06/27/2013 5:53PM

2013 Belmont Stakes - a look back

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A photographic look back at this year's Belmont Stakes week, and race, won by Palace Malice (above).

Above:  Todd Pletcher during Belmont week.

Above/below:  Revolutionary, trained by Pletcher, would go off as the Belmont's second-choice at 5.30-1.

Above: Revolutionary pines for a snack.

Above:  Hey, Michael McCarthy, what are you looking at?  Todd Pletcher's assistant with Elliott Walden and Pletcher, Belmont week.

Above:  The long-faced Pletcher filly Unlimited Budget (above with Patti Krotenko) was 14-1 Belmont day and ran a respectable 6th.

Above:  Unlimited Budget after the race, with Isabel Escobar.

Above/below:  D. Wayne Lukas, 'the master,' is always popular with the media and fans - but he was extra-popular this year due to winning the Preakness with Oxbow.

Above:  Oxbow says, "Lemme out!"  His arrival at Belmont.

Above/below:  Oxbow, ridden during the week by Rudy Quevedo.

Above/below:  Frac Daddy, above with Ken McPeek.

Above:  McPeek.

Above:  The gorgeous Freedom Child was the 'hot' horse during the week, going off at 8-1 on Belmont day.  

Above:  Incognito.

Above:  Ya know how some horses are called 'rabbits'?  Well, so is this rabbit. Belmont training track.

Above:  OK, a couple of non-Belmont horses made for very interesting photos Belmont week, including stakes winner Macho Macho....

...and the well-named Toy Cannon (well, at least the cannon part), above.

Above:   Back to the Belmont pics.  Kentucky Derby runner-up Golden Soul.

Above:  Vyjack and Rudy Rodriguez school in the paddock on a rainy Belmont week morning.

Above:  Despite an eventual 14-horse field, realistically, the main talk was of Kentucky Derby winner Orb, shown above with Jenn Patterson.

Above/below:  Orb works in company with stablemate and G1 winner Hymn Book.  Jenn Patterson on Orb, Lena Lorieul on Hymn Book.

Above:  Orb and company, the morning before the Belmont.

Above:  Orb and Patterson.

Above:  Baffert shipped in a few for the big day, including Power Broker, above with Simon Harris up.

Above:  Breeders' Cup Mizdirection also made the journey.

Above/below:  Belmont Stakes day.

Above:  Forty Tales and Joel Rosario winning the Woody Stephens.

Above:  Stephanie's Kitten, rail, heads homeward in the Just a Game.  

Above:  Stephanie's Kitten and John Velazquez win the Just a Game for owner Ken Ramsey.

Above:  Power Broker and Rosie Napravnik return to the winner's circle after the Easy Goer Stakes.

Above:  Fast Bullet, also trained by Bob Baffert, wins the True North with Joel Rosario aboard.  Zayat Stables owns not just the winner but also the runner-up, Justin Phillip.

Above:  Fast Bullet and Joel Rosario return to the winner's circle.

Above/below:  Point of Entry, John Velazquez up, adds another G1 to his resume, the Manhattan....

...and Velazquez gets an appreciative kiss from exercise rider Jenn Patterson.

Above:  Point of Entry's win comes at a cost, as he comes out of the race with an injury to his left hind leg.  He is expected to recover fully.

Above:  Belmont Stakes jockeys.  Top row:  Luis Saez, Rosie Napravnik, Julien Leparoux, Javier Castellano, John Velazquez, Robby Albarado, Joel Rosario, Edgar Prado.  Seated: Alan Garcia, Jon Court, Gary Stevens, Irad Ortiz, Jr., Mike Smith, Garrett Gomez.

Above:  Heading to the paddock, note the three Mike Repole silks.

Above:  Todd Pletcher looks cool in the paddock, while his assistant, Michael McCarthy, follows.

Above:  Palace Malice steps out to the track.

Above:  Palace Malice and an attentive Mike Smith head postward.

Above:  Mike Smith. 

Above:  Orb and Joel Rosario both look nervous.

Above:  Orb and Giant Finish in the starting gate.

Above/below:  And they're off!

Above:  Into the homestretch....  Golden Soul, Orb, Palace Malice and Oxbow.

Above/below:  At the wire, Palace Malice and Mike Smith prevail, with Oxbow second and Orb third.

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Above/below:  Gary Stevens, Oxbow's rider, after the race.

Above:  Orb's rider, Joel Rosario, needs a shower.

Above:  So does Overanalyze's rider John Velazquez.

Above:  Mike Smith is clean and jubilant, celebrating aboard Palace Malice.

Above/below:  Todd Pletcher greets Mike Smith and their new classic winner Palace Malice.

Above:  Dogwood Stable's popular duo of Anne and Cot Campbell celebrate the win....

...as does Pletcher.

Above:  And Mike Smith looks darned happy, too.

Above:  Back at the barn after the race....

Above: ...Palace Malice gets some loving from exercise rider Annie Finney....

Above:  ....and loving appreciation from members of the Pletcher crew, many of whom played a part in Palace Malice becoming the 2013 Belmont Stakes winner.  A heartfelt congratulations!

Video of the 2013 Belmont: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd-5c4l-iKs

With specialthanks to Tom Keyser, Michael Amoruso, John Bambury, Justin N. Lane, Jenny Burgos, Nikki Sherman and Kat Turnbull.

laura ban More than 1 year ago
Hiya Barbara! Love all the photos, beautifully done! Mike Smith with his ear to ear grin never fails to get a chuckle from me! Hope I get to see that for many years to come! I've been away for a while and will have many happy hours ahead to get caught up on your blog! Thanks for all that you do!
judy berube More than 1 year ago
Dear BL: Fabulous commentary and photos. Great ones by TK too. Hugs, JB
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Wonderful!!!...ty...
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Barbara Wow, not only are your pictures outstanding and beautiful, but such is the photograhic crew with DRF. All of the contributors for this series are top notch !! Please say that you will come West and do a photo montage of Hollywood Park before they close her racing doors. So much history and so little time, and through your eyes she will remain timeless :) I always leave happy when I stop by here, Barbara. Thanks for making my day. SR Vegas
Gunner More than 1 year ago
muy bueno. no?
Luca Brazi More than 1 year ago
Barbara , your amazing.
Delrene Sims More than 1 year ago
Every photo is a story in itself. Thank you so much for these incredible pictures of the Belmont Stakes 2013. Just really enjoyed every one.
hialeah More than 1 year ago
Hi Barbara, As always, "you" have connected the people with the Thoroughbred against this historic setting in a fantastically, beautiful way (read: Nice Pictures). Thanks for the fun-packed edition!
ROBERT More than 1 year ago
I guess i'm biased ...But is there a sport in the world that produces more beautiful images than thoroughbred racing ?
Brian More than 1 year ago
Thanks again for outstanding work. Don't know how any racing fan can see your updates and not take a welcomed look at what you do. ALWAYS a pleasure!
Chuck Berger More than 1 year ago
As always you do such a marvelous job of showing us the heart and soul of horseracing. Thanks very much.