With 2013 Belmont Stakes less than 2 weeks away now, a fairly full field seems to be forming up for this 145th “Run for the Carnations” on Saturday June 8th at Belmont Park!
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“Rematch of Champions”,
Orb – the Kentucky Derby winner this year and Oxbow – this year’s Preakness winner seem headed for a 3rd rematch in 5 weeks here at Belmont Park as both camps appear to has their 3yo’s pointing to another shootout here on June 8th!
“Many Kentucky Derby runners are back”,
Overanalyze – winner of the GI Arkansas Derby than 11th in the Kentucky Derby is well rested for this 1 1/2 mile “Test of the Champion”!
Palace Malice – the head trouble maker in this year’s GI Kentucky Derby who set all those crazy hot early factions only to fade to 12th that day, looks to be back for more GI excitement here on June 8th!
Will Take Charge, 8th in the derby and 7th in the Preakness will also be running for the D. Wayne Lukas team along with stable mate Oxbow!
*NEW – Frac Daddy’s , name popped up yesterday as another possible Belmont Stakes runner this year. He finished 16th in the Derby slop but did come a closing 2nd in the GI Arkansas Derby 2 back!
Freedom Child, winner of the GII Peter Pan Stakes (the Belmont Stakes Prep) is a definite in for Belmont Park’s big dance of the season!
Always in a Tiz, 3rd in the Smarty Jones Stakes and 9th in the GI Wood Memorial Stakes is looking to turn around his 3yo season with a top performance here in less than 2 weeks!
Code West, 2nd in the GII Risen Star Stakes skipped both the Derby and Preakness to try out this 1 1/2 mile course!
“Some Ladies, maybe”?
Yes, Todd Pletcher is still making up his mind about sending Dreaming of Julia, 4th in the Kentucky Oaks and Unlimited Budget, 3rd in the Kentucky Oaks out for a run with the boys on June 8th or to send one or both out for the GI Mother Goose Stakes here on June the 22nd!
Ladies in the Belmont Stakes, not since Rags to Riches upended Curlin in the 2007 edition in a spine-tingling throw down stretch duel!
“Out in the Ether”,
So we count 16 names above for 14 GI Belmont Stakes gates, so something has got to give here. But, it does appear, at the very least, we will be getting a pretty full field of 3yo’s here at Belmont Park come June 8th for the 145th GI Belmont Stakes on Belmont Park’s richest racing day of the season.