Horse Racing

Belmont Stakes Odds: Orb Favorite

Kentucky Derby Sportsbook Orb was installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park, while Preakness Stakes Sportsbook Oxbow was relegated to third choice at 5-1.

A field of 14 will line up for the third jewel of the Triple Crown, the largest field since 14 went to the gate in 1996.

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Sandwiched between the two classic Sportsbooks on the morning line is Revolutionary, who is the second choice on the morning line at 9-2. The colt makes his first start since rallying up the rail to finish third in the Kentucky Derby.

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The colt is reunited with jockey Javier Castellano, who was aboard the colt for his wins in the Louisiana Derby (G2) and Withers (G3).

The colt joins stablemates Palace Malice and Overanalyze, who skipped the Preakness after running on Derby Day.

[ Belmont Stakes Betting History - longshots are good shots in New York ]

Those three will not be the only runners sent out by trainer Todd Pletcher. The conditioner will also saddle longshot Midnight Taboo, who is coming off a runner-up finish against first level optional claimers, and the filly Unlimited Budget.

Unlimited Budget won her first four career starts and suffered her first defeat when checking in third in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs on May 3. Pletcher saddled the filly Rags to Riches, who won the 2007 Belmont, just the third in the 144 previous runnings to be won by a filly.

The 13-race card gets underway at 11:35am eastern with the Belmont Stakes the 11th race on the card with a post time of 6:36 eastern.

2013 Belmont Stakes Post Positions (watch for line updates at Sportsbook on Saturday)







 Frac Daddy


 Alan Garcia

 Ken McPeek


 Freedom Child


 Luis Saez

 Tom Albertrani




 John Velazquez

 Todd Pletcher


 Giant Finish


 Edgar Prado

 Tony Dutrow




 Joel Rosario

 Shug McGaughey




 Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 Kiaran McLaughlin




 Gary Stevens

 D. Wayne Lukas


 Midnight Taboo


 Garrettt Gomez

 Todd Pletcher




 Javier Castellano

 Todd Pletcher


Will Take Charge


 Jon Court

 D. Wayne Lukas




 Julien Leparoux

 Rudy Rodriguez


 Palace Malice


 Mike Smith

 Todd Pletcher


 Unlimited Budget


 Rosie Napravnik

 Todd Pletcher


 Golden Soul


 Robby Albarado

 Dallas Stewart

Michael Dempsey’s Belmont Stakes Day Report

Michael’s Report includes his selections, analysis, fair odds line, and wagering recommendations for the entire Belmont Stakes Day card. The third jewel of the Triple Crown features an outstanding day of horse betting. The supporting stakes include the $500,000 Manhattan Handicap (G1), $500,000 Longines Just a Game (G1), $400,000 True North Handicap (G2) and the $400,000 Woody Stephens (G2).  Michael's Report will be available on Friday, June 7.

Belmont Stakes Props, from Sportsbook:

2013 BELMONT STAKES - Head to Head Matchups        

Orb -165

Oxbow +135

2013 BELMONT STAKES - Head to Head Matchups        

Orb -175

Revolutionary +145

2013 BELMONT STAKES - Head to Head Matchups        

Oxbow +120

Revolutionary -150

2013 BELMONT STAKES - Head to Head Matchups        

Freedom Child -125

Unlimited Budget-105

2013 BELMONT STAKES - Head to Head Matchups        

Golden Soul -115

Overanalyze -115

2013 BELMONT STAKES - Head to Head Matchups        

Giant Finish -115

Frac Daddy -115

2013 BELMONT STAKES - Will a horse whose name starts with the letter "O" win?

Orb, Oxbow, Overanalyze +140

No -180

2013 BELMONT STAKES - Will a horse lead wire to wire?           

Yes +600

No -1000

2013 BELMONT STAKES - Winning Time

Over 2:29  -130

Under 2:29 -110

2013 BELMONT STAKES - Margin of Victory      

Over 1.5 Lengths -120

Under 1.5 Lengths -120