2013 Belmont Stakes
The Belmont Stakes is the third and final race in the Triple Crown series. It’s run from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York and is typically held three weeks after the Preakness Stakes. This year marks the 145th edition of the race, which is also known as the Test of the Champion because of its 1 1/2 mile distance.
This year a crowd of 47,562 filled the stands at Belmont Park to watch Kentucky Derby winner, Orb, and Preakness Stakes’ winner, Oxbow, go to battle yet again. However, neither of these horses could muster up enough speed and strength to take home the $620,000 winner’s purse. Instead, it was a mid-range long shot by the name of Palace Malice who aced the Test of the Champion.
Frac Daddy led the pack for most of the race, but Palace Malice kept pace with the leaders. Under Hall of Fame jockey, Mike Smith, the colt made his move down the final stretch and left Oxbow and Orb in the dust on the way to an impressive 3 1/4 length victory. With the win, Smith becomes the second Hall of Fame jockey to win a Triple Crown event this year.
The Triple Crown season has come to an end, but there will be no shortage of quality events during the rest of the 2013 horseracing season. We’ve seen some premier horse races over the last six weeks and we’re certain to be treated to many more in the months to come.