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The Orb-Oxbow showdown at the 145th Belmont Stakes was interrupted by a surprise visitor in the stretch on Saturday: Todd Pletcher's underachieving brown colt, Palace Malice.

With veteran hall of fame jockey Mike Smith up, Palace Malice was positioned perfectly at the top of the stretch for a run at the wire. At the quarter pole, Smith guided him past Oxbow, the Preakness winner, and never looked back. Palace Malice, who went off at 14-1, galloped to a 3 1/4 length victory. Oxbow held off a charging Orb, the Derby winner, for second.

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It's Belmont Day here in NYC and Andrea has left town just in time. The track has a few hours to dry before post time. The big race won't go off until 6:36 pm, so you'll have plenty of time to handicap this one. If the track is still a bit soggy by then, it will only make the favored Orb, who won the Derby in the slop last month a more prohibitive favorite.

Fennelly's picks: Overanalyze, Orb, Unlimited Budget...?Longshot: Ingognito

GEICO SportsNite has reactions from hall of fame jockey Gary Stevens, who will be riding the Preakness winner, Oxbow, in today's Belmont Stakes.

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Yesterday, at the 144th running at the Belmont Stakes, Union Rags with Johnny Velasquez up, raced past Mike Smith and Paynter in the final 50 yards to win by a head in a what was fitting ending to a disappointing week here at Belmont.

With Triple Crown candidate I'll Have Another pulled suddenly from the field due to injury on Friday, the healthy crowd of 85, 811 were treated to one of the most thrilling rides in recent memory here.

Smith had Bob Baffert's Paynter poised to wire the field (an incredible feat in a mile-and-a-half race), but drifted off the rail late in the stretch, allowing the opportunistic Velasquez to sneak past him aboard the surging Union Rags.

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