2013 Belmont Post Positions & Odds

Orb Draws 5th in 2013 Belmont



Kentucky Derby winner, Orb, drew 5th in post position for the 2013 Belmont Stakes this Saturday. It’s no surprise that he is the morning line favorite for the race at 3-1, either. Many will be happy that he is not on the rail as he was for the Preakness, while others feel that his post position had little or nothing to do with his performance in that race. When asked about Orb’s post position, trainer Shug McGaughey had this to say-


“I said I’d like to get the middle and that’s about as middle as you can get, so I’m a lot more satisfied there than I was at Pimlico.”

Oxbow & Stevens Draw 7 Post

Oxbow Horsing Around or "Oxbowing"Gary Stevens and Preakness winner, Oxbow will be starting from the 7 slot on Saturday, one slot over from where he started in the Preakness. As expected, the D. Wayne Lukas trained horse will be 5-1 on the morning line odds, just behind Todd Pletcher’s Revolutionary at  9-2 who will be starting from the 9 hole. Oxbow has gained a large fan-base since his win in the Preakness and many suspect he will be able to hold his own against Orb in the Belmont. When asked about Oxbow’s post position, Lukas said that he felt too much emphasis is put on the post position draw. In a race like this one, he is more concerned about who is around him and what they will be doing. With his game face on, it didn’t seem he will be “Oxbowing around” come Saturday.


Freedom Child Stuck in Post Position 2

Freedom Child, winner of the 2013 Peter Pan, drew the 2 post for the Belmont, a position he doesn’t necessarily care for. At 8-1 morning line odds, Freedom Child is surprisingly rated higher than Kentucky Derby runner-up, Golden Soul who will charge from the far outside in slot 14. Freedom Child’s trainer, Tom Albertrani had this to say about the 2 post-


“I think we were hoping to get a little farther toward the middle, but we dealt with post 1 in the Peter Pan, so we’ll just deal with post 2 in the Belmont. I don’t know if he’s the kind of horse that wants to be behind horses, because he’s got a free-running style. He’ll probably want to find himself clear into the first turn, whether he has to use himself a little bit into the turn like he did in the Peter Pan when he broke real slow and worked his way to the front. It just depends on how he leaves there. He’ll just have to work his way on the inside there and see where he ends up.”




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