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Belmont Stakes 2013 – Revolutionary, an Overlooked Favorite

Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
With the Belmont Stakes only a few days away, I am left with the feeling that I had in 2012. Before last year’s Belmont I wrote a blog, Does Anyone Remember Union Rags?  I have that same feeling about Revolutionary.
Both horses were very highly regarded on the Kentucky Derby trail, with each occupying the top spot on many people’s Derby lists. Both were ridden by Javier Castellano in prep races only to have him take a Derby mount on a different horse. Both Union Rags and Revolutionary went off as the betting second choice in the Run for the Roses and ran good races, Union Rags finished a troubled seventh and Revolutionary got third. Significantly, the connections of both horses opted to pass on the Preakness and prepare for the Belmont Stakes.
Both horses came into the Belmont Stakes as overlooked horses. Union Rags was in the shadow of I’ll Have Another’s ill-fated attempt to win the Triple Crown. This year Revolutionary has been ignored because of the wins by Orb and Shug McGaughey and D. Wayne Lukas’ Oxbow.
Revolutionary comes into the Belmont with a possible field of 14 that includes four other horses trained by Todd Pletcher. Pletcher’s filly, Unlimited Budget, and Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice seem to be getting far more attention than WinStar Farm’s Revolutionary.
Elliot Walden of WinStar (center), Todd Pletcher, and Asst. Michael McCarthy watch Revolutionary's final Belmont Stakes workout.
Both Revolutionary and Union Rags went into the Belmont with seven career starts, and just like Union Rags, Revolutionary is second in career earnings in the Belmont field.
It is not unprecedented for the winner of the Belmont to have not won either the Derby or the Preakness.  As a matter of fact, you have to go back to 2005, and Afleet Alex, to find a Belmont winner that had actually won either the Derby or the Preakness.
Revolutionary has never finished worse than third in his career. He is getting Castellano back on board and Javier has never lost with him. The War Pass colt has had five weeks off since the Derby and has been training smartly. The field seems to have plenty of horses that like to run early, thus there should be a good pace to set up Revolutionary’s closing running style.
According to trainer Todd Pletcher, Revolutionary is “a horse that knows when it is game time.” Once again this year, I am looking for a talented and overlooked horse to run big in New York and take down the Test of Champions. Game time is Saturday, June 8th, at around 6:30pm ET and I will be supporting the WinStar colors. 


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Several of us also posted prior to the race we had Overanalyze, and other losing horses. But yes, this website is pretty good
Wish I found this website earlier then. Great job!!
Several of us posted prior to the race we had PM
I also liked revolutionary to upset the belmont and bet him heavily. He was sitting a nice trip and then made up some ground but not enough was very disappointed. I was there and it seemed nobody had palace malice. The place was very quiet after the race. The only thing going off was my phone with my friend texting me that he had Palace Malice. So one person I know won at least
By the way, randybrill34, my wife said that you shouldn't call me a joke, fool, and an idiot. That you should just pick one of them!
  • yukichan · You are class through and through...that's how I would describe you. With a big dose of sense of humor! · 1629 days ago
Orb also sweats alot, the hot weather in Baltimore might have added to Orb getting beat, he might not like high humidity and heat.
Orb didn't lose because he was on the rail, he was at leas 3 paths off of it, just like Oxbow....he didn't lose because he doesn;t like being inside of horses, thats a myth....he lost because he was overtrained by an old school trainer, he was a tired horse. He ran 1 1/4 miles, in the heavy mud, and closed 18 lengths. The Derby tokk something out of him. Instead of Shug galloping him up to the Preakness with no breezes to freshen him pu, he works him a little over a week after the D4erby, 5 days before the Preakness, and he works in :47. The work took some starch out of Orb, he left his Preakness on the training track on Monday.
One of his subsequent remarks was removed, I believe, btl. It was hugely inappropriate. That has happened on HRN when personal remarks/attacks occur. Maybe he has been 'counselled'.
thread... I am a terrible typist
Notice how randybrill leaves the tread when someone calls him on his wrong info... But he will be back screaming and name calling if he should happen to be right...
AndyScoggin, How nice of you be so generous!
Revolutionary at 5-1 is a gift.
@Kay - Many forget that ONLY the female can pass the X factor to their off spring.
I meant the 3 have won at *1 1/8*
War Pass has at least 3 that have won over the 1 1/6th distance- Revolutionary, Java's War, and Scooter Bird.
Mothers contribute to pedigrees and offspring as well as fathers. And Revolutionary's female side is packed with stamina. He could go either way, and we will find out on Saturday.
Thank you, ruffianlover. I was initially offended that rb34 described the article's author as a joke and a fool. We don't need name-calling on this forum and we all should remember that we post at the discretion of the HRN editor/staff. This rb34 is not even checking facts, much less showing respect to anyone here.
and Thunder sired Point Given...
@randy... Gulch sired Thunder Gulch who did win the Belmont in 95... Why can't we avoid using words like "joke", "fool" "idiot"... Your opinion is your opinion but using those words which show a person's character...
Revolutionary is his sire's first winner at 1 1/6 miles. War Pass stood only two years at stud, including a stint in Australia, before his mysterious death right before the 2011 breeding season.

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