Belmont Stakes

Saturday June 8, 2013: Belmont Park


Undercard Races

Always in a Tiz (left), David Cohen up, and Eton Blue (right), ridden by Jose Lezcano, join a field of nine for the first stakes race of the day, the Easy Goer.
Eton Blue's trainer, Nick Zito, watches as Power Broker wins the Easy Goer Stakes. Micromanage (left) was second.

Rosie Napravnik gets the win on Power Broker.
Leading the field in the grade II True North Handicap Stakes are two horses owned by Zayat Stables: Fast Bullet (right), Joel Rosario up, and Justin Phillip, ridden by John Velazquez.

The winner is Fast Bullet (above and right) trained by Bob Baffert. Steve Asmussen trains runner-up Justin Phillip.
Better Lucky (left), ridden by Joel Rosario, and Stephanie's Kitten, with John Velazquez, race toward the finish in the grade I Just A Game Stakes for mares and fillies.

The winners are Stephanie's Kitten (above) and John Velazquez.
Let Em Shine, Edwin Maldonado up (above), and Honorable Dillon (right), ridden by Junior Alvarado, take part in the post parade for the Woody Stephens Stakes, seven furlongs on the dirt for three year olds.
Forty Tales, Joel Rosario up, comes from behind to win the grade II Woody Stephens.
Kent Desormeaux and Merit Man finish a disappointing last in the Woody Stephens.
Real Solution (above) with Julien Leparoux, and Finnegans Wake (right) with Jose Lezcano, enter the track for the Manhattan Handicap post parade.
Irad Ortiz Jr. takes Plainview to the front at the start of the grade I Manhattan.

Point of Entry passes Optimizer on his way to winning the Manhattan, a mile and a quarter on the inner turf course.
Joel Rosario brings Optimizer back to be unsaddled after their second-place finish.
Point of Entry is led down Victory Lane to the Belmont winner's circle. The five-year-old son of Dynaformer is owned by Phipps Stable and trained by Shug McGaughey.

Point of Entry leaves the track after his victory.

The Belmont Stakes

Belmont Stakes contender Freedom Child, Luis Saez up, enters the track for the post parade.
The 14-horse Belmont Stakes field includes Kentucky Derby winner Orb (Joel Rosario up) . . .
. . . as well as Preakness winner Oxbow (with jockey Gary Stevens).
Derby runner-up Golden Soul skipped the Preakness but is back for the Belmont.
Horses break from the gate, including, from left, Vyjack, Will Take Charge, Revolutionary, Midnight Taboo, Oxbow, Incognito and Orb.

Frac Daddy (right) takes the early lead. The others, from left, are Giant Finish, Overanalyze and Freedom Child.
Flying toward the clubhouse turn
Palace Malice, Mike Smith up, has the lead in the stretch, followed by Oxbow (#7) and Orb (left).
Palace Malice increases his lead.
Palace Malice is a son of two-time horse of the year Curlin and is trained by Todd Pletcher.
Palace Malice wins the Belmont Stakes.
Unlimited Budget, the only filly in the race, finishes sixth, ridden by the only female jockey in this year's Belmont, Rosie Napravnik.
Mike Smith and Palace Malice head down Victory Lane and into the winner's circle.
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