The Orb/Oxbow duel
With his win in the Preakness Stakes, Oxbow seems to be in the ascendency over Orb, despite the latter’s Kentucky Derby win. What’s more, trainer Shug McGaughey waited until last Sunday’s final gallop to confirm Orb’s participation in the event. Another positive for Oxbow is that his his jockey, Gary Stevens, has already won three times at Belmont Park, while Joël Rosario, who will ride Orb, is still waiting for his first win there.
The Triple Crown win record for Lukas
Fourteen. That is the number of wins that Darrell Wayne Lukas has had in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. In other words, as many as Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons. Four-times winner in New York, including a treble between 1994 and 1996, the American trainer is running two horses at Belmont Park: Will Take Charge and Oxbow. The latter will be ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, with whom Lukas bagged himself the 1995 Belmont Stakes on Thunder Gulch.
Pletcher: the more horses you run, the more chance you have of winning
Todd Pletcher has chosen to register five horses: Revolutionary, Unlimited Budget, Overanalyze, Palace Malice, and Midnight Taboo. Although the latter has little chance of coming out on top, and even though Palace Malice is a proper outsider, there is no doubt that the three former horses are best-placed to make the 2007 winner’s day. That year, Pletcher had at his disposal the determination of John Velazquez, who won it again in 2012 with Michael Matz. It is, therefore, as a regular winner in New York that the Puerto Rican jockey will be riding Overanalyze on Saturday, unlike Rosie Napravnik on Unlimited Budget and Javier Castellano on Revolutionary.