The 138th running of the Preakness Stakes solidified a 36th straight year without a Triple Crown winner. Oxbow picked up the win, upsetting Orb, who was the odds-on favorite.
With the Kentucky Derby winner finishing in fourth at Pimlico, the colt won’t have a chance to make history at the 2013 Belmont Stakes. However, his poor showing could set up a highly-anticipated rematch on June 8.
The field for the race at Belmont Park won’t be set for a few weeks, but Orb and Oxbow are expected to lead the way. The trainers for both horses have indicated that each will run in the final leg of the Triple Crown.
“You know me,” D. Wayne Lukas said after Oxbow’s win on Saturday. “I like to rack them up in the big events. So, I’ll probably go.”
“We just all came to the conclusion that we should just watch Orb and see,” said trainer Shug McGauhey after speaking with owners Ogden Mills “Dinny” Phipps and Stuart Janney III. “I think everything is in good shape. We’d like to run.”
If Orb and Oxbow face off at Belmont, it might be a toss-up to find out who is the actual favorite. Early betting odds released by sportsbook.ag have Orb and Oxbow even at +300.
In 2011, Animal Kingdom and Shackleford was the last pair of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners to race in the Belmont Stakes. Neither one, however, was able to win a second leg of the Triple Crown. Ruler On Ice pulled off the upset, winning the race with 24/1 odds.
Orb and Oxbow may be the favorites, but they’ve proven to be very beatable. The Kentucky Derby winner followed up his victory at Churchill Downs with a fourth place finish at the Preakness. Oxbow’s victory was one of the least impressive in years. His winning time of 1:57.54 was the worst in 52 years.
Itsmyluckyday could be poised for a big showing at Belmont. He came in second at the Preakness and has been given +800 odds by Sportsbook. Overanalyze and Revolutionary are tied at +800, as well. The Todd Pletcher trained horses came in third and 11th, respectively, at this year’s Kentucky Derby.
Mylute is the only other horse that has participated in both legs. The horse improved to third in the Preakness after coming in fifth at the Kentucky Derby.
Below are the early betting odds for the 2013 Belmont Stakes. The one and a half mile race is tentatively set to get underway at 6:40 on Saturday, June 8.
Power Broker +1000
Palace Malice +1000
Normandy Invasion +1000
Dreaming of Julia +1000
Golden Soul +1200
Code West +1200
Freedom Child +1500
Unlimited Budget +1500