Belmont Stakes Odds: Orb Confirmed After Strong Work

Kentucky Derby winner Orb is the early betting favorite for the Belmont Stakes (photo credit:

Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Orb was confirmed for the $1 million Belmont Stakes (G1) after a strong workout on Sunday at Belmont Park, and in early betting odds is the 7-2 favorite.

The Shug McGaughey trainee will face off against Preakness (G1) winner Oxbow and as many as 13 other runners, as a large field is expected to run in the third jewel of racing’s Triple Crown.

Orb was sent out Sunday morning and drilled four furlongs in :48.30 with regular exercise rider Jennifer Patterson aboard and working in company with Grade 1 winner Hymn Book.

“He hasn’t missed a beat,” said McGaughey after the morning drill “Everything has been A-1 forward. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be standing here talking to you. I think the Belmont is a race that stands on its own and we would love to be able to compete in it and love to be able to have a good chance to win, and go from there.”

It will be the 21st time that the Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness winners have squared off in the Belmont Stakes. The Preakness winner has won nine of those races, the Derby winner has won five.

On the early betting line released by Michael Dempsey of, Preakness winner Oxbow is the second choice at 4-1, followed by Revolutionary, the Derby third place finisher who is listed at betting odds of 5-1.

Trainer Todd Pletcher, who went 0 for 5 in the Derby and bypassed the Preakness will send out five runners including Revolutionary. His other runners are Midnight Taboo, Overanalyze, Palace Malice, and Unlimited Budget.

Unlimited Budget is a filly and is coming off a third place finish in the Kentucky Oaks (G1). Pletcher’s lone Belmont Stakes win came with the filly Rags to Riches in 2007.


Probable field for the 2013 Belmont Stakes





Last Start

Frac Daddy


Ken McPeek Alan Garcia Kentucky Derby, 16th
Freedom Child


Tom Albertrani Luis Saez Peter Pan, 1st
Giant Finish


Tony Dutrow Edgar Prado Kentucky Derby, 10th
Golden Soul


Dallas Stewart Robby Albarado Kentucky Derby, 2nd


Kiaran McLaughlin Irad Ortiz Jr. Peter Pan, 5th
Midnight Taboo


Todd Pletcher Garrett Gomez Belmont alw, 2nd


Shug McGaughey Joel Rosario Preakness, 4th


Todd Pletcher John Velazquez Kentucky Derby, 11th


D. Wayne Lukas Gary Stevens Preakness, 1st
Palace Malice


Todd Pletcher Mike Smith Kentucky Derby, 12th


Todd Pletcher Javier Castellano Kentucky Derby, 3rd
Unlimited Budget


Todd Pletcher Rosie Napravnik Kentucky Oaks, 3rd


Rudy Rodriguez Julien Leparoux Kentucky Derby, 18th
Will Take Charge


D. Wayne Lukas Jon Court Preakness, 7th


*Early odds provided by Michael Dempsey of

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