06/27/2013 5:53PM

2013 Belmont Stakes - a look back


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.


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.