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.