pre-race coverage will start at 5 p.m. on NBC.
Betting Odds and Gate
1) Frac Daddy 30-1
2) Freedom Child 8-1
3) Overanalyze 12-1
4) Giant Finish 30-1
5) Orb 3-1
6) Incognito 20-1
7) Oxbow 5-1
8) Midnight Taboo 30-1
9) Revolutionary 9-2
10) Will Take Charge 20-1
11) Vyjack 20-1
12) Palace Malice 15-1
13) Unlimited Budget 8-1
14) Golden Soul 10-1
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